ASPIRE Scheduled to Speak on PANS PANDAS at CEC National Convention

Presenting a Panel on General Curriculum Access for Students with PANS PANDAS at CEC National Convention

Session Date: Friday, March 12, 2021, at 4:00 PM

Session Abstract: This presentation provides an overview of how PANS/PANDAS impacts classroom functioning across physical, socio-emotional, academic, and behavioral domains. Presenters will describe strategies and initiatives to support students with these PANS/PANDAS at the classroom, school, and district levels.  

Session Learning Objectives:

  1. List and describe symptoms of PANDAS/PANS and related disorders
  2. Identify physical, academic, and behavioral challenges commonly encountered by children with neurological disorders in accessing the general curriculum
  3. Describe strategies to facilitate access to the curriculum at the classroom, school, district, and state levels.
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Panelist Biographies

CEC Convention PANS PANDAS ASPIREGabriella True is the President of ASPIRE, Alliance to Solve PANS & Immune-Related Encephalopathies. She has been a leader in the PANS and autism communities since 2008. She continues to be an instrumental part of the Connecticut PANS PANDAS Partnership (CTPPP), a Connecticut based support and awareness group. As part of New England PANS/PANDAS Association (NEPANS), Gabriella held many roles, including President, 2015-2018. While at NEPANS, her focus was on creating tools to spread awareness and understanding throughout the community, support parents, educate schools and school nurses, and host two conferences. She sat on the PANDAS/PANS Advisory Council to the Department of Health for Connecticut. In addition to her work in the PANS community, Gabriella is also The Autism Community in Action (TACA) Connecticut Chapter Coordinator and has volunteered for them for ten years. Gabriella is a parent to two children with PANS, one who also has autism. Gabriella has a Bachelor of Art in Art History and has worked as a merchandise planner at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Saks Fifth Avenue. She is excited to be a part of ASPIRE, focusing on collaborating with other PANS Community leaders. Read more about ASPIRE Board Members.

Dr. Patricia Rice Doran holds a B.A. in English and Education from the University of Notre Dame, a M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, and an Ed.D. in Bilingual Special Education from the George Washington University. She is currently an Associate Professof of Special Education at Towson University, where she has taught for seven years. Her current areas of specialization are cultural and language diversity, neurodevelopment, and teacher knowledge and skills. She has published and presented extensively on teacher knowledge and skills, particularly related to culturally and linguistically responsive classroom practices. She is currently Principal Investigator on a federal grant received from the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), English Learners Moving to Proficient Outcomes with Engagement and Rigor (EMPOWER).

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