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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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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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Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion: Public Policy

Papers that explore the implications of the Olmstead Act, federal rules and regulations with regard to community participation in work and educational settings, and guidebooks for both state and county administrators with regard to promoting community inclusion locally.

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Test Anxiety

This resource developed by ASERT helps individuals identify test anxiety symptoms and helps them offset those symptoms.

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The Difference Between IEPs and 504 Plans

This helpful chart can help you maneuver through the similarities and differences between Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans.

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The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership

GRASP educational and advocacy organization aimed to improve the lives of individuals on the spectrum.

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The Maggie Welby Foundation

The Maggie Welby Foundation is dedicated to serving students in need by providing scholarships ranging from $250 to $2500.

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The National Autism Center’s National Standards Report

This report provides comprehensive information about the level of scientific evidence that exists in support of the many educational and behavioral treatments currently available for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

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The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education

This site provides information about the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) program. This program works to effectively resolve special education disputes while trying to reduce the use of expensive adversarial processes.

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The NEW Revised Annotated IEP

This resource provides information related to the IEP and the requirement of the Pennsylvania Keystone Exam.

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The PA Parent Guide to Special Education for School-Age Children

A parent knows their child better than anyone else and should be able to advocate for services they may need in school. This booklet provides information to parents about certain rules and regulations that are used in education that they may feel more comfortable participating in the educational decision-making process for their child.

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The PaTTAN Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center

PaTTAN's Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center serves as a central location for material production and technical support. It assists LEAs in obtaining specialized formats of instructional materials for eligible students. They are working to ensure that each student is given the materials they need so that they can excel.

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