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Autism and the Pandemic of School Absence: Equipping Families

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 ​​​​​​
6:00 p.m. PST | Zoom Webinar



Across the country, professional supports for children with autism and developmental delays have come to a virtual halt due to the reduction of formal educational supports for children with disabilities. The resulting disruption in schedules and routines can be even more detrimental to youth with autism, than to the general population, with lasting effects on mental health and school outcomes.

Join our panel of experts as they share how the UO has shifted to a telehealth model and implemented family-centered services that provide parents with the tools to manage interventions at home. Learn how their innovative work could alter the entire paradigm of effective interventions and disability services to children with autism and developmental delays. Their work impacts the lives of children and families and is critical to preparing the next generation of teachers and school professionals for new challenges before us.

Our panel incudes:

  • Geovanna RodriguezAssistant Professor of School Psychology in the Special Education and Clinical Sciences Department.
  • Laura Lee McIntyreDepartment Head of Special Education and Clinical Sciences and Professor of School Psychology.
  • Wendy Machalicek, Associate Professor in Special Education and research faculty with Educational and Community Supports


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Laura Lee McIntyre​​​​​​

“A lot of science gets published in peer-reviewed journals or people present it at conferences, but it doesn’t really change the lives of children and families and communities. I think here, in our culture at the College of Education, it’s not enough to publish. We want to see that translation of improving practices.”
Laura Lee McIntyre, Department Head of Special Education and Clinical Sciences and Professor of School Psychology.

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Learn how the UO is applying its expertise in genomic, human subjects research, and data science to develop testing and forecasting tools through Oregon’s COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program, known as MAP. This effort, which is happening partnership with Lane County Public Health, will generate data to inform policymakers and university leaders as they make critical choices about safely resuming in-person activities this fall.

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For families with young children, the impacts of COVID-19, such as disruptions in childcare, the stress of working from home while parenting, and in some cases financial insecurity from lost employment, may be felt for years to come.

Our panel of experts discuss the effects of this pandemic on younger generations and share insights from the groundbreaking Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development in Early Childhood (RAPID-EC) survey of families with young children.

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The pandemic has dramatically shown how design and human health are inseparable and the UO is pioneering research into how architecture and city planning can change to better protect public health and safety.

Associate Professor Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg and Research Assistant Professor Mark Fretz from the Institute for Health in the Built Environment discuss how buildings and communities can adapt to be healthier.

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