(April 21, 2016) The International Board of Credentialing & Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) is recognizing outstanding professionals that dedicate their lives to autism during Autism Awareness Month. Throughout April, the IBCCES will feature these individuals through their Members Site for Certified Autism Specialists to recognize each day. Each week, the Outstanding Autism Specialists will additionally be featured on the IBCCES News Blog for recognition worldwide. IBCCES has selectively chosen these individuals based on their background, qualifications, achievements, and continuous work in the field of autism.
IBCCES offers four levels of autism certification for professionals that work with individuals with autism. The Certified Autism Specialist is the flagship certification developed in 2001. Programs are available at both the Masters and non-Masters level that include online, position-specific autism training through IBCCES University. IBCCES additionally launched ABA-specific online training and advanced certification early this year. ABA, or Applied Behavioral Analysis, application of behavioral principles, to everyday situations, that will, over time, increase or decrease targeted behaviors.
IBCCES recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month in the United States, and World Autism Awareness day on April 2nd. With the rate of autism diagnosis rapidly increasing worldwide, the need for credentialed and licensed autism-related service providers continues to grow every year. Autism, commonly known as ASD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a wide range of symptoms and impairment levels. According to a study released this year by the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 68 children in the US have been diagnosed with ASD. It is five times more common among boys than girls, and there are currently over 10,000 job openings available for educators.
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