April is Autism Awareness Month, and Apple is marking the occasion by posting a digital art gallery of works created by artists on the autism spectrum. The project, which is curated by the nonprofit Art of Autism, is being unveiled over the course of the month. “Created on iPadGallery” features the work of 15 artists from the autistic community who hail from across the US and Canada. The participants have differing abilities and are different ages. In addition to sharing the work of these artists, teachers and parents can tap these free programs to support educating children with autism and other special needs:
Home Curriculum for Early Autism Education
Media to Help Children with Autism and Visual Impairment or Hearing Loss
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
When a young child has autism, screening for hearing loss and visualimpairment can be difficult. A number of resources are available to help families and professionals work together to appropriately screen these children and address their special needs effectively. These include explanations of autism-like behaviors, an online webinar series exploring multidisciplinary perspectives on these disorders, suggestions for writing measurable IEP goals, and a video of revealing moments of children with Asperger’s syndrome and their parents
Many resources are available to help students transition from school to work or college, although most do not take into account the unique experiences students who are deaf or hard of hearing encounter in choosing a college and/or a career. Map It: What Comes Next? is a free online curriculum module for use with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.