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Understanding Sensory and Movement Differences (Part 1)

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Image of people in a classroom doing an exercise using their head and hands.

Registration Fee: $75 (Reduced fee for Dane County DD Support Providers: $30)

Instructor: Nanette Negri and Mary Ursem

Home is not where you live, but where they understand you (Morgenstern, 1991).  This workshop is the first of 2 that are designed to bring a greater understanding of what it might be like to experience various kinds of sensory and movement differences (including, but not limited to autism).  You will see what can be celebrated about these differences, and how the struggles that sometimes come with them can be accommodated and supported.

Instructors will lead participants through simulation activities of what it might be like to live with autism or other sensory and movement differences.  Through these experiences participants will learn ways to personalized build bridges that will allow meaningful participation and support of individuals who live with sometimes complex challenges of neurology.

The workshop will address issues of how to help people help each other respectfully, problems of power in relationship, developing compassion for one another, and celebrating differences of all kinds.  Participants will have an opportunity to see how a deeper understanding of the experiences of one another (especially those with complex sensory and movement differences), can help in developing positive ways of being with one another with supports that work for us all.  Participants will have time to share problems/concerns they face and begin to create meaningful strategies to take back and try.  Bring an open and curious mind, wear comfortable clothes, and be prepared to play while you learn!

About the instructors:

Nan Negri operates the Rhythms Program at Community Outreach Wisconsin, a cooperative effort between the Waisman Center and Dane County Human Services to further enhance the lives of individuals who experience complex sensory and movement differences and those who support them.

Mary Ursem has worked in fields supporting individuals for 20 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders, Masters in Special Education, and an Autism Specialist certification. Mary has been a direct care supporter in recreational, educational, residential, and vocational training programs and currently works as a behavior consultant for University of Wisconsin Waisman Center, Community TIES program. Throughout her career Mary has continuously been involved in providing high quality, meaningful opportunities of equal access for individuals of all ages.


Friday, October 13, 2017
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Rachel Weingarten


Community Outreach Wisconsin
122 E. Olin Ave., Ste. 255
Madison, WI 53713
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