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ACU’s Annual Meeting 2012

“Autism and Technology” – April 12, 2012

All of the meeting videos
Photos are now available!

Before the meeting started, the ACU Light it up Blue montage played. Then Carma Mordecai of the ACU Leadership Team welcomed the over 110 guests, both professionals and families. Cheryl Smith, the ACU President, reviewed the packet documents, including this year’s committee reports and research report, a list of apps featured during the meeting, as well as the poem/lyrics to song premiered at the meeting, From My Heart to Yours.

The song, From My Heart To Yours, had it’s premier performance, featuring lyrics by Emma Lou Thayne and music by Crawford Gates.

Governor Herbert’s address to the ACU was shown, followed by the ACU 2012 Year in Review.

Next were the awards, certificates and grants! Lori Hayward received the teacher of the year award with a $500 stipend, which she received with our very own rock star, Michael, by her side! You HAVE to see that video! Mirella Petersen was recognized for her outstanding work with the Utah Autism Coalition. And $1000 grants were awarded to Utah State University and AutismGives.

The theme of the meeting, Autism and Technology, was introduced with this video.

The UAAACT Presentation from Scott Baggaley and Craig Boogaard, Utah Augmentative Alternative Assistive Communication and Technology, highlighted consultations and equipment loans info, as well as app demonstrations.

Cheryl Wright from iSTAR gave a presentation on its ongoing collaborative project between the University of Utah and Google, to help children with autism learn technology skills (as well as communication and social skills!) that can easily translate into future employment opportunities.

Lisa Cohne from UEN discussed their feature film, What to Do at 22?, as well as their Autism Specials on UEN, and also their preschool website.

The Utah Parent Center and Autism Council of Utah completed a video project, Families Living with Autism, that can be viewed here. The introduction to its 10 modules was shown, explaining how it is possible to build a community of support, and creatively solve challenges.

Laura Anderson, President-Elect of the ACU, showed these two autism spots – one 15 seconds and the other 30 seconds – created by the ACU that will be shown in local theaters and functions.

James Vaughn from FAAST gave a presentation on the EmSeeq system – which is invaluable to those who have wanderers!

The meeting concluded with three fun, inspirational video clips! You Can Do It!, Two Minutes of Inspiration from 40 movies, and Temple Grandin’s shout out to Utah!