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Autism Spectrum Disorders
Today I had the great good fortune to work with fifty special educators, administrators, regular classroom teachers, parents, specialists, and others interested in helping students with special needs succeed in the classroom and in life. The workshop was held at the Regency Hotel in Portland, Maine, a beautiful setting (on a lovely day) for exploring a...
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I’m seriously concerned that the schools aren’t doing enough (change that:  aren’t doing anything!) to prepare students on the autism spectrum for a range of careers that are beginning to open up for them in the workplace.  So much of recent educational ”reform” has been about preparing our students to be college and career-ready.  If this...
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The October 8, 2013 online edition of the Wall Street Journal included an article entitled ”Training Program Helps Students With Autism Land Jobs” by Carolyn Geer.   In the article, Ms. Geer examines how training programs for students identified as autistic are now starting to focus on their strengths, and are matching strengths to workplace needs...
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This week, a new daily online publication has appeared that promises to be a magnificent porthole into the wide world of neurodiversity, autism, creativity, and the arts.  The Art of Autism online newsletter officially launched on September 10, 2013, and immediately received a ”shout-out” on Twitter from the person that I consider the ”godfather of neurodiversity,”...
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I just finished watching a PBS documentary (part of the POV series) entitled ”Neurotypical”that focused on the lives of a number of people at different stages of life who have been diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s syndrome.  I thought the show was a beautiful depiction of the lives of these individuals;  their hopes, fears, loves,...
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