Resources for National Autism Awareness Month

April 2014, Volume 37, Issue 8

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control, autism diagnoses are up 30 percent in the past two years. With 1 in 68 children having autism, it’s more important than ever for school leaders to understand how to educate students on the autism spectrum.

Principal magazine’s five-part Unlocking Autism series arms principals with tools to support learners on the autism spectrum. Discover more about autism through these articles, and others from the Principal archives:

What Parents Want Principals to Know About Autism by Melanie Bloom
A parent-teacher explains why students with autism must be treated as individuals.

Positive Behavior Supports for Students With Autism by Janet Fisher
Find out the needs of students with autism to keep them in class and out of the principal’s office.

A Guide to Making the Autism Puzzle Fit by Sheila Wagner
Students on the autism spectrum disorder can succeed in schools when principals set the standard for training, tolerance, and support.

Ten to Teen: Open Doors for Autism by Betty Berger
Successful inclusion relies on preparing before the child arrives at school.

Finding a Voice by Shannon Stuart
Inexpensive mobile technology is helping students with autism spectrum disorder to communicate and learn.

Visit the Autism Society for more on National Autism Awareness Month.

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