Wrightslaw Conference in Indiana IDEA 2004 & NCLB

Wrightslaw, one of the biggest names in special education advocacy and information, is preparing for the Wrighstlaw Indiana Conference. The theme for the September 18, 2009 conference is IDEA 2004 & NCLB: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You! with Wayne Steedman, Esq. IDEA = Individuals with Disabilities Education Act NCLB = No Child Left Behind This six hour conference will provide parents with the information they need to better advocate for special education services for their children. While this {Read More}

Upcoming Autism Conferences in Mesa, Arizona and NYC

Autism Conferences of America is preparing for two upcoming autism conferences – one in Mesa, Arizona and one in NYC. Back-to-School Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome Conference in Mesa, Arizona This conference will be held at the Mesa Convention Center and feature an opening keynote address by Temple Grandin. Workshops will cover a variety of topics including a discussion of psychiatric medications and an examination of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for autism. Educating & Healing Children with Autism in NYC The {Read More}

Picture Schedules Ease Back to School Transitions

Both of my children started back to school two weeks ago. While both of them have problems with transitions in general, the back to school transition seems to be the most stressful time of the year, especially for my son. One tool that I have found useful in helping to ease back to school transitions is the use of picture schedules. My latest article on Suite 101 is about how picture schedules ease back to school transitions. Here is an {Read More}

The Pathway School and Other Autism Schools in Pennsylvania

My most recent article at Suite101 highlights three autism schools in Pennsylvania: The Comprehensive Learning Center, The Pathway School, and The Vista School. Although the story only includes information about three Pennsylvania autism schools, there are several more in the state. If you’re in Pennsylvania and have experience with one of the state’s autism schools, I’d love to hear what you think. Please leave a comment below or contact me.

BBC Documentary ‘The Autistic Me’ Receives Praise

Commenting on last night’s BBC Three documentary which followed the lives of three young people living with Autism and Asperger syndrome (‘The Autistic Me’, BBC Three, 9pm, 11th August 2009), Lesa Walton – Care & Development Director of specialist Autism care provider Brookdale Care – said today: “The programme makers and especially the three young people living with Autism and Asperger syndrome featured in the documentary are to be congratulated on aiding public understanding of Autism and associated Autistic Spectrum {Read More}

The Chase Academy in Florida

Thanks to a comment on my post Autism Schools in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, and Utah, I have added a new Florida autism school to my site – The Chase Academy. Located in South Daytona, FL (Volusia County), The Chase Academy held a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 5. The school is a private non-profit organization with a mission to “provide educational services specifically tailored to meet the individualized needs of students with high-functioning Autism or any of the related Autism {Read More}