MACSS Webinars

Next Webinar:

Supporting Development of Infants Born Preterm: Do Our Policies Match the Needs?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2:00 to 3:00 PM EST 

Webinar Objectives:
This webinar is one of a series of webinars developed by LEND and UCEDD programs within the Southeast Regional Consortium. The objectives of this webinar are:

• List 3 factors which are associated with developmental delay in infants born preterm
• Discuss the challenges of early detection of disabilities
• List 2 strengths and 2 challenges of current early intervention policy which impacts infants born preterm
• Describe possible interventions based on early efficacy which may enhance early intervention
• Compare and contrast policy and science as it impacts development of infants born preterm

Webinar Description:

This webinar will start with a review of developmental outcomes for infants born preterm. The importance of early detection and intervention will be discussed and compared with Early Intervention policies. Participants will be challenged to consider if our current policies meet the needs of infants born preterm in light of recent advances in research. 


Healthcare Transition for Youth with I/DD: A Review of Research, Policy and Next Steps

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

In December 2013, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) released a policy brief on addressing the health care needs of youth with autism and other developmental disabilities as they transition to adulthood.

Join us for this upcoming webinar to learn more as Samantha Crane, ASAN’s Director of Public Policy, discusses concepts from the brief. She will also provide recommendations to ensure that young adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) receive consistent access to quality health care, as well as support in taking on adult levels of autonomy with respect to their own health care needs.

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Best Practices in Inclusive Education: How to Know It When You See It

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

3:30 - 4:40 p.m. (EST)

Inclusive Education Webinar Series: Moving from Vision to Action

Registration Fee: $59 each


This live webinar series is designed to support parents and educators who want a road map to guide the membership, participation, and learning of students with more significant disabilities in general education classrooms and other inclusive settings. During each webinar, examples will be given for elementary, middle, and high school, with the last session focusing on supporting students to go on to post-secondary education. Although all the sessions in the series build on the ones before it, the information in each can "stand alone." We encourage teams to participate in the series together as each session has information targeted to both parents and educators, as well as related service providers. 

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Archived Webinars:

Note: You'll be taken to a registration page then to the archive.

January 30, 2012 Title: The Importance of Acting Early!

Georgina Peacock and Jennifer Bogin

This webinar provided information on
Early Intervention from a Federal Perspective.

March 26, 2012 Title: Health Insurance Coverage for Children in Mississippi with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Challenges and Opportunities

Meg Comeau, Director of the Catalyst Center at the Boston University School of Public Health will be the speaker for this webinar.  The Catalyst Center is the MCHB-funded national center dedicated to providing technical assistance and applied research support to states and stakeholder groups on health care financing policy for children with special health care needs. 

This webinar provided information on

  • the various private and public coverage options available to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD)
  • the challenges and opportunities in health care reform around closing the gaps in coverage for children with ASD/DD, particularly with regard to the essential health benefits, and
  • the technical assistance resources on health care coverage and financing policy available through the Catalyst Center.

April 18, 2012 Title: Health Insurance Coverage for Children in Mississippi.

Latanya Harrison is a Customer Service Specialist with the Division of Medicaid in the Bureau of Beneficiary Relations.
Jacqueline Andrews is the Bureau Director II within the Bureau of Coordinated Care at the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, also known as MississippiCAN.
Jennifer Grant is the Division Director for Special Mental Health Initiatives, Bureau of Mental Health Programs at the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.
Laureta Cameron is the Operations Management Analyst, Principal for the Bureau of Mental Health Programs at the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.

About the Webinar
This webinar provided information on the various services available to children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD) provided by:

  • Mississippi Division of Medicaid
  • MississippiCAN
  • Mississippi Division of Medicaid Bureau of Mental Health Programs

June 27, 2012 Transitions in Health Care: from Pediatrics to Adult Care Services

Elizabeth Felder, MD - Pediatrician associated with USM’s Pediatric Developmental Evaluation and Services team.
Jay Dumas, MD - Family Practice physician located at the Oak Grove Family Clinic in Hattiesburg.
Pam Dollar - Director of the Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center

About the Webinar
This webinar presented the issues involved in transitioning a patient with special health care needs to adult health care. Dr. Felder discussed the Pediatrician’s role in this transition and Dr. Dumas presented the transition issues from the adult medicine perspective. Mrs. Dollar interviewed  families dealing with Autism who are going through this process and will share their experiences.