A free online resource, created by Children’s Hospital Colorado, offers resources and training materials for the Unstuck and On Target book and program to help students—particularly those who have autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder—learn how to better manage daily tasks.
STAGES Learning is the authority on autism education, providing award-winning solutions that range from picture card sets and apps to the first—and only—comprehensive curriculum in the field: the “ARIS” Academic Readiness Intervention System. Founded by Angela Nelson in 1997 and dedicated to helping every child thrive, STAGES is trusted by educators and therapists worldwide, anticipating their needs with proven teaching tools that build learning readiness. Easily adaptable, wraparound offerings set STAGES apart, and with development of an innovative new digital platform, it’s the complete destination for those seeking to improve the lives of learners with autism and other cognitive delays.
Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) has many resources to help teachers and their students recognize the rich history and contributions of people who are deaf or hearing impaired, as well as those who are autistic. One of DCMP’s offerings is No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie. Another is the award-winning documentary Autism Goes to College from the Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.
It takes a village to teach students with autism, but usually we only think of adults as making up that support community. Research continues to show that not only do students with autism respond better to interventions that are modeled by same-age neurotypical peers, but it also has positive benefits for those peers by increasing their empathy, advocacy, and leadership skills. Additionally, a community of students supporting their classmates with autism increases inclusivity and normalizes diversity, which can greatly impact the community’s emotional well-being.
April is Autism Awareness Month, and Apple is marking the occasion by posting a digital art gallery of works created by artists on the autism spectrum. The project, which is curated by the nonprofit Art of Autism, is being unveiled over the course of the month. “Created on iPad Gallery” features the work of 15 artists from the autistic community who hail from across the US and Canada. The participants have differing abilities and are different ages. In addition to sharing the work of these artists, teachers and parents can tap these free programs to support educating children with autism and other special needs:
Home Curriculum for Early Autism Education
Media to Help Children with Autism and Visual Impairment or Hearing Loss