Bahamas Real Estate | Autism – Promoting Inclusion, Advocacy and Early Detection

The United States Embassy will be hosting an Autism conference entitled “Autism – Promoting Inclusion, Advocacy and Early Detection,” September 11-13, 2013 in Nassau.  This initiative is in response to the Prime Minister’s desire to provide a forum to address the matter in The Bahamas. The conference is open to the public for those that wish to learn about autism! Please see details and the schedule below.

Professor Valerie L. Karr, a Special Education Specialist at Adelphi University, New York will conduct several workshops and training. She will collaborate with The Bahamas’ health, education and social services administrators. In addition, Dr. Karr will conduct a workshop via Skype with teachers, administrators and The College of The Bahamas Faculty members on Grand Bahama. Presentations will also include a discussion with parents and community organizations.  The topics that Dr. Karr will discuss during the conference include Advocacy, Disability Rights, Human Rights, New Technology for Teaching, Early Detection and Screening, and Awareness Campaigns. 

There is also a discussion on “Inclusion, Advocacy and Human Rights” with Parents and Community Organizations on September 13, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Harry C. Moore Library Auditorium at The College of The Bahamas Oakes Field Campus. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S Embassy personally requested Mario Carey’s attendance at this event.    

Mario Carey, President of REACH (Resources & Education for Autism and Related Challenges), is also in part of the schedule from 4:30pm to 6:00pm Thursday, September 12th. He will be on the Radio show “Jeffrey” on Star 106.5FM and Guardian 96.9 FM hosted by Jeffrey Lloyd with Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman and Dr. Karr. Mario Carey will be discussing REACH’s objectives, the challenges faced by Bahamian families affected by autism, and promoting autism awareness.


Schedule for: “Autism – Promoting Inclusion, Advocacy and Early Detection” Conference

Nassau, Bahamas

September 11, 2013

-10:00am-11:00am Opening Session with keynote by Prime Minister Perry Christie

     –>Location: The College of The Bahamas, Harry C. Moore Library and Information Center’s Auditorium

-11:30am – 1:00pm Inclusion and Advocacy presentation and round table discussion

     –>Session tailored for Government officials from Ministries of Health, Education & Social Services

     –>Location: The College of The Bahamas, Harry C. Moore Library and Information Center’s Conference Room

-2:45pm-5:00pm Early Detection, Awareness and Screening Meeting

     –>Session tailored for Public Health Authority, Public Hospital Authority and medical professionals

     –>Location: The College of The Bahamas, Harry C. Moore Library and Information Center’s Auditorium


September 12, 2013

-9:00am – 10:00am Working with Children with Autism Skype Workshop with Grand Bahama

     –>Session tailored for teachers, administrators and COB faculty members in Grand Bahama

     –>Location: The College of The Bahamas at Freeport, Grand Bahama

     –> Special note: Teachers in Nassau can attend this session. Dr. Karr will be using the Video Classroom in Harry C. Moore’s        Library

 -10:30am-4:00pm Teachers, education specialists and administrators training

     –>Session tailored for all persons working directly with special education teaching and administration

     –>Open to all public and private schools, home school facilitators and parents

     –>Location: COB Harry C. Moore’s Library Auditorium

-4:30pm-6:30pm Radio show with Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman, Dr. Karr, and Mario Carey, President of the REACH


September 13, 2013

-9:00-1:00 Inclusion, Advocacy and Human Rights Session with Dr. Karr

     –>Session tailored for PTAs, parents and community organizations; law students are welcomed

     –>Location COB Harry C. Moore’s Library Auditorium

 -2:00-4:00 Discussion on Curriculum Design, Teaching Strategies and best practices

     –>Session tailored for Special Education faculty and undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and professionals

     –>Location COB Harry C. Moore’s Library Auditorium


Background on Valerie Karr, Ph.D.

By Jeffrey Weisbord

A Special Education Specialist

Special education in New York City is in the midst of dramatic growth and change. About 15 percent of the city’s 1.1 million public school students qualify for special education services—a huge population. Today, with new regulations, more of these students are being mainstreamed into general education classrooms rather than being segregated in special education settings. “Disability is…seen as less stigmatizing than it was in the past and [services] can be provided in much more inclusive settings,” said Adelphi University Assistant Professor Valerie Karr, who has worked in numerous special education settings and now teaches fellow educators at Adelphi’s Manhattan Center. 

“The field of special education has become highly adaptive to the needs of students and can provide services on a continuum of placement options that range from full inclusion to separate special education settings,” Dr. Karr said. She cited examples ranging from dedicated schools for students with disabilities to contained special education classrooms to general education classrooms that include students with special education needs. Dr. Karr noted that students at Adelphi’s Manhattan Center experience working in these different settings through diverse field work placements.

A staunch advocate for protecting the rights of people with disabilities, Dr. Karr said: “I teach my [Adelphi] students to value each student as if they were their own, and to be open to collaborative teamwork, to empathize with families and to keep an open-minded, can-do attitude.”

Dr. Karr’s own special education research has taken her to multiple countries, and she was recently awarded a grant for her research project, “It’s About Ability: Youth Empowerment Study in Cambodia and Indonesia, the Australian Government’s Overseas Aid Program.”

Dr. Karr appreciates that her Adelphi students face competing demands and pressures and sees Adelphi’s flexible schedules as a valuable asset, especially for the career changers in the program. “In this economy, being able to work and continue your education is key,” Dr. Karr said. “We want to encourage students to follow their passion for teaching, and our program fully supports them.” Valerie Karr, Ph.D. is an expert in the field of child education and public awareness strategies and campaigning, with a strong clinical background in special education and a track record of effective advocacy both nationally and internationally in the area of disability rights. Dr. Karr currently works as an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University and serves as the Director for Research Programs for the Victor Pineda Foundation, currently the only youth-focused international disability rights organization. She is highly experienced in providing strategic counseling on international education programming, including qualitative and quantitative analysis and the development of specialized assessment tools and strategies. Past projects include authoring UNICEF’s human rights education manual for youth with disabilities based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, evaluation of the National Youth Inclusion Summit for disability rights and equality, and coordination of Teachers College National Autism Conference.

Dr. Karr is co-author of Human Rights. YES!, Action and advocacy on the rights of persons with disabilities and has worked as the education and children’s rights expert developing and implementing participatory human rights education curricula for person with disabilities. She also serves as a key educational advisor to the Shafallah Center, a premier educational and research facility for children with disabilities in Qatar and to Autism Speaks, the largest autism advocacy organization in the United States. Dr. Karr’s research interests incorporate instrument design for assessment of the human rights of persons with disabilities under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its relation to the improvement of quality of life at an international level.

For more information, please contact Mario Carey Realty at 242-677-8255, or Thank you. 



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