Autism

Student Well-Being Autism Amid Uncertainty: Expert Advice for Parents and Teachers
A leading autism researcher and former special education teacher offers advice to help students cope with the abrupt changes brought on by the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Corey Mitchell, April 22, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Autistic School Board Member Pushes for Inclusion, Understanding
Schools are "still dealing with the belief that children [with disabilities] can't be educated with their peers," says Nicki Vander Meulen, an autistic school board member in Madison, Wis.
Corey Mitchell, February 19, 2020
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Special Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of short news stories from this week.
January 21, 2020
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Student Logan Patterson, 18, center, gives Kristen Powell, left, a high-five after using a virtual reality headset at the Technical College High School Pennock’s Bridge Campus in West Grove, Pa. The manufacturer of the device aims to help people with autism prepare for real-life encounters.
Student Logan Patterson, 18, center, gives Kristen Powell, left, a high-five after using a virtual reality headset at the Technical College High School Pennock’s Bridge Campus in West Grove, Pa. The manufacturer of the device aims to help people with autism prepare for real-life encounters.
Hannah Yoon for Education Week
Special Education Students With Autism Get Virtual Reality Lessons in How to Interact With Police
A new program uses VR simulations to help students with autism spectrum disorder practice what to do when they encounter law enforcement. But some say it’s the police who need the training.
Sarah Schwartz, October 22, 2019
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Special Education Five Top Technology Trends in Special Education
Fueled by technological advances, policy changes, and pressure from advocates, companies and researchers craft new tools and strategies to serve students with disabilities.
Benjamin Herold, December 4, 2018
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Benjamin Morin, 8, second from left, has a meal with his mother and father, Amanda and Jon Morin, and his brother Jacob Lewis at their home in Scarborough, Maine. Both boys are what is known as “twice exceptional” students, with disabilities and high academic skills.
Benjamin Morin, 8, second from left, has a meal with his mother and father, Amanda and Jon Morin, and his brother Jacob Lewis at their home in Scarborough, Maine. Both boys are what is known as “twice exceptional” students, with disabilities and high academic skills.
Sarah Rice for Education Week
Special Education Parents Wield Online Tools to Advocate for Children With Disabilities
Once isolated, parents are using social media and the internet to find information and communities to assure their children get the services they need.
Sasha Jones, December 4, 2018
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Jack Bradley is an 18-year-old high school student who is gifted in math and taking college-level courses. He also has autism and other disabilities.
Jack Bradley is an 18-year-old high school student who is gifted in math and taking college-level courses. He also has autism and other disabilities.
Pat McDonogh for Education Week
Special Education Opinion A Special Education Student Speaks: I Navigate 'Parallel Universes'
Jack Bradley spends half his school day in a resource room and the other half in AP classes. He says the system often fumbles in dealing with "twice exceptional" students like him.
Jack Bradley, December 4, 2018
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School & District Management Autism Prevalence Up Sharply in Latest National Monitoring Report
About 1 in 58 children in 11 monitoring sites across the nation have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the latest figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Christina A. Samuels, April 26, 2018
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Special Education Opinion The Challenge of Leading in a Profession Where Labels Matter
The difficulty lies in mediating the arbitrary, but important landmark standards, and the variability of children's readiness to meet them without the adults using labels to separate.
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers, April 10, 2018
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Personalized Learning Opinion Do Students Understand What Teachers Are Asking of Them?
Guest blogger Jacob Lewis says, "I think sometimes the manner of communication creates a disconnect between teachers and students. There's no way language can communicate what it's like to think with my brain or to view an idea or concept exactly the way I do."
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers, February 13, 2018
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Special Education Autism Insurance Mandates Expand Access to Treatment, At Substantial Cost
A study finds that children in states where private insurers must pay for autism treatment access services at a greater rate, and at a larger cost, than children in states not subject to such mandates.
Christina A. Samuels, November 1, 2017
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Special Education Opinion To Teachers Who Worry That My Brother Is in Their Class
People assume kids with disabilities are all the same. They often see us as intentionally disruptive, rude and a hindrance to other kids' learning. This is not true.
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers, September 28, 2017
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks with members of the media last month in Washington.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks with members of the media last month in Washington.
Alex Brandon/AP
Special Education DeVos Invested More Money in 'Brain Performance' Company, Despite Weak Evidence
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently invested as much as $5.5 million in Neurocore, a company that experts say makes questionable claims based on weak scientific evidence.
Benjamin Herold, August 7, 2017
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Special Education Video Three Ways Teachers Can Support Kids With Autism
A psychologist explains practical ways teachers can support children with autism.
April 10, 2017
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