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Autism Curriculum during Covid-19

Mar 23, 2020

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Educating Children with Autism During COVID-19 School Closures

With the widespread school closures creating a situation where many families are facing the unexpected challenge of educating and engaging children with autism or other special needs at home, Stages Learning Materials is offering a free Autism Curriculum Kit to support families during COVID-19 school closures.

Assistive Technology

Feb 03, 2020

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SPOTLIGHT! On Using Assistive Technology to Build Independence

Every student, regardless of ability, can communicate, engage in learning, and show measurable progress. Creating a classroom environment that offers a variety of accessible classroom-ready solutions will provide opportunities to increase communication, social skills, and problem-solving skills while building independence. To help in that effort, AbleNet invites teachers to sign up online for a free, downloadable assistive technology ideas guide.

audio translation of visual media

Oct 15, 2019

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Contest to Describe the Benefits of Audio Description in Education

The American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ACB-ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are cosponsoring the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) contest, an opportunity for young people, aged 7 to 21, who are blind and visually impaired to win prizes for themselves and their teacher, as well as recognition for their school.

coding careers for people with autism

Oct 15, 2019

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SPOTLIGHT! On Coding for Children with Autism

Learning to code is about learning how to solve problems, work with others in creative ways, and think in a new language. Teaching children with autism employs the same skills—creating logical connections, breaking tasks into smaller parts and sequencing them—but it is also much more. Teaching children with autism to code is teaching them the thinking skills they need to address the challenges they face in their everyday lives—to frame their thoughts, to prompt them through routines, and more.

Autism Coding Academy
Coding Autism is building the first autism-specialized coding academy, pairing online coding education, community, and an autism-savvy support team to help transition autistic talent into the technology workforce.

Coding Guide for Children on the Spectrum
Coding for Kids with Autism: The Ultimate Guide for Parents and Educators offers answers to some of the most common questions the authors have encountered while operating a successful coding school serving hundreds of children on the autism spectrum.

Critical learning and development

Aug 15, 2019

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SPOTLIGHT! On Executive Function and Self-Regulation

Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice.

Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence is a 16-page guide provided as a free download by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

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