PULSE Conference 2016

Parents United with Leaders, Students, and Educators

Presented by the Orange County Public Schools ESE Parent Support Team

Orange County Public Schools invites you to attend an event dedicated to supporting families of students with disabilities.

ONE DAY....ONE LOCATION....FREE ACCESS TO SERVICES, INFORMATION, AND SUPPORT


The annual PULSE Conference for families of students with disabilities is back and bigger than ever before! The focus of the PULSE Conference is to provide support, information, and access to services to families of Orange County Public Schools students with disabilities. Parents, educators, administrators, advocates, self-advocates, students, and professionals may participate in this conference to gain skills and information vital to their success.


This year, PULSE is proud to announce the LIFESPAN TRANSITION Track, which will include breakout sessions on topics relevant to adults with disabilities and their caregivers. Our Ruby Sponsor FVDD, Florida's Voice for the Developmentally Disabled, has partnered with the Autism Society of Florida, the Centers for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida (DSACF) to create a Lifespan Transition track at the PULSE Conference. This opens PULSE to all ages and stages in the community, and we are excited to be able to provide a venue for our partners.


Breakout sessions will be offered on Health and Nutrition, Mental Health, Education, Early Childhood Education, McKay Scholarship, K-12 Transition, Employment, Behavior Strategies, Lifespan Transition (Post-Secondary), IEP Basics, and much more!


YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND AND RECEIVE:


  • FREE LUNCH
  • K-12 TRANSITION FORUM
  • NEW!!! Lifespan Transition for adults with disabilities and their families/caregivers
  • VENDOR FAIR
  • FREE RAFFLE
  • OCPS EDUCATORS RECEIVE IN SERVICE POINTS FROM FDLRS FOR ATTENDING!


There will be no childcare available for this event. All ESE students are welcome to register and attend sessions!

2016 PULSE Conference at FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 8am-5pm

2500 West Taft Vineland Road

Orlando, FL

REGISTER HERE!

To register, volunteer, submit a presentation proposal, become a vendor, or become a PULSE Conference Sponsor, or learn more about PULSE, CLICK HERE!

PULSE 2016's Keynote Speaker - Patricia Moody

Patricia Moody, a vivacious red-head, is an inspiration to all who get to know her. She is known as the Happy Advocate and her dynamic, sparkling personality and upbeat approach to life equip her to be a great advocate for those with disabilities.

The beauty of sign language captured Patricia’s heart as a teenager and she became proficient as a teacher of American Sign Language after she graduated from high school. She is a speaker and singer for many national, state and local events, advocating for all persons with developmental disabilities. Patricia served on the Board of Directors of the ARC of Indian River County, and also on the Board of the National Down Syndrome Congress. She presently serves on the Self-Advocate Council for the National Down Syndrome Congress. This fall, Patricia launched into independent life as a freshman student at the University of Central Florida in their new Inclusion Education Services Program. Come and hear about the amazing advancements that this program is offering to students with intellectual disabilities!

HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED IN THE 2015 PULSE CONFERENCE?



BE A PRESENTER!

Do you have valuable information, an inspiring story, or techniques you use that really make a difference for students with disabilities? Just click on the word "PRESENTER" above and download the Proposal Form from the PULSE website to share your knowledge with other families, parents, teachers, and professionals at the PULSE Conference!


EXHIBIT AS A VENDOR!


Does your organization provide services or support to students with disabilities and their families? If your organization needs to reach more families, the PULSE Conference offers a unique opportunity to reach hundreds of families on one day. Just click on the word "VENDOR" above and download the Vendor application from the PULSE website and promote your organization at the PULSE Conference!


SUPPORT AS A SPONSOR!


If your organization needs to reach thousands of families of students with disabilities, consider being a PULSE 2015 Sponsor! As a Title Sponsor, you will be highlighted in all PULSE Conference communications from Orange County Public Schools to thousands of families and local news media outlets! Just click on the word "SPONSOR" above and download the Sponsorship Packet from the PULSE website!


HELP AS A VOLUNTEER!

If you want to be part of the PULSE Conference but don't wish to be a presenter or vendor, think about being a PULSE Volunteer! Just click on the word "VOLUNTEER" above and download the Volunteer Application from the PULSE website!


If you need more information about the PULSE Conference, email Jill.Morrison@ocps.net!

PULSE 2016 Sponsors

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Autism Society of Florida

The OCPS Parent Services Program for Exceptional Student Education is a parent to parent partnership funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.For more than ten years, this program has offered peer support, community resource access, District information important to families, and acted as a conduit between schools and families in need. The program is designed to empower parents to advocate for their own children and to help parents teach their children self-advocacy skills.