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
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
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
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
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
By: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Last week, we celebrated teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8–12. In case you missed it, OSERS highlighted two states working to address the special education teacher shortage. Additionally, 10 dedicated teachers and professors shared why they teach.
We invite you to read our interviews with Fanica Young, Julianna Kim, and Danica Moise, doctoral scholars and former OSEP interns. They each share what brought them to the field and how their doctoral programs have shaped their practice.
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
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
Supporting Families Sadia Batool is a physician with a current focus on supporting families and professionals in Early Childhood Systems. Her passion for Early Childhood systems stems from her personal experience of receiving life changing early intervention services for her daughter with autism.