Better preparation for community organizations to serve youth and families with autism, from Autism Speaks

This came straight from the website of Autism Speaks:

“Unfortunately, boys and girls with autism often face barriers to participating fully in youth community organizations. And so with help from respected experts in the field of autism and special education, experienced parents and caregivers, we have created Leading the Way: Autism-Friendly Youth Organizations, a guide for organizations to ensure that youth with autism have the same formative experiences through community programs that are available to their typical peers.

The purpose of this guide is to better prepare community organizations to serve youth and families with autism. The information will help organizations learn to integrate youth with autism into existing programs, communicate with parents, and train their staff.”

Click here to download Leading the Way: Autism-Friendly Youth Organizations Guide. You can also download individual sections at the links below:

Introduction
About Autism: What You Need to Know
Inclusion: Leading the Way in Access for Everyone
Getting Started: Leading the Way to an Autism-Friendly Inclusive Environment
People and Places: Creating an Environment for Success
Strategies for Success: Supporting Learning and Growth in Youth with Autism

And straight from Eden Transition Alliance: Reminder of opportunity this Saturday, 8/4

Parents of  kids who have IEPs are welcome to come to Biggby 6439 S. Cedar, Lansing, Michigan, 9 to 11 AM, to share successes and concerns before the new school year. Watch this space…we may do this again before Labor Day.

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