On Christmas Eve, a 15-year-old boy with autism died from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle. The next day, the body of 7-year-old boy with autism was found floating in a nearby pool. Each year, hundreds of children and adults with autism go missing, but holiday-related wandering cases are especially dangerous. According to a study from the National Autism Association (NAA), incidents that occurred from a social or family gathering, such as those during the holidays, ended in death 69% of the time. In recent years, cases have occurred on Mother’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve. >>> Read More <<<
- ASD Training: Tri-State Webinar Series On-Demand
- Michigan Alliance for Families Webinar Series On-Demand
- Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network Webinars
Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM), an extension of the National Professional Development Center (NPDC) on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), has released five free online modules focused on how practitioners can use evidence-based practices for learners with ASD. Each module includes case examples that demonstrate the practice in use, a multimedia presentation of content with audio and video clips, interactive assessments, and free professional development certificates. Currently, five modules are available and additional modules are on the way.
Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators – Free Online Module
The IRIS Center has released a free online module, Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators (August 2015), which provides information on the early warning signs of ASD, the difference between a medical diagnosis and an educational determination of ASD, the strengths and needs of children with ASD, key team members, how family members might be affected, and strategies teachers can use when working with children with ASD. It includes video examples, practice vignettes, and recorded interviews. For example, see this interview with Ilene Schwartz, who discusses strategies teachers can use in early childhood settings to promote the success of a child with ASD.
ASD Strategies in Action: Autism Internet Modules
The Kit for Kids program is designed to teach elementary and middle school students about their peers with autism. The kit is centered around an illustrated booklet entitled “What’s Up with Nick?”. This colorful, kid-friendly booklet tells the story about a new student, a boy with autism named Nick, through the eyes of a typical peer. The story teaches children that students with autism may think differently or need some accommodations, but all students are of equal worth and should be treated as such.You can use this program to increase awareness of autism among students from grades K-8. With greater knowledge of autism, our youth will learn to see the person first rather than focus on a classmate’s disability. By increasing students’ acceptance of differences, the Kit for Kids creates a more inclusive classroom and overall sense of community.
- Hawaii Autism Spectrum Services – September 20, 2014
The consultant group L&M Policy Research prepared a report for the Centers on Medicare & Medicaid that details state-level services and supports for children and adults on the autism spectrum. You can download it here. To read about services available in Hawaii, scroll to page 83.
- Autism Society –http://www.autism-society.org/ – (Living with autism tab)
- Autism Speaks – https://www.autismspeaks.org/families-adults
- Autism Web – http://www.autismweb.com/
- Autism Source – http://www.autismsource.org/
- Hilopa’a – http://www.hilopaa.org/ – (All tabs are great, especially the Rainbow Book)
- Special Parent Information Network: Hawaii (SPIN) – http://spinhawaii.org/
- SPIN Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/115471238473789/permalink/1327030300651204/