Guide: U.S. Department of Labor: Diversifying Your Workforce

This tool, developed by the U.S Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), is a four-step reference guide to recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities. It provides tips and practical resources for employers focusing on the following topics: benefits for hiring individuals with disabilities, career-focused mentoring, private sector internships for students with disabilities, online application and accessibility, reasonable accommodations and more.

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Website: Kyle’s Treehouse

Kyle’s Treehouse is an online community for parents of children with autism. It provides a space in which parents and caregivers can share information, stories and practical advice with one another. Its resource directory provides a listing of books, websites and videos related to autism.

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Guide: Center for Autism and Related Disabilities: Autism and Mental Health Issues

This booklet offers information about the prevalence of mental health conditions in persons with autism spectrum disorders. It discusses the signs and symptoms of autism and mental health concerns, what educators need to know, managing a crisis, and resources that are available to support students, their families and educators.

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Booklet: Airport Social Stories

This booklet, developed by Carol Gray, contains social stories on air travel for children and adults with autism. Accompanied by pictures and short sentences, it is intended to improve an individual’s understanding of airport procedures. These social stories cover check-ins, security checkpoints, boarding and exiting the plane.

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Website: Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends establishes friendships between students with developmental disabilities and their peers without disabilities through inclusive meaningful participation on school campuses as well as within their community. This program provides the opportunity for students to acquire, practice and improve social/conversation skills and problem solving strategies in a real world environment.

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Guide: Autism Speaks: Haircutting Training Guide

This guide, developed by Autism Speaks and Snip-its, includes information and tips for hair stylists, parents and caregivers. It discusses the behaviors that children with autism may display; provides ideas to help parents effectively prepare their children for a haircut; and offers a visual schedule to familiarize children with autism with the haircutting process.

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Webpage: The Hanen Centre: Autism Corner

The Hanen Centre is a non-profit organization that focuses on language, social and literacy skills in young children. This webpage contains information to help parents understand communication in children with autism including tip sheets, articles from speech-language pathologists and other resources.

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Article: Reading Rockets: Reading Together: Tips for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Reading Rockets offers reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. This article discusses the benefits of reading to a child with autism and other developmental disabilities. It provides tips for reading to infants, toddlers and school-age children, book suggestions and other resources.

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Report: National Center for Health Statistics: Changes in Prevalence of Parent-reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in School-aged U.S. Children: 2007-2012

This report, released by the Centers on Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals that the prevalence of parent-reported ASD among children aged 6-17 was 2% in 2011-2012, a significant increase from 2007. The magnitude of the increase was greatest for boys and for adolescents aged 14-17. According to the CDC, much of the recent increase – especially for children aged 6-13 – was the result of diagnoses of children with previously unrecognized ASD.

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Article: IEP Meeting Conversation Stoppers

This article from the National Center for Learning Disabilities addresses nine common statements that are made to parents at IEP meetings, also known as “conversation stoppers.” These comments tend to create barriers and can prevent the IEP team from working cooperatively to develop effective special education services and supports for students with disabilities.

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