#9 of 10 ideas about Autism Awareness: "Autism Awareness" should help us identify and overcome the barriers that families and children face even within their own communities.
Not every child with autism is invited to birthday parties. Not every faith community welcomes families of children with autism. Not every school provides meaningful contact between students with autism and their typically-developing peers. Not every community provides recreational and other important opportunities for individuals with autism. Like all families, those with children with autism want to be able to live comfortably and fully within their community. That may mean simply going to the park, attending religious services, going to the movies, or eating at a restaurant. Unfortunately, many families are not able to access these activities because the social community is not sufficiently informed or prepared to include individuals with autism within these settings; and, in some cases, the children are not taught how to manage these situations well due to ineffective treatments. As a result, families of children with autism are often isolated. This lack of opportunity is both a function of misinformation about autism and the lack of awareness about the successful efforts of those who have overcome such barriers. With 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with autism, every facet of society needs to be informed of the supports necessary for individuals with autism to succeed within their communities.
I am a special education teacher preparing students with autism for fuller inclusion. How can I set up my small groups to target skills that will serve my students well in the classroom? Answered by Renita Paranjape, MEd, BCBA, Clinical Supervisor-School Support System, Kinark Child and Family Servi...
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