Autism—A Family’s Journey and the Lights Along the Way

Note: April is National Autism Awareness Month. Carolyn Hayer is the Director of Parent and Professional Development at the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) in New Jersey, a federally funded Parent Training and Information Center. Autism. There was a time when I couldn’t even say the word out loud. It was too painful, too devastating to

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Project HEART:
Heightened Excellence in Autism Research and Training

Note: April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a neurodevelopment disorder characterized by social communication delays and rigid and repetitive behavior, affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States. The majority of these children receive intervention in inclusive public school settings where school systems are stressed by the dramatic

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Evidence-based Practice and Autism

Note: April is National Autism Awareness Month. Katie is an 18-month-old who does not respond when her mother calls her name, likes to watch spinning objects, and does not use words or gestures to communicate. Jose is a 17-year-old student who gets stellar grades in all his courses, started the cyber security club in his

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Project ASD: Special Educator Preparation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Note: April is National Autism Awareness Month. Supporting Children and Youth with Autism April is Autism Awareness Month, and a perfect time to highlight the OSEP-funded Project Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Since 2004, this innovative personnel preparation project has been addressing the critical need for special educators prepared to

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Eleazar Vasquez III, Director and Associate Professor for the Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute
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New IRIS Modules: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (Part 2): Evidence-Based Practices This new IRIS Center Module, second in a two-part series, highlights strategies that have been shown to be effective in teaching appropriate behaviors and skills and decreasing inappropriate behaviors with children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It next explores several strategies that are particularly effective with

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A White House Roundtable With Young Black Leaders With Disabilities

By Valerie C. Williams Director, Office of Special Education Programs On Feb. 23, 2023, I participated in a Black History Month roundtable hosted by the White House and the Biden-Harris Administration. During the roundtable, I had the opportunity to meet with five representatives of the next generation of young Black disability leaders and advocates. The

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The Biden-Harris Administration Promotes Access to Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities

Katherine (Katy) Neas, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Education Sherry Lachman, Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance and Labor, White House Office of Management and Budget Bert Wyman, Program Examiner, White House Office of Management and Budget  The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to improving the lives of young children with disabilities and their families. We

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