This Eighth Annual Autism Summer Institute is presented to you by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and the Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism (PEPSA) in collaboration with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at USF, and Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk County School Districts.

The Institute will focus on Instructional Strategies for academic, communication, inclusion, sensory integration, social supports, and literacy. Target audience: ESE and general education teachers, SLPs, OTs, school staff, administrators, and parents.


Summer Institute Flyer

Site and Travel Information

Hotel Accommodations

Location – Maps and Directions:
St. Petersburg College - Clearwater Campus
2465 Drew Street
Clearwater, Florida

*The best entrance into St. Petersburg College is South off of Drew Street. The entrance from Old Coachman Road is closed and under construction.


Daily Agenda


***REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY*** DEADLINE: July 27, 2009 - Space is Limited
Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk county staff must register through their district sites listed below

Training Materials


PLEASE NOTE: Handouts will not be printed and distributed at the training. YOU will be responsible for downloading handouts for the Sessions you plan on attending. Therefore, if you prefer to have a printed handout with you, you must print your own.


Training Evaluation/ Certificate of Attendance:
After the institute, all participants will receive a training evaluation via email. Please assist us by taking a few minutes to complete this evaluation. 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.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Physical Therapists:
CEUs are being offered for participation at the session “Bringing Sensory Integration into the Classroom to Promote Positive Behavior”
3.0 Continuing Education Hours for “Bringing SI Into Class” FPTA Accreditation Number: CE90614055
Accreditation of this course does not necessarily imply the FPTA supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.

Continuing education hours for the remaining sessions will be the responsibility of the Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant. Information describing this process will be available at the Continuing Education Sign-In Table.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Occupational Therapists:
3.5 Continuing Education Hours for “Bringing SI Into Class” Course #20-231561
3.5 Continuing Education Hours for “The Power of Peers” Course #20-239002
3.5 Continuing Education Hours for “Augmentative & Alternative Communication” Course #20-239003
3.5 Continuing Education Hours for “Engaging Children in Conversation” Course #20-239004
13.0 Continuing Education Hours for “Emergent and Conventional Literacy” Course #20-239005

The Pinellas County Schools, OT/PT Programs Office, will be handling the paperwork submitted to CE Broker for OT, OTA, PT, and PTA participants interested in receiving the approved number of CEUs.  All OT/PT conference participants seeking continuing education credits must report to the Continuing Education Table at the beginning of the conference to receive the packet necessary to assure that you receive credit for all sessions. Turn in the paperwork to the Continuing Education Sign-in Table at the close of the concurrent sessions on Monday, August 4th and at the close of the 2-day presentation, Wednesday, August 6th.

Inservice Components/Credits for Educators:
Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk County will have a representative on site in order to coordinate inservice components/credits for their district’s staff. All other district staff are responsible for sending the required documentation to their Staff Development Contact in order to apply for in-service components/ points. PRINT the attached form ‘Session Verification Sheet” and bring with you to the Summer Institute. To verify attendance, have a host sign this form at the conclusion of each presentation you attend. A certificate of attendance will also be provided via e-mail upon request. It is your responsibility to contact your Staff Development Contact prior to sending the documentation to them to ensure that you have completed all your school district’s requirements.

Session Verification Sheet
Follow-up Activities

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Speech Language Pathologists:
Pinellas County Schools will be sponsoring the CEUs for SLPs for this conference. SLPs may earn 6 hours per day. CEUs provided will be State of Florida CEUs (which are reciprocal with ASHA). Please pick up CEU information from the Continuing Education Sign-In Table daily. You will be required to write a brief summary of each session you attend. You must return your completed form at the end of each day to the Continuing Education Table. CEU Certificates of Completion will be mailed to you following the conference.

Contact Information

For more information contact:
Tanisha Dobney - 813.974.3126  -

The Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism is a program funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, K-12 Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.