January 17, 2012

The right resources support students with autism – and their parents

We applaud the launch of MyAutismTeam.com, a social networking site for parents of children with autism. The new resource for parents is receiving lots of great media coverage, including stories in The Washington Post and Time magazine. The site already has thousands of members seeking to connect and share experiences, information and recommendations.

In the press release announcing the launch, Eric Peacock, CEO and founder of MyAutismTeam says, “Parents of kids with autism constantly worry whether they are doing enough, or are doing the right things to help their children thrive. The one thing we’ve learned from parents is that it can take years to build the right team to help your child. We focus on making it easy for parents to learn from others who have been in their shoes, so they don’t have to start from scratch when looking for providers that are highly recommended.”

Parents of children with autism have to work so hard for their children throughout their lives, and when a family has the right support team, both kids and parents benefit. That’s why we’ve designed The Achieve Degree to focus on the same priorities parents have: making their children independent and productive and providing them with an education that is both academic and practical.

When parents get their children to the point of being able to attend college, it can be terribly disheartening for everyone if the campus or commuter experience proves too difficult. Often, they are forced to give up on a college education, which may leave them feeling as though they have to start again from scratch in determining what comes next.

At Sage, however, we support these parents and students by offering an alternative: an online bachelor’s degree program with built-in mentorship, life labs and accommodations in both instruction and assessment. We’re pleased to have the opportunity to support parents and students working so hard to succeed in higher education!

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