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Event Updates

Emailed updates from Summer Institute staff are posted here.

Registered for the Summer Institute but not receiving email updates? Please contact Tanisha Clarke-Dobney to confirm we have your correct email address on file, so that you may receive real time news and updates pertinent to your attendance.


7/21/11 Email Update: Summer Institute Evaluation and Certificate of Attendance

If you did not ATTEND the Summer Institute, please DISREGARD.

Thank you for attending the 10th Annual Autism Summer Institute at Wharton High School in Tampa, FL on July 26 – 27, 2011. The Evaluation and Certificate of Attendance is now available.

The Summer Institute Committee invites you to complete a brief online evaluation about your attendance at the 10th Annual Autism Summer Institute. Please assist us by taking 5 minutes to complete this evaluation. We appreciate your time and thank you in advance for the feedback! Your comments will assist us in planning the 11th Annual Autism Summer Institute in 2012.

To start the evaluation, please click the link or copy and paste into your web browser:

We would appreciate your response by August 26, 2011.

Certificate of Attendance:
At the conclusion of the evaluation you will be asked your overall ratings and to provide additional comments. After which, you will be able to view and print your Certificate of Attendance.

If you have any questions or encounter any problems while completing this evaluation please contact Tanisha Clarke-Dobney at 813-974-3126 or  


8/8/11 Web Update: iPad Special Ed Resource Links Available

The additional resources presented during the iPad session are available via the link below. They have also been posed to the materials page as well as the presenters page.

7/25/11 Web Update: New Resource Added for Day 1, Bellini

Please be aware that a new presernter resource has been posted for the Summer Institute Day 1 Presentation, Building Social Relationships:... by Scott Bellini.

This document can also be accessed and downloaded via the materials page as well as Bellini's presenter page. Note: It will not be available on the Summer Institute material CD provided at the event.


7/21/11 Email Update: 2011 Summer Institute Last Minute Info

5 Days and Counting!

Dear Summer Institute Registrant:

Please read this email thoroughly for some final reminders and logistics. It is also important that you visit the Summer Institute websitebecause it is periodically being updated. And be sure to read the Event Updates page.


Remember handouts are available online ONLY. Please read below for further information. You can access and print your handouts of choice from the materials page of the website.

Day 2 Sessions:

Day 2 sessions will be attended on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are several options to choose from however some sessions only allow for a limited number of participants. We suggest that you a have a first, second, and possibly third option in mind prior to arriving. So check out the agenda and make your choices today.  

Hotels and Directions:

Please visit the location page for more info.


There will be designated parking for institute participants. Please do not park in the small circular parking lot in the very front of the school. We are expecting over 300 participants so it is very important that you follow the signs and instructions of the institute staff to ensure that parking flows efficiently.

On-site Registration:

Pre-Registration is required and the institute has reached its maximum capacity. Upon arrival, please proceed to the cafeteria for onsite registration and to receive your conference materials. Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas County School District staff will sign in with their districts. All other counties and non-county staff will sign in at the PEPSA registration table.

Dress and Seating:

The General Session on Day 1 will be in the school’s auditorium. If you have concerns with your back, you may want to consider bringing a small pillow for support. The sessions on Day 2 will be in classrooms and most classrooms have the standard student desks. We recommend that you dress and plan for comfort accordingly.

Snacks/ Lunch: 

The Wharton Key Club and Boy's Golf Team will be hosting a concession stand in the cafeteria with snack items (sodas, water, chips, cookies, crackers, etc.). The concession stand will be open before the Institute and during breaks. NOTE: No food is allowed in the auditorium. Lunch will be on your own. You are welcomed to bring your lunch and eat in the cafeteria to avoid traffic delays. However, there are also several food venues within a 5-10 minute driving distance.  See a list of area restaurants.

Evaluation and Certificate of Attendance:

You will receive an email after the conference inviting you to complete an online evaluation on the Summer Institute. We ask that everyone completes an evaluation in order to assist us with future planning. At the end of the evaluation, you will receive instructions on printing your Certificate of Attendance.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

We look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday. Safe travels!



7/20/11 Web Update: Snacks at Concession Stand

image of sodasThe Wharton Key Club and Boy's Golf Team will be hosting a concession stand with snack items (sodas, water, chips, cookies, crackers, etc). The concession stand will be open before the Institute and during breaks.

All proceeds will go to the Wharton Key Club and Boy's Golf Team.



7/13/2011 Email Update: Summer Institute Registration Info July 2011


Please join us in supporting the environment. All promotional items and materials will be provided electronically to registered participants prior to the training. Therefore, you will receive news, updates, handouts and other pertinent information related to the training by email. You may also visit us online at Thank you for your support!


13 Days and Counting!

Dear Summer Institute Registrant:

Thank you for your interest in attending the 10th Annual Autism Summer Institute at Wharton High School in Tampa, FL on July 26 – 27, 2011. We ask that you please read this email thoroughly for important information regarding your registration. If you have any problems accessing the handouts or links below, please do not hesitate to contact me.

***If you are employed by Hillsborough, Pasco or Pinellas County School Districts, your registration is not confirmed unless you have officially registered through their professional development system. Please communicate with your school district contact for confirmation.

About the PEPSA Autism Summer Institute:

The Autism Summer Institute is an annual workshop aimed at providing high quality professional development to a wide spectrum of professionals such as ESE and general education teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, SLPs, OTs, instructional assistants, administrators, and parents who impact the lives of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Each year, national experts and prominent regional professionals offer informative and stimulating presentations on a variety of topics of interest to individuals who desire additional information on research, innovation, and effective educational programs for students with ASD.


The Summer Institute is sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism (PEPSA), Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas County School Districts, and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at USF.

Training Date:

July 26-27, 2011
8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Registration begins at 7:30 am)

Training Location:

Wharton High School
20150 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647
Click here for directions.

Hotel Accommodations:

For a list of hotels in the area visit the location page.


The complete agenda is available online at on the agenda page. **A printed copy will be distributed at the training.

Handouts available ONLINE:

Electronic copies of these handouts are being provided to you via email and online as an effort to support the environment and decrease the amount of printed materials, as well as contain training expenses. If you prefer to have a printed copy of the handouts with you during sessions, please print your own and bring a copy with you to the training. A black and white version of each session’s handout has been provided for cost effective printing.  A CD containing all the handouts (that presenters provided us in advance) will be included in your registration packet.

You can access and print the handouts from the materials page. All files are Adobe PDF and can be read with Adobe, which is available as a free download, or may be bundled with your computer software. Download Adobe for free.

**NOT Available Online:
  • Handouts for Sensory Solutions in the Classroom (C. Cruse) - Materials for this session is being provided, via email, to registered participants only. Please contact Tanisha to receive your copy.
  • NO Handouts will be printed and distributed at the training. You are responsible for downloading handouts for the sessions you plan on attending.
  • Selection for breakout sessions are on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • Please consider the environment before printing. Some materials provided are intended to be a resource and are not necessary for the training.

Registration Cancellation:

Although there are no registration fees for regional trainings, there is limited seating, so we ask that you cancel your registration if you will be unable to attend to allow someone else to participate in your place.

Email Communication:

All communication will be done via email and also posted on the website, so if you are not receiving our update emails, please contact Tanisha Clarke-Dobney (813-974-3126) to provide an alternative e-mail or continue to check the website which will be updated periodically.

We look forward to another successful Autism Summer Institute! If you have any questions or need additional items prior to or following the training please feel free to contact me.

- Tanisha Clarke-Dobney

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