To support family participation in the conference, a Children's Institute will be available. This institute is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education. Services are provided by the Central Intermediate Unit #10, using trained professional and support staff. The institute offers an on-site, structured, and fun environment for children and youth (six months through age 21) with autism, and their siblings, who are Pennsylvania residents.
Registration is limited to 100 participants for whom we receive completed registration packets. Since the number of applicants always exceeds our capacity, registration preference will be based objectively on a number of factors (e.g., first-time registrants, timely submission of completed registration forms). Only children who have received a confirmation will be able to participate. Drop-off care is not available.
The Children's Institute registration period begins Monday, May 1. Information and instructions for registration follow.
Important Information: Keep in mind that a parent or guardian must be in The Penn Stater building and must be accessible (by cell phone, e.g.) during all Children's Institute hours. Also, families that have previously been accepted for enrollment but did not call to cancel when their plans changed are not eligible to participate. Note: If you change your child's attendance plans in any way, please notify Cherie Neely by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, June 29, so that others can have the opportunity. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Cherie Neely by email at email@example.com or Dawn Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please register here online for the Children's Institute (due Wednesday, May 31). Complete the online registration packet in full for each child participating. Once you begin the online registration process, you must continue until a form is completed for each child. When you click on "submit" at the end of the application, be assured that each application is automatically submitted to the Children’s Institute team. Online registration closes on Wednesday, May 31.
Although early registration is helpful, it does not guarantee placement in the Children's Institute. You may receive a follow-up phone call in order to clarify or obtain information. If you miss the May 31 registration deadline, your child(ren) can be placed on a waiting list by sending an email to Cherie Neely at email@example.com.
Your completed registration packet will be reviewed. Once an enrollment determination is made, you will either:
- receive a confirmation by mail or email, OR
- be notified of full capacity and availability on a waiting list
Please note: Your child is not officially registered until you receive the confirmation notice. No child will be admitted to the Children's Institute without a confirmed registration.
Bring your registration confirmation notice to the Children's Institute.