SESAME PLACE® BECOMES FIRST THEME PARK IN THE WORLD TO BE DESIGNATED AS A CERTIFIED AUTISM CENTER

Certification readied for April’s Autism Awareness month and start of new season

Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®, in conjunction with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), today announced the completion of a staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training at the theme park.  The completion designates Sesame Place as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as distinguished by IBCCES, — the first theme park in the world to receive such a distinction. The certification aligns with National Autism Awareness Month and comes as the park readies for its 38th season, opening on April 28, 2018.   Continue Reading →

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Special Education Needs: It’s All About Our Approach

By: Carol S. Weinman, Esq., CAS, International Speaker and Autism Legal Expert

“Wow….a non-litigious lawyer – now that’s refreshing!” Those were the words uttered from an attendee of the Special Education session I presented at the February International Symposium on Cognitive Research and Disorders in St. Augustine, Florida. The session was entitled “How Best to Avoid Special Education Litigation.” My foremost guidance, as simple as it may sound, is cooperation and collaboration.

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Interview with Dr. Stephen Shore

IBCCES Board Member and international speaker Dr. Stephen Shore was recently interviewed by Lime Connect. Read on for an excerpt and a link to the full interview delving into Dr. Shore’s perspective as a professor and professional who happens to be on the autism spectrum:

LC: You’ve famously said, “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Why is that an important point for people to understand about their interactions with individuals with autism, in particular?

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BCBA vs CAS: What’s the Difference?

When professionals who specialize in autism enter their careers, they pledge to do all they can to help those who face the challenge of this often mystifying condition. Some of them enter the world of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) through BCBA certification to take advantage of the technique’s benefits to help persons with autism shape their behavior to function better in life. There is, however, now a new program that takes a broader approach to the field of autism beyond just behavior. This new program will give a significant career advantage to both those with no prior ABA training and those with ABA experience. Continue Reading →

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Why professional certifications for teachers in K-12 education are becoming the norm

The need for education and professional credentials today is very different from what it was just fifty years ago, when what you needed to get a good job was a high school diploma. That diploma provided a meal ticket that enabled a worker to get a good job that supported a family, paid the mortgage, bought a car, and provided a two-week family vacation each year. At that time, only 5% of American adults earned a bachelor’s degree, while 52% held a high school diploma. Over the years, high paying jobs in manufacturing disappeared. To get the good jobs, you needed a bachelor’s. By 1990, nearly 10% of adult Americans had a bachelor’s, and the pay gap between what they earned and what high school grads earned grew dramatically. The college degree replaced the high school diploma as a basic meal ticket.

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THE STAGGERING CONNECTION OF ASD AND CRIME LEADS TO LEGAL SPECIALTY

By: Carol S. Weinman, Esq., CAS, Autism Expert & International Speaker

When I initially chose to concentrate most of my law practice on cases involving those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are arrested or have encounters with law enforcement, I often received the same inquiry. “You mean there are that many of those cases that you can focus your practice on that?” The resounding answer is, unfortunately, “yes.” And, the numbers keep on increasing, including those who are incarcerated. Continue Reading →

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Helpful Holiday Hints

By Elayne Pearson, C.A.S, Special Needs Preparedness Specialist

I love the classic Christmas song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” But let’s be honest, December can be a difficult month for most of us – with all the juggling, jingling, jangling, and jostling of added obligations and opportunities. For people affected by a challenging special need or disability, it can be extremely difficult. Between the extra-long list of “to-dos” for everyone, the sugary treats, decorating, shopping, junk food, programs, and family gatherings — the toll exacted from individuals with fragile systems can feel like pure drudgery instead of pure joy. School teachers often observe goal-digression in students instead of progress and harmony. So, if you’re a professional, feel free to pass this little piece on to similar parents of special needs loved ones.

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Giving Families A Reason To Travel: A Certified Autism Travel Professional’s Perspective

Posted with permission from Joanna Hinrichs, All About You Tour & Travel

I have always wanted to be a travel agent since I was 18 and graduated from high school.  My first trip was to Mexico with my cousins, and I was hooked.  I went to travel school in the late 80s and had the privilege of working for AAA Nebraska for 5 years.  I decided to open my own home-based travel agency about 12 years ago in a little town in Nebraska with a population of 450 people. I also have a teaching degree and substitute teach in our local K-12 grade schools.  I have a lot of experience working with kiddos on the Autism spectrum, ranging from low to high-functioning.

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Florida Sheriff’s Office to Undergo Autism Training & Certification

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) will be conducting autism training for deputy sheriffs and first responders for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office in St. Augustine, FL beginning January 2018. Over 400 St. Johns County law enforcement officers will take part in the training, which will address what Autism Spectrum Disorder is, how to recognize and communicate with an individual who may have ASD and how to reduce risk.

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Traumatic Brain Injury in Childhood

By Taveesha Guyton

When a child is diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury, otherwise known as TBI, this diagnosis is devastating to the family, as well as the community in which the child lives. Traumatic Brain Injury leads to death and long-term disability and expands across all social and economic levels. “Traumatic brain injury in childhood is the most prevalent cause of death and long-term disability in children and affects all socioeconomic levels” ( Bond Chapman, 2006). The cost of TBI is expensive to the child, the family as well as to the supports which serve the children.

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