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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development." —Educating Children with Autism, 2001
To promote, support, and advocate for the education of diploma-bound students on the autism spectrum in grades K–12.
We believe in a world where all children on the autism spectrum receive a quality public education from highly trained and empathic teachers and paraeducators who respect and address their unique strengths, challenges, and learning style; where an appropriate education includes direct instruction in social and adaptive skills; where all teachers and staff receive ongoing training and support; and where parents and school staff collaborate to determine appropriate placements, services, and accommodations. We believe that when families, the educational community, and policy makers understand the strengths and challenges of autism, our children will be respected and valued and will receive the education necessary to have a meaningful role in society.
Advocate for educational placements, services, and accommodations and support families in understanding them.
Promote awareness among policy makers about the successes and challenges families and teachers are experiencing in the education system.
Provide opportunities for families to network, exchange ideas, and share their stories.
Encourage self advocacy among children on the autism spectrum.
Disseminate evidence-based educational practices and resources to provide effective instructional programming for students on the autism spectrum.
Promote acceptance in school communities of children on the autism spectrum and foster understanding of their strengths and challenges.
Support school administrators, teachers, and staff by providing opportunities for them to network and exchange ideas.
Improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum in grades K-12.