The New Brunswick Autism Service Model will be discussed at the CAUCE Conference 2008 hosted this year by the University of Western Ontario. CAUCE, the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education, will be holding its 2008 Conference May 27, 2008 - May 31, 2008 at the Hilton London Ontario. Anne Higgins and Sheila Burt will be there for concurrent session 5 on May 30. Discussion of the New Brunswick Autism Service Model will focus on the UNB-CEL Autism Intervention Training Program:
How to Keep the Pieces Together: A Multi-Partnered Community Based Training Program
Anne Higgins, Director, Professional Development, College of Extended Learning, University of New Brunswick
Sheila Burt, Manager, Professional Development Division Delivery Team, University of New Brunswick
In 1998, a University of New Brunswick (UNB) professor and the autism community in the province lobbied the provincial government to fund intervention treatment for pre-school children. Today, the families of autistic children receive multi-partnered, systematized intervention services. The College of Extended Learning (CEL) at UNB is a pivotal partner in this endeavour, providing bilingual training and practicums, as well as holding together the many critical pieces of the complex service delivery. This session will examine the critical pieces that need to be paid attention to in the development and delivery of a multi-partnered, community-based training program and how the CEL has put mechanisms in place to anticipate problems and how these mechanisms are used to respond to multiple unique agendas.
In the excerpt it also states that "the College of Extended Learning (CEL) at UNB is a pivotal partner in this endeavour". I agree completely with that statement. Anne Higgins and Sheila Burt, working with Paul, Barb D'Entremont and Amanda Morgan from UNB have put together the UNB-CEL Autism Intervention Training Program which now provides training to persons working with autistic preschoolers and in New Brunswick schools. The UNB-CEL AIT program is marked by its quality and integrity and ensures that autistic children in New Brunswick receive quality effective evidence based intervention and education.