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August 7th, 2012 Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Future bilingual educators attend summer academy

UNT and the Fort Worth Independent School District jointly hosted a summer camp introducing bilingual high school students to the field of teaching and encouraging them to consider a career in bilingual education. 21 Fort Worth high school students who are proficient in English and Spanish, are in good academic standing and have shown an interest in teaching were chosen to attend the Future Bilingual Teachers Academy, held at UNT and in the Fort Worth ISD June 4-8, 2012.

Autism Recognition & Response Training Workshop to be held on campus August 16

International expert Dennis Debbaudt will provide a four-hour training session on autism pre-escalation techniques, broad based development, communication and socialization skills, victimization and harassment, dilemmas, safety risks, recognition, response and law enforcement safety strategies. The workshop will also feature a Community Autism Professionals Panel Q&A session that will include the UNT Autism Center’s Executive Director Kevin Callahan and Associate Executive Director Heather Hughes.

The Autism Recognition and Response Training Workshop is Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Wooten Hall room 122.

The workshop will be hosted by the UNT Autism Center in collaboration with 4u Academy, the UNT Police Department, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, and the Texas Autism Research and Resource Consortium.

The event is free and open to the public, and it may be of special interest to law enforcement, EMS, nurses, doctors, dentists, social services providers, parents, childcare workers and educators.

Registration required. For additional information or to register, contact Brent Carmichael at

College of Public Affairs & Community Service

PACS Fall Forum

PACS invites the community to their “Fall Forum” on September 27 in the Union from 11-12 with a picnic following. Speakers from New Friends, New Life will be discussing sex trafficking.

Martha Garber appointed to Rehabilitation Council of Texas

Martha Garber, director of applied research and development and leader of the University of North Texas Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE) and JOB FIT programs, has been appointed to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas by Governor Rick Perry.

The Rehabilitation Council of Texas advocates for people with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process. The Council is federally mandated, and members are appointed by the Texas governor and serve three-year terms. The Council reviews, analyzes and advises the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and Division for Blind Services (DBS) on policy, scope and effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services and eligibility requirements. The Council also works in partnership with the divisions to develop, agree to and review state goals and priorities.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with DRS, DBS and other Council members to increase opportunities for Texans with disabilities,” Garber said.

UNTWISE and JOB FIT are housed within the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addiction in UNT’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service.  The department’s rehabilitation counseling program is ranked 13th in the U.S. and 1st in Texas by U.S. News & World Report.

“Martha is an extraordinary individual and UNT is lucky to have her,” said Linda Holloway, chair of the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addiction. “She is passionate in her mission to ensure that people with disabilities have access to good jobs and are fully included in their communities. She is an excellent choice to serve on the Rehabilitation Council of Texas. I can think of no better advocate for people with disabilities than Martha.”

Alumni News

MPA student, Emily Hudson, was selected for the Academy of Crisis Management, Emergency Planning, and Civil Protection (AKNZ) in Germany. Emily is one of 93 participants from 26 countries and 46 universities.

Emily completed a BS degree in Emergency Administration and Planning from UNT and is nearing completion of the MPA degree.

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