by Dana Reinecke, PhD, BCBA-D
Assistant Professor and Chair, Center for Applied Behavior Analysis, The Sage Colleges
As you probably are aware, April is Autism Awareness Month. The effects on my life include an increase in puzzle pieces and blue pictures on …
Noting that Washington state public schools have seen a 430 percent increase in its number of students with autism spectrum disorders, http://kuow.org/ (a Seattle-based news site) published a 3-part series called “Coming Of Age With Autism.”
Autism Support Network has published Planning for your child’s future, a feature article by Dr. Ernst Vanberjeijk and Dr. Paul Cavanagh about how to prepare students with autism not only for the academic rigors of college but also the “independent living, social and vocational skills.” The pair of authors stresses nine areas of focus for parents, but two key themes emerge in each: constant planning – and an early start.
Jordan White, a computer science major with autism, works with his college’s “disAbled Student Support Services” program, which offers support that Jordan’s father calls “crucial.” Jordan is part of a growing trend, as more and more students with autism pursue higher education.