Website: Stages Learning

Website: http://www.stageslearning.com/

Learning Materials’ products all feature beautiful, colorful, real-photo images to capture a child’s attention and engage their minds. Stages photo flash card sets, games, puzzles and posters offer a broad assortment of images to teach a wide range of language skills. We have cards that are identical to teach pre-language matching, cards to teach categorization and similarities, color cards, shape cards, and beautiful picture cards for language development.

Webinar: Empowering Latina Mothers of Children with ASD Webinar Archive Available

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Empowering Latina Mothers of Children with ASD Webinar Archive Available

UnknownIn concert with April as Autism Awareness and Acceptance month, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) hosted a webinar entitled “Parents Taking Action: Empowering Latina Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).” Latinos represent the fastest growing population in the US, and Latino children are one of the fastest growing ASD populations. Despite this growth, they are one of the most underserved groups with respect to diagnostic services, health care, and specialty autism services. “There are huge gaps in identifying and supporting Latino children with ASD leading to serious and significant long-term health disparities.  I’m thrilled that we were able to share with the network one promising community-based model for addressing those gaps by empowering their family members,” said Cathy Pratt, chair of AUCD’s Autism Special Interest Group.

UnknownDr. Sandy Magaña, professor in Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a national leader in the investigation of racial and ethnic disparities among children with autism and developmental disabilities and among their family caregivers.

Over 200 people from around the country joined the webinar where Dr. Magaña discussed the adaptation of the Promotora de Salud (community health worker) model, a culturally-based approach to addressing informational needs of Latino parents, to educating Latina mothers of children diagnosed with ASD. “We find the promotoras are exceptionally good at promoting self-efficacy in parents,” said Dr.  Magaña, “which leads to parents advocating for better services and utilizing evidence-based interventions to improve their child’s outcomes.”  A randomized controlled trial is currently underway to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed model, and preliminary findings that show a significant improvement in confidence and utilization of evidence based strategies were presented on the webinar.

The event was planned and sponsored by AUCD’s Special Interest Groups on Autism and Family Support and AUCD’s Multicultural Council, and hosted by AUCD on April 21, 2016.

English and Spanish transcripts of the webinar content including the webinar recording are now available on the event page.

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Website: Our Stars Inc.

Website: http://www.ourstarsinc.org

Non-Profit
provides support group, workshops,advocacy and respite care services,blog.

Website: Post Secondary Guide

Website: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/PostsecondaryGuide

Making My Way through College is a guide for any student pursuing a degree or other type of credential (e.g., certification, license) at a two-year or four-year community college, college, or university. You will find information on a variety of topics relevant to preparing for and succeeding in college and transitioning from college into the world of work. Much of the information provided is relevant to all students, but the primary focus of the guide is on navigating the college experience for students with disabilities or those who think they may have a disability.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, schools may not discriminate on the basis of disability and must ensure that the programs being offered, including extracurricular activities, are accessible to students with disabilities. Under these laws, a person with a disability is anyone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.

Families and professionals who work with students entering or in postsecondary education are encouraged to share this guide with any students who may benefit from the information.

Survey: Gathering Perspectives from the Autism Community about Employment and Higher Education

Dr. Jennifer Sarrett from Emory University (IRB #00087911) is conducting a study aimed at developing strategies for creating autism-friendly, neurodiverse workplaces and institutes of higher education. If you identify as being autistic, live in the United States, and are at least 18 years of age you are eligible to participate. Participation includes a short online survey about experiences in the workforce and/or with higher education (i.e., colleges/universities, vocational and technical schools, community college). These surveys will also ask your opinion on how to make these environments and opportunities more accessible and friendly to the autism community. The time this survey takes varies depending on how many open-ended questions you fill out and the details you provide. However, you may save and return to the survey at anytime. You will also be given the option to participate in a later, online focus group to gather more detailed information. If you would like to participate, please follow this link: https://newqtrial2015az1.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7VXzWCELUJ0PW0R. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Dr. Sarrett at [email protected]. Thank you.

BOOK: TOBY

Website: http://www.tobyautismtherapy.com

TOBY is an app for iPad and a supporting book (both eBook and paperback) which teaches parents to get therapy started at home. TOBY teaches 52 foundation skills for learning across 330 activities. It is evidence based and best practice.

Website: Profectum

Website: https://profectum.org

Profectum specializes in providing training and education on floortime & play therapy for professionals and parents of children with autism or special needs. They created the Foundational Capacities for Development™ model (FCD™ model), which builds upon the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship model (DIR model) developed by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder.

Academic Research: The National Autism Indicators Report Series

Website: http://drexe.lu/autismindicators16

Employment is about more than simply earning a paycheck – it influences quality of life, independence, and wellness. Historically, employment outcomes for adults with autism are poor. The U.S. Vocational Rehabilitation system (VR) is designed to provide support to states for implementation of services to assist people with disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep employment. VR data allow us to examine some outcomes for those with autism compared to their peers.

To make a difference, research must reach those who need it. The National Autism Indicators Report series presents our research findings in a clearly communicated, open-access, online format to speed the delivery of information to decision-makers while maintaining very high standards of scientific credibility.

Website: Spectrum Arts

Website: http://www.spectrumartsautism.org

The mission of Spectrum Arts is to function as a dynamic online resource of artistic programming for individuals on the autism spectrum and to develop a cooperative network of artistic professionals and organizations serving these individuals.

This site was launched in early February. Currently, it lists several arts organizations across the country that offer arts programming specifically created for individuals on the spectrum and their families. It offers a calendar of events sponsored by these organizations. The website also has a resource page listing materials related to artistic and creative practices for those with ASD.

The site has received support and cooperation from Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kit Project, The Miracle Project, Stages Theatre Company, and five other theatre arts organizations.

Website: Cyberbullying

Site: http://cyberbullying.us/

The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.  This web site serves as a clearinghouse of information concerning the ways adolescents use and misuse technology.  It is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, law enforcement officers, counselors, and others who work with youth.