Supporting Individuals with Autism and Their Families – Oklahoma Museum Educators Seminar May 17

Supporting Individuals with Autism and Their Families

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is 1 in 68 children (CDC, 2015), and as a result more museums and community-based programs are seeking strategies to successfully support individuals with ASD in their programs. To facilitate museums in this effort, the Oklahoma Museum Educators Professional Interest Network is offering the seminar, Supporting Individuals with Autism and Their Families. This seminar will take place May 17, 2018 from 10:00am-5:00pm at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Lunch is provided.

Seminar participants will gain a better understanding of ASD and related disorders, such as sensory processing disorder. Also, they will learn factors to consider and ways to support individuals across programs, from a family visit to the museum to inclusion of children with ASD in educational programs. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and brainstorm strategies for their programs.

This seminar is presented by the Oklahoma Autism Network at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. The presenter is Rene’ Daman, PT, MS, BCBA, LBA. Rene’ is the co-director of the Oklahoma Autism Network in the Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities and Autism. Rene’ has worked with families and their children with disabilities, including autism since 1993. She is the co-principal investigator for the ConnectedKids program, a parent training program for parents of young children with autism. Rene’ chairs the Oklahoma Family and Interagency Autism Council, is a member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Developmental Disabilities, and serves on the Developmental Disabilities Services Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. She provides services to children and their families, supports teachers in the public schools, and has collaborated with employment programs to assist high school students with autism to become employed after graduation. She provides training through OAN for families, professionals, and community-based programs. She recently collaborated with several museum programs to evaluate and identify ways to better support children with ASD and their families.

Registration for Supporting Individuals with Autism and Their Families is $45. Register online here by May 3.


10:00am – Optional Tour of OKCMOA (and time to look around)

11:30am – Welcome and Introductions

12:00pm – Lunch (provided)

  1:00pm – Introduce Workshop Speakers

  4:00pm – Questions and Answers followed by debriefing in small groups

  5:00pm – Optional Happy Hour in Museum Cafe (food/drinks on your own)

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located at 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City. Paid parking is available in nearby lots. Find driving and parking information here.

This program is sponsored in part by Oklahoma Arts CouncilKirkpatrick Family FundVisit EnidOklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage MuseumThe Springer Company, Stafford Air and Space Museum, Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Oklahoma Archivists Association, T.B. Ferguson Home, and Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts and Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Additionally, this program is offered by Oklahoma Museum Educators (OKME) professional interest network.


Note: This seminar was originally scheduled in February, but was cancelled due to weather and is rescheduled for May 17.