January 2024


Technology and Employment First

Join National APSE each month to learn more about integrating Technology First into Employment First practice. In Spring 2023, the Technology First Webinar series kicked off APSE's goal to educate members on using technology to support employment. This Community of Practice will share ideas and examples of how technology is being used around the country to improve employment options for people with disabilities. 

This month's topic is Using Virtual Reality to move toward CIE, presented by Mike Barry and Roshan Peiris.


25th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities

(2 days) Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach ResortHonoluluHI96815

Calling all educators, administrators, researchers, college instructors, and related professionals working in the field of autism, intellectual disability and/or developmental disabilities... DADD’s conference is for you! Presenters will share the most current research and practice recommendations related to improving educational outcomes for individuals with autism/autistic individuals, intellectual disability, and/or developmental disabilities, with a focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ).

The conference program features more than 300 interactive lecture, panel, roundtable, collaborative, and poster presentations, networking socials, an exhibit hall, and other opportunities to engage with colleagues and leaders in the field. Conference attendees also may choose to participate in one of three pre-conference training institutes: Institute I focuses on transition, Institute II has a BCBA focus, and Institute III focuses on technology.


Community Options’ Positive Options Summit

(2 days) The Hermitage Hotel231 6th Ave NNashvilleTN37219

This is a unique opportunity for Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) to explore best practices for supporting individuals with disabilities with complex behavior. Continuing Education Credits will be offered to attending BCBAs through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Dr. Adithyan Rajaraman of Vanderbilt University will headline three keynote speakers. Additional keynote speakers include Dr. Ellie Kazemi and Dr. Yulema Cruz.


Multiple Pathways to Employment: Exploring Non-Traditional Employment Options

Assisting Individuals with disabilities obtain and maintain employment has been a mainstay of employment programs for a number of years. While the traditional course of obtaining employment was to work for an employer in the community, research is suggesting that self-employment also works well for workers with disabilities. Yet many programs are not equipped with the knowledge to assist individuals move toward this route. Exploring Non-Traditional Employment Options focuses on multiple paths to employment (self-employment, apprenticeships, "gig economy” work) as a direction for individuals to pursue and how programs can assist in the process of helping individuals to be successful in this arena.  Using the tools provided, providers will become experts at assisting individuals with disabilities gain and maintain self- employment, side hustles and new pathways into the workforce.


ATIA 2024 Conference

(3 days) Orlando World Center Marriott8701 World Center DriveOrlandoFL32821

ATIA 2024 is where the assistive technology community will gather, January 25–27, in Orlando, Florida and virtually! Over the past 24 years, the ATIA conference has been the leading community-building and learning event for all things AT.

Connect with thousands of assistive technology practitioners, teachers, parents, caregivers, persons with disabilities, and more. Discover new technologies, opportunities, and creative ideas that support the power of the AT community. Inspire and empower one another as you engage in authentic, thought-provoking, and collaborative (and fun!) experiences that will shape a better future for persons with disabilities.


2024 Conference for Utah Special Education Professionals

Murray High School5440 State StMurrayUT84107

Come join an educator conference on Saturday, January 27 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Murray High in Murray, Utah. The keynote speaker will be John Arthur, 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year and National Finalist. Breakout sessions will include math and reading instruction, transition, AAC and tech tools, behavior supports, and much more. With over 20 sessions on topics spanning the field, this conference is sure to help educators find tips to support students with disabilities.