Happenings in PCPS

Welcome from the Dean

Dr. Debra Pellegrino, Dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies

We are ready for next year’s conference which will be the 20th Annual U.S. Conference on disABILITY and our focus will be on autism as it is Year III of the grant. Dr. Temple Grandin, who sees her autism more as gift rather than liability, says: “The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things.” She and so many others show that those living with Autism are gifts for our human community. Thank you for stretching your brains by being a part of our PCPS family. Together, We Are Better.  Best, Dr. Debra Pellegrino, Academic Dean.

Helping Different Kinds of Minds Be Successful

Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Mary Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson. She is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to document the insights she gained from her personal experience. Dr. Grandin is also a prolific author with over twenty books and numerous academic articles. She will share her personal experiences as she discusses the different ways people think, ‘sensory over sensitivity,’ as well as strategies for teaching social skills and gaining employment. 

Pathways to Innovation: Through the Voice of a Father

José Velasco

Not often are private sector enterprises presented with opportunities to transform businesses, communities and ultimately lives in their day-to-day missions. Join us and hear, through the voice of a father of autistic adult children, the inspiring journey of how enterprise software leader SAP transformed itself and touched thousands of lives through its industry-changing Autism at Work program.

Early Intervention

Dr. Michael Kelley

“Early Intervention” generally refers to the application of Applied Behavior Analytic procedures to the symptoms of Autism in very young children. In this application, the efficacy for ameliorating the symptoms of Autism, such as language deficits, social/communicative deficits, and behavioral excesses is unequivocal.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention

Dr. Dana Gadaire

Bullying is rarely as straight-forward as one child stealing another's lunch money. 

In this presentation, Dr. Dana Gadaire will present on the complexities of identifying when and how children are being bullied. She will provide strategies for intervening in support of children with disabilities who are bullied as well as children who may not understand how their behavior may be perceived as bullying by others.

Resources for Faculty

Engaging Students in Online Learning

Beth Elias, PhD, FHIMSS, Provost Award winner of the Part-Time Faculty Teaching Award. Dr. Elias is not only an excellent teacher, but she is very involved in the ongoing development of the health informatics program, regularly joining our health informatics faculty meetings virtually.

19th Annual U.S. Conference on disABILITY playlist

Click here to view sessions from the 19th Annual U.S Conference on disABILITY, held on October 6, 2020.