Autism, Family, Culture, and Communication Education Lab

Lab Activities

May 28 - July 2, 2023: We had a wonderful time running the summer program with 9 UMD student staff, volunteering teachers from the CCACC Academy, and 20, 4 to 14 year old children and youth with autism or other developmental disabilities or delays at the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center (CCACC) Academy in partnership with the Special Education Equal Development Society (SEEDS) of MC-CAPA and the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center (CCACC). The photos below are from the award ceremony on the last day of the program. 

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May 16 & 25, 2023: The summer program staff completed their training on autism, compassionate approach to behavioral support strategies for young children's learning and practice of social skills using group-based activities, and behavioral data collection. First row from the left: Isabel, Jasmine, Youngsun, Dhara, and Shizhan. Second row from the left: Veronica, Elnaz, Emmanuel, Vrisha, and Jung-Eun. (Photos below)

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May 8, 2023: Dr. Kang presented on the experiences and perspectives of immigrant families of autistic individuals in the U.S. and family-led language and social communication instruction at the Stockholm University Department of Special Education Mini-Conference on Autism and Culture. (Photo below)

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May 3-6, 2023: Dr. Kang presented on the effects of virtual implementation of Read it again!-Pre-K curriculum for Korean immigrant autistic students and participated in the INSAR Cultural Diversity Committee meeting and presentation at the International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden. (Photos below)

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April 13-16, 2023: Dr. Kang presented a paper on the social validity and cultural relevance of dual language literacy instruction for Korean immigrant preschoolers at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo below)

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April 11, 2023: Dr. Kang, Ms. Kate Lu, from the CCACC Health Clinic, and Ms. Ariel La hosted a monthly support group meeting with the Montgomery County's SEEDS families on zoom to discuss childhood development and the upcoming summer program with the parents. (Flyer below)

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April 5, 2023: Elnaz and Jung-Eun successfully completed an oral presentation on the preliminary findings from a systematic review on the global perspectives of gender based violence in individuals with developmental disabilities at the UMD Graduate School's Graduate Research Appreciation Day and were one of the five oral presentation award winners. Congratulations! (Photos below)

UMD Graduate School's Graduate Research Appreciation Day 1
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March 21, 2023: Dr. Kang, Ms. Kate Lu, from the CCACC Health Clinic, and Ms. Ariel La held a meet and greet with the Montgomery County's SEEDS families on zoom. (Flyer below)

Meet and Greet

March 9, 2023: Elnaz, Jung-Eun (not pictured), and Emily successfully presented a poster on the preliminary findings from a systematic review on the global perspectives of gender based violence in individuals with developmental disabilities at the UMD College of Education Graduate Student Research Symposium. Congratulations! (Photo below)

UMD College of Education Graduate Student Research Symposium

March 1-4, 2023: Paper presentation on sibling training of Enhanced Milieu Teaching for children with autism at the Council for Exceptional Children, Louisville, Kentucky

January 3-5, 2023: Dr. Kang conducted an Autism Awareness and Knowledge Training for about 100 teachers, therapists, professors, and Special Olympic coaches in Karachi, Pakistan in collaboration with Dr. Nilofer Naqvi at Iona University. (Photo below)

Autism Awareness and Knowledge Training

September 30, 2022: Division for Early Childhood Consortium for Innovations in Doctoral Excellence Mentoring Initiative Event at the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children and the International Society on Early Intervention Conference in Chicago, Illinois (Photo below)

Division for Early Childhood Consortium for Innovations in Doctoral Excellence Mentoring Initiative Event

February 21, 2022: Global Disability Summit Side Event: Inclusive Education Case Studies and the Interagency Network for Education in Emergencies Minimum Standards https://youtu.be/8ds-fB1erIg