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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Matthew T. Marino, Professor in the Exceptional Education Program
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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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Impact Stories — Joe McFadden

Throughout June we will celebrate the graduating high school class of 2020. This final blog in the series highlights a student from a private high school in Maryland. Congratulations Graduate! A Spotlight on Joe McFadden. By Pauline Peticlerc and Joe McFadden Joe was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old. He did not

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OSEP Releases Fast Facts: Children Identified With Emotional Disturbance

By Office of Special Education Programs We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback we got on our first release, OSEP Fast Facts: Children Identified With Autism, and are excited to present OSEP Fast Facts: Children Identified With Emotional Disturbance. For this Fast Fact, we present data from the 12 data collections authorized under IDEA Section 618 on

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Voices From the Field: Interview with Alicia Brewer Curran

Alicia Brewer Curran works at the University of Missouri, where she is the director of operations for the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Autism Program, and serves as a parent panelist on three expert hub teams. Additionally, she is the family faculty member for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program,

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Voices From the Field: Interview with Diana Capobianco

Diana Capobianco is a private practice pediatric dentist, Executive Board Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Maryland Chapter of AAP. Her career as a pediatric dentist includes working with infants, children, teens and individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. Diana holds several positions in local county

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