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KNRC Library will be open Monday - Friday 9:00am-4:00pm.

Please check the calendar section of the newsletter for holiday closures or scheduled closures for KNRC events/programs or call (509) 943-8455 for more information.

Kadlec Neurological Resource Center has an extensive lending library for those interested in many disorders with a special emphasis on neurological disorders. Our library collection includes books, pamphlets, newsletters, DVDs and related materials. Resources for caregivers are a highlight of our library collection. Our children’s collection helps young people with neurological concerns (for themselves, for a sibling, parent, or grandparent) understand that they are not “the only one.”

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Checkout Policies:

Patrons are allowed to check out up to five books, DVDs, or other resource materials at once. Materials can be checked out for one month. Items may renewed if there is no hold on the book. Items can be put on hold if it is not available. Patron will be contacted by phone or email when the item becomes available. Items will be held for two weeks. If held items are not picked up within two weeks, the hold will be cancelled, and the items returned to the shelf.


SCHEDULE:  Tuesday, August 14th

8:30-9:00 AM | Registration & Visit the Vendors

9:00-10:15 AM | Paula Kluth, PHD

Don't We Already Do Inclusion?  - Understanding Inclusion & Teaching Up (All) 

10:15-10:30 AM | BREAK

10:30-11:45 AM | Paula Kluth, PHD

Don't We Already Do Inclusion? Honoring Interests & Fascinations (All) 


11:45-12:45 PM | LUNCH 

12:45-1:45 PM | Paula Kluth, PHD

Don't We Already Do Inclusion? Creating Responsive Classrooms (All) 

1:45-2:00 PM | BREAK

2:00-3:00 PM | Paula Kluth, PHD

Don't We Already Do Inclusion? Collaborating & Conclusions (All) 


3:00-4:00 PM | Angie Chapin and her son, Kaliq Chapin

Navigating Our Path: Changing Expectations, Redefining Success, Finding Happiness (All) 



SCHEDULE:  Wednesday, August 15th

8:00-8:30 AM | Registration and Visit the Vendors

8:30-9:00 AM | Keynote: Imani Chapin and Asjia Chapin  

Finding Our Way: A Sibling's Story (All)

9:00-10:15 AM | Willliam Shaw, PHD

The Detection and Treatment of the Most Common Biochemical Abnormalities in Autism (All)

9:00-10:15 AM | Mark Derby, PHD

Managing Severe Behavior in the School: Mandate and Practice (Educators)

10:15-10:30 AM | BREAK

10:30-12:00 PM |  Willliam Shaw, PHD
The Detection and Treatment of the Most Common Biochemical Abnormalities in Autism (cont'd) (All)


10:30-12:00 PM | Mark Derby, PHD

Managing Severe Behavior in the School: Mandate and Practice (cont'd) (Educators)


12:00-1:00 PM | LUNCH 


1:00-2:30 PM | Kristin Kawena Begay, PHD, NCSP​
Strategies for Students with ASD in the General Education Classroom (Educators) 


1:00-2:30 PM | Mark Derby, PHD
IDEiA: What a Parent Should Know Before the Student is Placed on an IEP (Parents)


2:30-2:45 PM | BREAK


2:45-4:15 PM | Kristin Kawena Begay, PHD, NCSP
Early Flags for ASD (All)


2:45-4:15 PM | The ARC Panel
Transitioning - ideal for middle school and high school age teachers, students and families (All)


Keynote Speaker

Paula Kluth, PHD (August 14)

Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction and inclusive schooling.

She is the author or co-author of more than 15 books and products including: "From Text Maps to Memory Caps": 100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Inclusive Classrooms, "Don't We Already Do Inclusion?": 100 Ways to Improve Inclusive Schools, “You’re Going to Love This Kid”: Teaching Students with Autism in Inclusive Classrooms, Joyful Learning: Active and Collaborative Learning in the Inclusive Classroom, A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism, and "The Autism Checklist": A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers. Paula is also the director of a documentary film titled “We Thought You’d Never Ask”: Voices of People with Autism.

Don't We Already Do Inclusion?  Creating Schools for All


  • understand inclusion as a process (vs. as a place)
  • understand how to grow a culture of differentiation in a K-12 inclusive classrooms
  • gain strategies for evaluating inclusive practices/programs
  • learn ideas for sharing roles & responsibilities in the inclusive school
  • learn and be able to replicate a handful of active learning structures/brain breaks appropriate for K-12 classrooms
  • be introduced to a range of virtual & print resources related to inclusive education


Featured Speaker

William Shaw, PHD (August 15)

William Shaw, Ph.D., is board certified in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Before he founded The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc., Dr. Shaw worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children's Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine, and Smith Kline Laboratories. He is the author of Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD, originally published in 1998 and Autism: Beyond the Basics, published in 2009. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.  Dr. Shaw is the stepfather of a child with autism and has helped thousands of patients and medical practitioners to successfully improve the lives of people with autism, AD(H)D, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, immune deficiencies, multiple sclerosis, OCD, Parkinson's disease, seizure disorders, tic disorders, Tourette syndrome, and other serious conditions.

9:00-10:15 AM  | The Detection and Treatment of the Most Common Biochemical Abnormalities in Autism 

10:30-12:00 PM | The Detection and Treatment of the Most Common Biochemical Abnormalities in Autism (cont'd)


  • The attendee will learn the most common food sensitivities in autism and how they can be measured.
  • The attendee will learn many of the toxic chemicals that are risk factors for autism, how they can be avoided or detoxified, and how they can be measured.
  • The attendee will learn the most common vitamin deficiencies in autism and also how some vitamins may be clinically useful using doses more than the RDA.
  • The attendee will learn some of the microorganisms common in autism and how they can be treated.

Mark Derby, PHD, earned his AA Degree from Spokane Falls Community College, Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Washington University, and Doctor's Degree from the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, he worked at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

9:00-10:15 AM | Managing Severe Behavior in the School: Mandate and Practice

10:30-12:00 PM | Managing Severe Behavior in the School: Mandate and Practice (cont'd)

Learning Objectives:

  • Will discuss the environmental variables that maintain problem behavior.
  • Will discuss the Mandated procedures.
  • The essentials of a Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • The essentials of a Behavioral Intervention Plan.

1:00-2:30 PM | IDEiA: What a Parent Should Know Before the Student is Placed on an IEP

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the history of the IDEiA.
  • Discuss the referral to placement process.
  • What to expect at IEP meetings.
  • The IEP documents from front page to consent.

Kawena Begay, PHD, NCSP, is a psychologist at the UW Autism Center. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Luther College (Iowa), specializing in Early Childhood and Special Education. She earned her MEd. and PHD. in School Psychology from the University of Washington. Kawena completed graduate practicum training at UW Autism Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, and predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UW Autism Center. Kawena’s research focuses on effective teaching and counseling strategies for children from diverse backgrounds as well as best practices for ASD identification and treatment across different racial and ethnic groups. Kawena works on several research studies at the UW Autism Center and also provides clinical services.

Prior to receiving her doctorate, Kawena taught grades Pre-K through 12 in several different states, including on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and in rural Hawai’i at a Hawaiian Immersion school. She has also worked as a K-12 School Counselor in a Hawaiian Immersion school. A Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Kawena served grades Pre-K through 12 as a School Psychologist in both Washington and Hawai’i. She worked to improve identification services and use of culturally appropriate assessment procedures in the schools by providing additional training and consultation for district staff members.

1:00-:30 PM  | Embracing Differences: Autism Spectrum Disorders in the General Education Classroom

Increasingly, students with ASD are being included in general education classrooms and classroom teachers and support personnel would benefit from additional information and support for this population. This brief workshop focuses on how to help individuals with ASD be successful in general education classrooms.  In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • Common strengths of students with ASD
  • Common challenges of students with ASD
    • Communication
    • Cognition
    • Social
    • Sensory
    • Emotional
  • Effective classroom strategies for each area of challenge
    • Modifications and accommodations
    • Routines
    • Visual supports

2:45- 4:00 PM  | Early Red Flags for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Research strongly supports early intervention for ASD as the most effective treatment option, and ASD can now be identified at a much earlier age than ever before. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between typically developing behavior and unusual behavior, however. This brief workshop focuses on identifying “red flags” that can be seen at early ages and might indicate the need for a comprehensive evaluation and/or treatment. In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • Red flags for behavior
  • Red flags for communication
  • Common co-occurring disabilities and medical conditions
  • The diagnostic process
  • Resources for parents

August 14  3:15-4:15PM l Angie Chapin and her son, Kaliq Chapin

Navigating Our Path: Changing Expectations, Redefining Success, Finding Happiness (All)

Mother of four, Angie Chapin, will discuss and elaborate on her journey thus far in navigating the education system, all the while advocating for her two sons with autism. She will be joined by her 13-year-old son, Kaliq, to give his insight on his experience.

August 15  8:30am-9:00am l Imani Chapin and Asjia Chapin

Keynote: Finding Our Way: A Sibling's Story (All)

Keynote speakers, Imani and Asjia Chapin, share their experience about life with two autistic brothers, comprised of adventures both beautiful and challenging. They share another piece of the puzzle by advocating for siblings who are often misunderstood or overlooked..

2:45-4:15PM l The ARC Panel (All)

Transitioning: For middle school and high school age teachers, students and families (All)


Donna Tracy, BS

Melissa Brooks, RN

Sherry Mashburn

Becky Gellerson, MA, CRC

Lori Scott

Cindy Wright


Mission: To improve the Quality of Life for those affected by Neurological Disorders.

Purpose: WARMHEARTED SUPPORT: To provide compassion, education, and support to those affected by neurological disorders, and to their caregivers, so they don’t have to face the challenges of a neurological disorder alone.


  • RESPECT: Do no harm to the dignity and self-esteem of anyone dealing with a neurological disorder.
  • COMPASSION: Treat our clients and potential clients as if they are part of our family.
  • ACCESSIBILITY: Provide access to our services independent of ability to pay.
  • EFFECTIVENESS: Provide timely, current, and useful information about the full spectrum of neurological disorders.

Picture of the Future:

Every person dealing with a neurological disorder in our “area of service” is aware that KNRC is here to help, utilizes our resources, and refers others to us.

Karen Hayes, M.A., Executive Director

Karen has been the Executive Director of Kadlec Neurological Resource Center since May, 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Washington State University/Tri-Cities and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavioral Science from City University/Leadership Institute of Seattle. She is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Idaho.

Sue Linn, Program Specialist

Sue has been the Program Specialist for Kadlec Neurological Resource Center since October 2009. Sue helps to coordinate our many community events. Prior to joining the KNRC staff, Sue worked for the Washington State House of Representatives as a legislative aide, tracking legislation and assisting constituents with their needs. Sue has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. She is a mother of two.

Cathy Manderbach, Outreach Specialist

Cathy joined Kadlec Neurological Resource Center in May of 2013.  She represents KNRC at community and educational events. She assists in developing and strengthening relationships with organizations such as ALS and Alzheimer’s Association.  She organizes new fundraising opportunities while increasing awareness about KNRC’s many resources. Cathy has her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University where she majored in marketing.  

Susan Pinard, Resource Specialist

Susan Pinard joined the KNRC staff as the Resource Specialist in August of 2013.  She had been involved with the KNRC fundraiser, Variété, for many years as an organizer and decorator.  She owned and ran Hullabaloo Event Planning for ten years.  She also worked at The Richland Public Library for three years.  She has a bachelor degree from the University of Washington with majors in Anthropology and American Ethnic Studies.


What is Folate, methylfolate and MTHFR gene?

Folic acid is the man-made form of folate. Folate is a B-vitamin naturally found in some foods and our bodies need it to form healthy cells. For it to do its job, the most common form of folate in supplements and fortified foods must be converted to its active form, methylfolate, to be used by the body. But, not everyone is born equal, as far as methylation is concerned. In fact, as much as 70% (in the US) inherit a defective or partially defective gene that lacks the enzyme needed to convert folate, this is the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene. The problem lies in the fact that almost half of all people have genetic variations that reduce the ability of the MTHFR enzyme to make this conversion.


For people with MTHFR gene variations, supplementing with the already activated form of folate (5-MTHF) is far more effective than introducing the pre-converted form to the body through typical folate supplements. L-Methylfolate (5-MTHF) supplements provide the active form of folate naturally present in the body and available for biological action.

Who is at risk for MTHFR gene problems?

  • Depressed patients are thought to be at risk for MTHFR polymorphisms because would have lower serum L-methylfolate and thus lower CNS folate---thus lower monamine levels (serotonin, dopamine, NE)
  • Hispanic and Italian population
  • All of us...

Conditions that treating methylation has helped 

  • Depression (Deplin)
  • Anxiety (Deplin)
  • Memory Loss (CerefolinNAC)
  • Diabetic neuropathy (MetaNX)
  • High Risk Pregnancies (Neevo, NeevoDHA, Thorne Prenatal)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Migraines
  • Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s
  • Autism, Autism spectrum disorders
  • Prevention of Birth Defects

Learn more from Dr. Neil Rawlins

Summary of Dietary, Nutritional, and Medical Treatments for Autism Article from Arizona State University

Additional MTHFR materials:

Your contributions are absolutely essential in order for our services and resources to be provided free of charge. You make our existence possible—ensuring that now and in the future no one is left alone to deal with a neurological disorder! Donating to Kadlec Neurological Resource Center in another’s name is a meaningful way to honor or remember a very special person.

Become a Champion

KNRC membership is transitioning, and KNRC Members are becoming Champions. KNRC donations are being accepted by Kadlec Foundation and should be designated for KNRC. Your support of KNRC continues to be needed and is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for being a KNRC Champion; you are helping to keep KNRC going strong. If you prefer to make your gift by check, please make checks payable to Kadlec Foundation - For KNRC, and send to our attention at 888 Swift Boulevard, Richland, WA 99352.

Donate to KNRC or make a memorial contribution here.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program

You can now link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Kadlec Neurological Resource Center. Enroll into the program or sign in to the Fred Meyer Rewards program. Once you are logged in, you can designate KNRC to benefit from your shopping. Simply enter our Fred Meyer non-profit number: 93431. Every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping KNRC earn a donation. Learn more.

Yoke’s eScript Rewards Program

Kadlec Neurological Resource Center is now enrolled in Yoke’s eScrip rewards program.

What is eScrip?

eScrip has created a system that rewards customer loyalty by contributing a percentage of purchases made by participating non-profit groups or schools.
Friends of Kadlec Neurological Resource Center are encouraged to register their grocery club cards. A percentage of all purchases made at eScrip merchants will be given to KNRC. If you don’t already have a card, stop by Yoke's Fresh Market to pick up a card.

How Does eScrip Work?

Yoke’s Fresh Market will contribute up to 5% each time you make a purchase using your registered card. There are no receipts to collect, no vouchers or certificates to buy, no hassles for you and every purchase counts.

To enroll KNRC, visit

Once you create or login to your existing account, link your eScrip account to KNRC using our Group ID number: 500824413

If you have questions, please contact Cathy Manderbach at (509) 943-8455.

Amazon Smile Program

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations, such as KNRC.  Sign-Up to support KNRC at

The Community Health Transmitter provides current neurological and related health information. Each issue includes a calendar of our events, additions to the library, and support group news. Please call KNRC to be added to our mailing list, or simply fill out the form below. The Community Health Transmitter is also available electronically and via our website.

KNRC offers a variety of support groups that provide both education and support. Talking with and learning from others who have similar challenges is often encouraging and beneficial to those living with a neurological disorder. Their caregivers and parents also benefit from participation in support groups.

Support groups typically meet every month.

Please note our new location:
Kadlec Healthplex
1268 Lee Blvd
Richland, WA 99352

1st Monday of each month, at 10 a.m. 
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

*Light Meal Served
3rd Thursday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. and/or
4th Tuesday of each month, at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Callaway Gardens

4th Wednesday of each month, at 12 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

3rd Tuesday of each month, at 1 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

CAREGIVERS (For Men Only) *light meal served
4th Monday of each month, at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Callaway Gardens

This group is merged with the Chronic Pain Support Group and will meet twice a month, the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

This group is merged with the Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Support Group and will meet twice a month, the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

1st Tuesday of each month, at 2 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

3rd Monday of each month, at 1:30 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

4th Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Brookdale Meadow Springs
770 West Gage, Richland

Meets one Saturday each month at 11:00am
Location: Kadlec Healthplex, refer to newletter for date. 

1st Wednesday of each month, at 1 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

Thurs., July 19, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Thurs., Aug. 9, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Thurs., Sept. 19, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Thurs., Oct. 18, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Thurs., Nov. 15, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Thurs., Dec.. 20, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

3rd Tuesday of each month, at 3 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

1st Wednesday of each month, at 3 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex


For more information, please call KNRC at (509) 943-8455 or email us as

Recursos en Español (Spanish-Language Resources)

"There are only four kinds of people in this world—Those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, those who will need caregivers.”

—Rosalynn Carter

Caregiving is among the most rewarding and most challenging undertakings of your life, and each and every scenario is different. Each person, and each progression of disease, is different. We have many helpful books, DVDs, and other informational materials, with everything from strategies for care to the personal stories of other care providers. Sometimes the most helpful thing you can hold in your heart is that another has walked that road before you, and you are not alone.

KNRC offer's FOUR Caregiver Support Groups:

  • Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group at Callaway Gardens on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm
  • Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group at Callaway Gardens on the third Thursday of every month at 5:30pm.
  • Caregivers Support Group at KNRC, every 3rd Tuesday of the month, at 1:00pm.
  • Caregivers: For Men Only at Callaway Gardens, every fourth Monday of the month, at 12:30 pm.

Caregiver groups held at Callaway Gardens are requested to RSVP as a light meal is provided during the meeting.  Callaway Gardens is located at 5505 West Skagit Ct, Kennewick, WA 99336.  To RSVP, please call (509) 783-5433.

External resources:

Useful Articles

7th Annual Caregiver Conference Handouts

A unique resource, KNRC is the only community-based center in North America dedicated to education on a vast array of neurological disorders. Click below to see some of our specific resources.

Resources, library materials, and support specifically attended for family and caregivers

Neurological Disorders:
A list of all disorders currently served by KNRC, with links to relevant local and external resources.

Don't see something you need? Please call us--we'll do our best to help.

Additional Resources:
Links to videos, articles, further organizations, and other relevant information for those with neurological disorders and their friends and families.

Kadlec Neurological Resource Center provides compassion, education, and support to those affected by neurological disorders, and to their caregivers, so they don't have to face the challenges of a neurological disorder alone.

Kadlec Neurological Resource Center is located at 1268 Lee Blvd, Richland, WA 99352 in the Kadlec Healthplex.