Sep 17, 2018 2018-09-17
Research-based Resources for Increasing Awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Autism Science Foundation provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. Visitors to the foundation’s website will find information on early signs of autism, quick facts about autism, science related to autism, and more. They will also find resources for supporting parents and siblings, and transitioning into adulthood, as well as a collection of links to autism toolkits compiled by the National Institutes of Health Office of Autism Research Coordination. The collection covers topics such as health, safety, transitioning, employment, housing, education, and daily living for children and adults.
Curriculum Materials and Programs for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Finding curricular materials for students on the spectrum can be a taxing chore. To facilitate this process, the staff of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) has identified materials that can be used to teach subjects ranging from math to living skills. The IRCA website lists examples of curriculum and programs that classroom teachers will find useful in teaching individuals on the autism spectrum.
Plus: Indiana Department of Education’s Project SUCCESS provides current, research-based resources related to content standards, instructional design, and student outcomes specifically intended to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Among the resources are templates for unpacking and lesson planning; materials for teaching communication and core vocabulary, and academic and assessment vocabulary; as well as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) units.