Your Voice Matters Series: Parent’s Perspective On Challenges Her Autistic Child Faces in School

Hear from Bilyana, a mother of an autistic son, discuss her challenges and her advocacy to ensure schools and teachers could better assist her son.

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As a parent, my biggest concerns when a teacher doesn’t have training in autism is the environment that it sets for that autistic child. There is a concern for escalating behavior issues and frustration because there’s a lack of communication and a lack of support. Autistic children understand, they’re very intuitive. When they’re put in an environment where there’s very little patience for them. And so I find that my biggest concern is just trying to acclimate my child to an environment where somebody is standing there before them, and doesn’t doesn’t know what to do.

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My son goes to a school setting, which is a mix of his classes or special education and general education and getting him to that point was a real struggle because it required changing the mindset of the staff and the administration, so that they were open to the capabilities of what there was versus trying to work with their own bias and their initial expectations based on how little they really do on autism. So once we’re able to educate them and advocate for these changes, they were very surprised and impressed at how much progress and autistic child can make when you do offer them into an inclusion setting.
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8 Benefits of Earning an Autism Certification

Educators and healthcare professionals don’t always receive in-depth training specific to autism and other cognitive disorders throughout their education, which is why autism certification can be so helpful for many professionals.

A Certified Autism Specialist  or Autism Certificate credential is meant to help educators and healthcare professionals be better prepared to serve individuals on the autism spectrum in a variety of ways, in turn making them a resource for the individual, families, and co-workers alike. Continue Reading →

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New Partnership Provides More Options For Individuals With Autism

Leading Nonprofit and Certification Board Partner to Expand Reach

Autism is a developmental disability that affects an ever-increasing number of children and adults across the US and the globe. Two of the most influential organizations in this space are now working together to improve the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum. The Autism Society of America and the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) announced  a significant partnership  that will allow the oldest and largest autism grassroots autism organization in the world and the industry leader in training and certification to work together to increase the quality of life and services provided  to individuals on the spectrum. Specifically for families who want to travel or experience attractions but are hesitant due to potential lack of awareness or accommodations, this partnership will further the work already being done by IBCCES and the Autism Society to ensure all families have options.

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What it Means to be “Bad” – The Challenge of Special Needs and Criminal Arrest

By Carol S. Weinman, Esq., C.A.S., International Speaker and Author

“My son really is a good boy. And, now, he thinks he’s bad.” These were the words of a mom who recently witnessed her adult son – with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – in handcuffs.  It got me thinking even more about the unspoken fallout of an ASD individual’s encounter with police. Boys with ASD experience “hits” to their self esteem at a very early age. They feel different, sometimes odd, and often ostracized and misunderstood. Highly vulnerable from a young age, they are more susceptible to the after effects of being arrested, handcuffed or fingerprinted. They transition to adulthood with a compromised sense of self-esteem and self-concept. The impact of being arrested and handcuffed cannot be minimized. It is traumatic for anyone at any age, but for an individual with ASD, it can be even more devastating.

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Autism Training in Law Enforcement and the Call to Action

By Carol S. Weinman, Esq., C.A.S., National Speaker and Author

The willing desire to work together in unraveling the puzzle of autism is growing among law enforcement. The number of calls I receive to present on the topic of autism and police training increases every day. The reason: law enforcement officers want to better understand the complex mindset of those with autism spectrum disorder and more importantly, learn how to interact with them.

Hardly a month goes by anymore when the media isn’t reporting about someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who is arrested or has an unfortunate police encounter. That’s because what appears to be suspicious or criminal activity is behavior characteristic of an individual with ASD. So, how can a police officer know the difference? Well, the first step in prevention of these traumatic incidents among police officers and the ASD community is education.

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Summertime is Here! What’s the Best Camp for Your Child?

Summer is here, and finding the camp for your child can be a daunting task. There are a plethora of options when it comes to summer camps, but how do parents choose what works for their child?

To ensure that your camps are up-to-date with the latest research and information to support your child, it is important that they receive training and certification. Be sure to ask for and check for their credentials. If your child has special needs such as autism, many organizations such as YMCA and even Beaches Resorts Kid’s Camps have received staff-wide training and are designated as Certified Autism Centers through IBCCES. See below for some important considerations when looking for the perfect camp for your little ones this summer.

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