Calling All SMS Educators/Support Service Providers!

Applications due April 7, 2020

PRISMS is offering up to 12 grants to bring special education teachers, special education coordinators and/or support staff to attend PRISMS 2020 International Conference for training and support.

The application process will be open to special education teachers, BCBA, resource specialists, residential or day program support staff and job coaches who also work, or anticipate working, with a student with SMS. This grant program is offered in conjunction with the Teacher Training Workshop that will be presented on Thursday, July 30, 2020 by Barbara Haas-Givler, MEd, BCBA, member of PRISMS Professional Advisory Board, and Cora Taylor, PhD, Geisinger Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute. The grants will help support staff to attend the conference and receive training from the SMS experts in the field of education, behavioral supports, vocational training, job coaching and genetics.

Funding criteria:

  • Funding is available up to $1650, including a travel reimbursement up to $500, per approved applicant. PRISMS will not reimburse travel before the conference and you must be willing to book your own flights. PRISMS will not be responsible for booking your flight arrangements. If you drive to the conference, mileage will be reimbursed at 58 cents ($.58) per mile, per federal government guidelines.
  • Note – if you are a 12-month employee, PRISMS cannot provide reimbursement for your salary while you are at the conference).
  • Applicants must be able to attend the entire three-day conference.
  • You must work with or teach a person with SMS. This grant is not available to parents of a person with SMS.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a summary of the outcome of learning implementations for the SMS person within the academic year of 2020-2021. These summaries will be submitted to the PRISMS Spectrum Journal for publication.

Applications will be accepted from February 2020 until April 7, 2020. Grant recipients will be contacted by the end of May so they may make arrangements to attend the conference.

Conference timeline:

Thursday, July 30, 2020:

12:15pm-1:15pm Smith-Magenis Syndrome: Putting the Genetic Diagnosis in Context
1:30pm-2:45pm Teacher and Support Staff Training – Part 1
3:00pm-4:30pm Teacher and Support Staff Training Session – Part 2

Friday, July 31, 2020:

8:00am-5:00pm All day sessions; breakouts and general sessions

Saturday, August 1, 2020:

8:00am-5:00pm All day sessions; breakouts and general sessions

Conference program will include sessions on:

  • Research/Medication Updates
  • Sleep & SMS
  • Behavior Supports
  • Adolescent challenges
  • Adult Transition Supports
  • Sibling Workshops
  • Genetics 101
  • Overview of SMS for newly diagnosed families
  • Family Networking and support
  • Speech & Language interventions
  • Assistive Technology
  • SMS and School advocacy
  • Special needs trusts & financial planning

Applications will be due no later than April 7, 2020.

For more questions, please contact Casey Gorman, Executive Director:

Teacher/Support Staff Grant Application