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Dr. Bobby Vaughn
Dr. Bobby Vaughn of St. Petersburg, Florida is an associate research professor at the University of South Florida in the Department of Child and Family and the Florida Mental Health Institute. She also serves as training director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Bobbie has conducted extensive research and model development in the area of positive behavior support with an emphasis on young and school-age children with challenging behavior in home, community, and school settings. As a FAVACA Volunteer at the request of the Jamaican Combined Disabilities Association and the Kingston Rotary Club, she traveled to Jamaica in 2006 and 2007, to make presentations and deliver important educational materials and information on the subject of children with Autism and disabilities spanning childhood to adolescence. Dr. Vaughn delivered a powerful message focusing on the need to educate teachers, caregivers and the public about children with Autism.
JAMAICANS RALLY TO CONFRONT AUTISM. Monica Bartley, Chairperson, Jamaican Combined Disabilities Association and Rotary Club of Kingston partnered to request expertise in behavioral problems related to children with autism spanning childhood to adolescence for their April 2006 Coping with Autism Conference. As the number of children with autism increases, the need to educate teachers, caregivers, and the general public about children with the disability becomes critical. First time FAVACA volunteers Amanda Keating, Tampa, and Bobbie Vaughn, St. Petersburg, traveled April 20-23, 2006 to present at the Conference and consult with participant organizations. Keating is the coordinator of human services at the University of South Florida and an adjunct professor at Webster University. Vaughn works with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of South Florida where she does research focusing on children with disabilities entering pre-kindergarten special education. More than 120 special education teachers, parents, caregivers and health professionals participated in the Conference.