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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 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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Preparing to Experience College Living

High school students on the spectrum are accustomed to the natural supports they receive from their family, their school and their community. Relatives, friends and community members often offer accommodations and support without even realizing it. In addition, federal law such as IDEIA (Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act) mandates a free and appropriate public education for every child with a disability, and every student with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) receives individual support services. But these supports disappear when students with ASD enter college and encounter new academic and daily living challenges.

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Preparing Your Child for the College Application Process

As you prepare to brave the elements of AP exams, swirl in the whirlpool of ACT and/or SAT college admissions and subject tests, traverse the canyons of application deadline options, and stand knee deep in college application essays, you must also prepare to ensure a continuation of your child’s reasonable accommodations (“academic adjustments”) and auxiliary aids and services in college. While this process may appear daunting, the following tips can help make navigating it smoother.

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Procrastination in College

Many people procrastinate when it comes to school. All of the work can be difficult to keep up with. The academic demands of college are often heavier than in high school, and procrastinating can lead to serious academic problems. Here are several tips and tricks to help you learn to reduce procrastinating and be successful in college.

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Project MAX

Project MAX strives to implement an evidence-based professional development that focuses on building capacity of LEAs and intermediate units (IUs) to provide students with complex instructional needs with access to and learning of grade level academic standards.

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Resource Guide for Charter Schools and Cyber Charter Schools

This guide from the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) is intended as one resource for charter schools and cyber charter schools in meeting the requirements of IDEA and Chapter 711 for school-age students.

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Resources for a Newly Diagnosed Individual

This collection of resources is designed to help families who have a family member who was recently diagnosed with autism.

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Secondary Transition

The transition service requirements of IDEA 2004 recognize that education can improve the post-school outcomes of students with disabilities by doing a better job of preparing students and their families for the complexities of the adult world.

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Special Education During COVID-19

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information about Special Education laws and how they apply to school shutdowns and home schooling as a result of COVID-19.

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Special Education Services in PA

Ensuring access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania.

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Speech Language Services

This website from PaTTAN, provides an overview of Speech Language Services available to students as well as resources for speech language pathologists, families, IEP teams, and administrators.

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Standards Aligned Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

An accompanying resource to aid in the training process of the Standards Aligned Individualized Education Program (IEP).

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Students with Autism: Online Resources & Support

This website, part of the Student Training & Education in Public Service (STEPS) website, provides information and resources on education. This guide was developed by an individual with autism.

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Teachers’ Desk Reference: Preparing for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team Meeting

Teachers are integral members of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team and may be responsible to lead activities related to planning and gathering information for the IEP meeting. This Teachers’ Desk Reference provides information to assist teachers in following established timelines and procedures. This publication also offers tips to help teachers organize preparation tasks that result in sound IEPs that meet state and federal regulations. This resource is available on the website of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN).

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Teaching Students with Autism: Guide for Educators

This resource, developed by the National Education Association (NEA), provides a brief summary of how K-12 educators might think differently about students with autism, capitalize on their strengths, provide supports to address their challenges, and facilitate positive social relationships among students with and without autism.

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Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion: Education

These resources focus on the effectiveness of 'supported education' programming, as well as guidebooks and trainers' guides for individuals with mental illnesses who want to return to school to continue or complete their education.

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