BY ELLER ROSSETTI
DENTON (UNT), Texas — A new University of North Texas grant project called Project Start — or Systematic Training for Autism Teachers — will provide on-the-job coaching and full scholarships to special education teachers who are seeking master’s degrees in special education with a concentration in autism intervention, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
By MICHELLE DIAMENT
Hispanic and African-American children are often diagnosed with autism at older ages. Now, a new advertising campaign aims to raise awareness in an attempt to reverse the trend.
BY CBS NEWS
An autistic boy who cannot speak alerted his father to alleged abuse by a teacher by drawing pictures, some featuring stick-figures saying “no” and “help.”
Elena Ghionis, CAS
City/State: Spartanburg, South Carolina
School/Organization: District 7 / McCarthy Teszler School
by ROSALIND RYAN
Long car journeys with young children – full of endless questions, chatter and games of I Spy – leave many parents with a headache. But until recently mum Helen Bennett positively longed for her little boy to behave just like that.
By Shaun Heasley
Funding for special education has fallen in recent years, according to a new report which finds that many school districts are spending less per student today than they did in 2008.
BY PENINA RYBAK
It’s back to school time and that means changes in routine for many students with Autism, especially in Early Childhood special education settings. New federal/state regulations and service delivery mandates, budget cuts, and an increasing emphasis on behavior management means that teamwork and collaboration is in, and “pull out” individual therapy in a vacuum is out. New classrooms, new classmates, new teachers, new therapists, and new schedules can all be potential “triggers” that can cause behavioral issues.
BY MICHAEL DORFMAN
Transportation is one of the most important services a school district is required to provide to students with disabilities under federal and state special education laws.
BY DEBRA ERDLEY, The Pittsburgh Tribune
An emergency room physician from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and three university professors are trying to change the way emergency rooms treat patients with autism, as hospitals begin to feel the effects of an exploding population of patients with the perplexing disorder.
BY MICHELLE DIAMENT
In the largest study of its kind, researchers are reporting that autism may be more closely tied to a handful of other psychiatric disorders than previously thought.