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Hold the Dates: Art Cernosia – Patty Prelock

Two of VT-HEC’s Favorites Scheduled for Next Year

Patricia A. Prelock –  October 12, 2017 – Montpelier, VT – (Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL – UVM Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Professor of Pediatrics, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences) Patty is a longtime friend and colleague of the VT-HEC and we are delighted that she has agreed to be with us again to speak on recent developments in ASD.  Patty is a distinguished national scholar, researcher and presenter who has over 155 publications and 500 peer-reviewed and invited presentations in the areas of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, collaboration, language assessment and intervention, and language learning disabilities. Patty is always an enlightening presenter who comes armed with a multitude of resources, references and models and a passion for her fields of study.

Art Cernosia Esq. – November 2, 2017 – Montpelier, VT – Special Education Law Update – Art is well-known in Vermont and nationally as one of the foremost experts in special education law.  Art has served as Assistant Attorney General in Vermont working at the DOE and has taught graduate courses in education and special education law. He provides training, consultation, and other technical assistance services to parent/advocacy organizations and to state and local education agencies throughout the nation pertaining to special education legal issues. Art is an engaging and immensely knowledgeable speaker who can communicate the intricacies of the law in a way that is understandable and applicable whether you are a special educator, sped administrator, principal, superintendent, related service provider, attorney or advocate.

Dennis has been the Director of the the VT-HEC since it was founded in 2000. He spent 16 years at the VT-DOE as Director of teams with various names that included: special education, Title I, health and wellness and other family and education support services. Prior to that Dennis worked at the Barre Town School (VT) starting as a special educator and serving many years as the Director of Student Support Services. He also spent 6 years as a classroom teacher grades 5-8 in NJ.

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