The Autism Education Site Recommended by

I just came across this post, 50 Blogs You Should Bookmark for Autism Awareness Month, and The Autism Education Site was one of the blogs featured. There are literally thousands of autism-related blogs out there and so I was excited to see my site’s inclusion on this list and I had to share it with you, my readers. Thank you for your support! ~ Melissa ~

Chicago Autism Summit – June 2011


The following information was posted in a comment but I wanted to dedicate a post to it as people in the Chicago area may want to attend this event. A Child’s Brain: Using Neuroanatomy to Improve Assessment and Intervention in Autism, Asperger’s and PDD

A Parents’ Guide to Extended School Year Services


A Parents’ Guide to Extended School Year Services By Marie Jackson Images of long summer days filled with picnics, swimming, walks on the beach, and fun-filled family outings start filling everyone’s head this time of year, as winter recedes and the sun shines longer each day. There is something so comforting about knowing that soon the demands of school schedules, homework, meetings and therapies will cease and life will take on a different quality. Less hurried, less pressured. Soon it {Read More}

Water Safety: The Ultimate Life Skill


Excerpt reprinted with permission from Autism Asperger’s Digest, July/August 2010 issue. According to the National Autism Association, drowning is the #1 cause of injury-related deaths in children with an autism spectrum disorder. In 2005, 14 children with ASD died from drowning, when these children wandered off and were attracted to the water. Children with ASD do not fear “death” the way we do. At early ages, they do not understand the finality of death nor are they afraid of {Read More}

Take the IDEA National Survey


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal legislation that governs special education services in schools, including Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). While IDEA isn’t specific to children with autism, many children with autism are receiving services protected by IDEA. IDEA was last reauthorized in 2004 and it is expected that another reauthorization will be coming in the next year or two. In preparation for this reauthorization, several organizations have joined forces to sponsor the IDEA National Survey.

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training in Roanoke, VA

Learn more about IEPs, special education law, extended school years, least restrictive environment (LRE) and more at the Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training in Roanoke, Virginia. Conference Dates: May 20, 2011 Conference Location: Roanoke, VA Conference Venue: Sheraton Roanoke Conference Center Speakers: Wayne Steedman Conference Topics: Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc. Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment/Mainstreaming/Inclusion, Private Placements, Statewide Assessments Understanding Test and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard {Read More}