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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

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The high school and college years can pose a number of challenges to young people with autism. These resources are designed to help make education transitions as successful as possible.

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Entitlement vs. Eligibility

This fact sheet provides an explanation of the difference between entitlement for services and eligibility for services. Available in English and Spanish.

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Exploring the Options of a Two- or Four-Year College

This fact sheet provides information for students with disabilities who would like to attend college.

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Extended School Year Services

This guide contains a comprehensive compilation of documents that will provide direction, respond to questions, and guide parents and local education agencies in making determinations about ESY services.

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Formative Assessment: Monitoring the Progress of Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Progress monitoring is the ongoing process of collecting and analyzing data to determine student progress toward attainment of educational goals. This fact sheet, available on the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network's (PaTTAN's) website, outlines the seven steps of progress monitoring.

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Functional Behavioral Assessment

Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a student-centered team process used in instances when behavior negatively impacts a student’s learning or that of the student’s peers. Effective classroom management approaches based on FBA data and embedded within effective instructional design and delivery appropriately address the majority of behavioral issues occurring in classrooms. This brochure provides information about FBA.

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Getting Accommodations at College: Tools for School

This resource provides tips and suggestions on how to request accommodations while in college if you are having trouble due to challenges from a mental health condition.

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Getting Accommodations In College

This resource, developed by ASERT for ASDNext, provides tips and suggestions for individuals with disabilities who may need to request accommodations in college.

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Going to Middle School

Starting middle school is stressful for any student, but the process can be even more challenging for a student on the autism spectrum (ASD) and for his or her parents. Many things will be different. The school will probably be larger, the campus more confusing and the enrollment may be several times greater than in elementary school. The student likely will not know his or her new teachers and, in turn, the teachers might not know anything about the student. The aide, if one is needed and provided, may be a stranger. Many of the students will not know their classmate with ASD. Planning for the transition process will ideally begin several months before the actual transition occurs.

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Guidance and Career Counselors’ Toolkit

This 192 page resource contains answers to counselors' most frequently asked questions about postsecondary opportunities for students with disabilities. Students and their families are encouraged use the toolkit to help guide their transition planning for college and career. Click here to access the Toolkit online. It has been vetted by the U.S. Department of Education.

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How Do I Know if I’m Ready for College?

This resource, developed by ASERT for #ASDNext, provides talking points and questions to consider for someone who is thinking about attending college or post-secondary training.

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I’m A Leader

The goal of this resource is the development of leadership based lesson plans, worksheets, videos, etc. that can be integrated into current classroom activities.

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IDEA Parent Guide

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has created the IDEA Parent Guide to help you become an informed and effective partner with school personnel in supporting your child’s special learning and behavioral needs.

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IEP Tip Sheets

This resource includes Individual Education Plan tip sheets for families for several languages.

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Include Me Resources

Include Me is a new model for the inclusive education and gaining meaningful employment for Pennsylvania’s students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Individual Visual Schedules

This video serves an introduction to establish individual visual schedules in the classroom.

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