National Autism Association (NAA) Toolkits

The National Autism Association (NAA) has Toolkits for Caregivers (Elopement), First Responders, Teachers, Meeting the Police, First Signs, Grandparents and Age of Majority available for download. Links to each of the tool kits can be found here. The kits may also be ordered free as hard copies through the NAA website at:

National Autism Association (NAA) Toolkits

With two recent deaths on Christmas and Christmas Eve, the National Autism Association is warning caregivers about the increased risks of autism-related wandering during the holidays.

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 <<<

Family Caregiving Video Series: Mobility

The Home Alone Alliance is pleased to release its first series of family caregiver instructional videos. Developed by Alliance members — the AARP Public Policy Institute and the U.S. Veterans Administration, this initial series, seeks to provide family caregivers of those with mobility challenges simple, concrete instruction on a variety of topics.

Webinars on Demand

Training Modules for Autism

Using Evidence-Based Practices for Learners with ASD – Five Free Online Modules
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

Organization for Autism Research

The Curriculum in a Box is a comprehensive professional development program designed to provide middle and high school teachers with the knowledge and evidence-based strategies needed to support their students with autism in the general education classroom.

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.

Resource Websites (may also include training/webinars)

Special Medical Needs Pilot Program

A Special Medical Needs Pilot Program has been approved by Public Utilities Commission – Joann Markle, Director, Customer Ombudsman for Hawaiian Electric has informed us that the Public Utilities Commission issued Decision and Order No. 34467 approving the Companies’ proposed Special Medical Needs Pilot Program (Transmittal No. 17-01) earlier this week. The program shall take effect on April 1, 2017, with a sunset date of March 31, 2019, and will be available to the first 2,000 eligible customers. The application form will be available on the Companies’ website on April 1st,and the links to the programs (please note that these links will be up on April 1st) are as follows:

TippyTalk App

TippyTalk allows a person with a verbal disability to communicate by translating pictures into text messages, which are then sent to a family member or care givers phone or tablet. This allows the person who is non-verbal to communicate and express a desire, want, need or feeling.

Companion App

The Companion App is a 24/7 personalized aide for teens and adults with special needs. It uses Abby – our artificial intelligence avatar – to have real back-and-forth conversations with the user.

Other Resources

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