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Brown Bag Lectures

The Brown Bag Lecture series brings speakers on topics of interest to members of the UCEDD community: Students, professionals working with families and people with disabilities, families and friends of people with disabilities. Browse topics, ppts and videos below:

2014 Brown Bag Series

Upcoming Presentations

“Developing Apps for People with Low Incidence Disabilities”
Presented by Dawn Rowe


January: “Picture Exchange Communication Systems for Brain Injury/Autism/Strokes”
Presented by Debi Eisert, Florien Deurloo

Special presentation sponsored by UCEDD and OHSU: – June 19, UO campus

CDRC 100 Year Anniversary Evening Reception featuring Eric Fombonne and Sally Ozonoff

Interview with Dr. Eric Fombonne
Interview: Dr. Sally Ozonoff

The Current State of Evidence for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Wendy Machalicek, PhD, May 15, 2014

Watch the Video of this Presentation

Wendy co-directs Pearl Duck Autism Center, a collaboration between the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability’s (UCEDD) Early Autism Research and Learning for the Young Child (EARLY) program and Pearl Duck Center. Her scholarship is focused on developing effective behavior analytic assessment practices and interventions addressing the behavioral and educational needs of young children (18 months – 8 years of age) with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. She is particularly interested in the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior and in evaluating ways to improve the acquisition, generalization, and sustained use of evidence-based practices by caregivers, teachers, and schools.

Prevention of Abuse and Neglect-90×30 Initiative – Jeff Todahl, PhD, March 7, 2014

90×30 Presentation Flyer

90by30 is an Initiative of the COE’s Center for the Prevention of Abuse and
Neglect. 90by30 is a Lane County initiative working toward dramatic reduction
in child abuse and neglect (a 90% reduction by 12/31/30).

Schoolwide Positive and Restorative Discipline – February 17th, 2014

PowerPoint Presentation

John Inglish, JD, MPA
Research Associate and director for Technical Assistance & Consulting Services (TACS), an outreach unit in the UO College of Education.John’s scholarly interests focus on school discipline reform using positive and restorative practices, alternative dispute resolution practices under the IDEA, juvenile justice, and school-based mental health

Claudia Vincent, Ph.D.
Senior Research Assistant at the University of Oregon and a Senior Research Associate at IRIS Educational Media. Her work focuses on positive and restorative discipline in schools, with specific attention to equitable outcomes for students from various racial/ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds.

2013 Brown Bag Series

Disability Studies FORUM 2013 – October 22th, 2013

Roundtable and Lunch featuring distinguished guest scholars in disability studies, presentations and conversations with University of Oregon faculty and graduate students.

Dr. Janette Klingner – Distinguishing Between Language Acquisition and Learning Disabilities – May 6th, 2013

PowerPoint Presentation

Dr. Klingner is an expert in bilingual special education, and has done extensive research and teaching related to language diversity and learning disability. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Miami and has been a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, since 2001. She is the associate editor of the Journal of Learning Disabilities and president of the Center for Exceptional Children’s Division for Learning Disabilities.

Dr. Klingner is the principal investigator on a million dollar grant to study the effectiveness of the Response to Intervention (RTI) model for English Language Learners. Her other current line of research focuses on reading comprehension strategy instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse children.

Disability: Inclusion in Public Health Definitions of Disparity – April 5, 2013

Dr. Elena Andresen is an epidemiologist and Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU, and Director of the CDC-funded Oregon Office on Disability and Health. Her research focuses on disability, aging, and health services outcomes, methods, and measures. She is located at the OHSU Institute on Development and Disability, and is an Investigator of the OHSU UCEDD. Her national service includes membership of the 2006 Institute of Medicine Committee for “The Future of Disability in America”. Elena’s group welcomes public health interns and she also teaches a public health elective (PHPM 570) on disability and public health. Welcome! Refreshments will be provided.

Powerpoint presentation

Service Dogs at School: A Way of Life for Students, Employees and Administrators

A free lecture and discussion on Service Dogs in educational settings

UCEDD invites you to join us for a free lecture and panel discussion on living, learning and working with service dogs in the educational setting.

Heidi von Ravensberg, Hilary Gerdes, Melissa Mitchell and Leslie Weilbacher, who have many years of experience educating the community about service dogs, will present an overview of the law and their personal experiences and perspectives on the human-dog partnership in educational settings. They will address frequently asked questions like:

  • What is a service dog? Can I bring my dog to school/campus?
  • Does a service dog have to be trained and certified?
  • What kinds of accommodations must an educational institution provide the team?
  • Who is responsible for the care of the dog?
  • What kinds of things can service dogs do? Can I pet your dog?

This presentation is geared toward educators, social workers, administrators, human resource providers and future professionals in any of these fields.

Powerpoint Presentation

Federal and Local Laws/Statutes
Federal Law
Oregon Department Of Education
Oregon Statutes
University Of Oregon

UO Service Animal Guidelines

In The News Around The Nation

Video of Lecture

2012 Brown Bag Series

When Parents Use Methamphetamines: Strategies for Working with Children

Power Point Presentation

Video Presentation


  • Participants will learn how prenatal methamphetamine exposure can impact children.
  • Participants will learn how methamphetamine use by adult caretakers can impact a child’s development.
  • Participants will learn strategies for addressing behavior challenges common to children impacted by methamphetamine’s.

Assistive Technology & Augmentative Communication

Power Point Presentation

Video Presentation

A free lecture and discussion on AT & AAC for people with disabilities

Catherine McGovern-Zlotek and Barbara Harden will present “Assistive Technology and Adaptive Technology for people with disabilities of all ages and abilities”. Barbara has a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language from the U of O, 30 years experience in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, and 24 years focusing on the area of assistive technology. Her career has taken her through schools, hospitals, universities and clinical settings. Currently at the CDRC-Eugene campus, her service-delivery and leadership experience has spanned across the spectrum of disability impacts from mild to profound from infants to the elderly for both speech-language intervention and intervention for assistive technology.

With 30 years experience as an occupational therapist, 23 of those years at CDRC, Catherine began a fascination with assistive technology in school, when Apple was just getting started. “I have always felt that AT can provide tools that allow those with disabilities to participate more effectively and independently in the world. I’ve made it my imperative to Understand new technologies and to figure out how they can be accessed by a wide range of individuals with physical and mental challenges”.

For More Information
Debra Eisert, Ph.D.
(541) 346-2579

How Poverty and Homelessness Impacts Children

Gienia Baines and Rhea Cramer, a mother and daughter team coming from a background of generational poverty specialize in educating the community about the realities of poverty and how to better serve this population through lectures, discussions and hands on learning. This presentation is geared toward educators, social workers, administrators, other human service providers and future professionals in any of these fields. Rhea Cramer is M.S. Family Builder at Options Counseling Services, Adjunct Instructor in the Family and Human Services Program UO, Certified Poverty 101 trainer and community consultant for Generational Poverty. Gienia Baines has a B.ed. and is Site Manager and Business Incubator Director at St.Vincent de Paul, Certified Poverty 101 trainer and community consultant for Generational Poverty.

For More Information
Debra Eisert, Ph.D.
(541) 346-2579

Preventing The Toxic Phenomena of Bullying & Cyber Bullying in School: Behavioral & Legal Perspectives


Join Dr. Hill Walker and Heidi von Ravensburg for an in depth look on What We Know about Bullying and how this age-old problem is following children online. Dr. Walker will begin with What We Seem to Know About Bullying sharing with the audience the definition of bullying, the circle of bullying, characteristics of bullies and victims, and the different forms bullying can take. Then Professor Heidi von Ravensburg will present Cyber Bullying: The Legal Perspective. Cyber bullying is an emerging phenomenon which is presenting schools with unique challenges in maintaining a safe and respectful school environment. Heidi von Ravensberg will discuss her research on the law’s guidance on both defining the problem and determining when schools should respond. As the law alone is unlikely to effectively resolve cyber bullying, a systematic school-wide positive behavioral approach is also discussed.

For more information contact:

Debra Eisert, Ph.D.
(541) 346-2579

2011 Brown Bag Series

How my UO Graduate Degree Shaped my Life & Work in Thailand



Thursday, June 23, 2011
1:30 pm– 2:30pm
145 CSB

Join Dr. Prasong Saihong and his colleagues from Thailand to hear how his studies and working in Early Intervention, Early Identification of children with Autism and other developmental disabilities have shaped one international student’s life and work after returning home. Learn how Dr. Saihong shares his knowledge and skills to benefit children in Thailand and work with others in Thailand supporting and teaching young children.

Young Children with Developmental Disabilities: Impact on Family and Systems of Care

Laura McIntyreFriday, May 6, 2011
145 CSB

Discussion of several empirical studies that address child risk factors impacting home and school outcomes in early childhood, as well as family-based interventions to support healthy adaptation for children with developmental disabilities and their parents. The lecture will include some preliminary findings describing families’ access to care during the early diagnostic process for their children identified with autism spectrum disorder. Current studies and future research and clinical directions will be discussed.

About the Presenter -
Laura McIntyre Laura Lee McIntyre, Ph.D., is interested in early identification and treatment of childhood developmental and behavioral problems, with an emphasis on the multiple systems of care that support children (e.g., families, schools, healthcare). Within this broad framework, three specific lines of research emerge: (1) Parent training, education, and support; (2) transition to kindergarten; and (3) child risk factors and family well-being. She is especially interested in early intervention and prevention work with families who have young children with developmental problems who are at risk for negative social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes at home and at school. She is an associate professor and director of the School Psychology Program at the University of Oregon and a licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, and board certified behavior analyst.

Download flier.
Watch Video of Lecture.

Parent Involvement-Tips, Tools and Strategies for Parents and Professionals

This session will help staff and parents understand the barriers to parent involvement as well as provide strategies that can be utilized to facilitate increased participation. Parents will gain tools in identifying their strengths and how they can contribute to positive outcomes for all children.

Tammi Paul is the Capitol and Mid-Willamette Regional Trainer RISE. The RISE Center is a statewide organization that encourages, educates, and empowers children and young adults with disabilities, their parents, family members, and professionals to collaboratively achieve unlimited success.

Download Parent Involvement PowerPoint.
Download Flier.

Outline of an Interdisciplinary Research Program on the Racialization of Ability Differences

Dr. Alfredo ArtilesJoin visiting lecturer, Dr. Alfredo Artiles and learn about the disproportionate representation of racial minority students in special education affects a sizable proportion of students in the U.S., and disability identification has dire long-term consequences for the educational trajectories of marginalized learners, such as persistent low academic achievement, and a greater chance for grade retention, school dropout, placement in the juvenile justice system, and poor post-school outcomes.

Read Dr. Artiles Bio.
Download Flier.
Watch Video of Lecture.

Education and the Americans with Disabilities Act: What Teachers, Speech Pathologists and Professors Should Know.

Providing persons with disabilities access to programs, services and activities is the law. Learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act — the nation’s most comprehensive disability civil rights law — protecting nearly 1 in 6 Americans from disability based discrimination, including in public schools, universities and clinical settings. Find out what sorts of accommodations must be made and when.

Presenter: Heidi von Ravensberg, PhD, JD
Dr. Heidi von Ravensberg is an Adjunct Instructor at the UO School of Law and Co-coordinates the UO Disability Studies Initiative (DSI), a project of the UO UCEDD. She teaches the disability rights law course, developed in cooperation with the COE and School of Law, and is open to both COE doctoral students and law students. Read Handouts

What is Developmental Toxicology?

Lead, mercury, PBCs, and pesticides are just a few of the environmental toxins that concern developmental toxicologists. What are the theoretical risks of prenatal exposure? Get the current data on developmental toxicity, and weigh practical considerations for clinicians/educators. Learn about the this emerging field and how you can protect kids from these common toxins:

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • PCBs, Dibenzofurans, Dibenzodioxins
  • Pesticides
  • Endocrine disruptors

Presenter: Randy Phelps, M.D., Ph.D.
Randy Phelps, M.D., Ph.D. is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). Dr. Phelps is a guest lecturer in an educational series sponsored by the University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the UO College of Education.

  • Presentation Slides PDF (Download to follow presentation.)
  • Audio File: 1.5 hours. (To download MP3 file: Right click on the link and “Save As” to your computer for PC, or Control and click for Mac. To listen now, click the link to use the player.)