April is National Autism Acceptance Month
April is Autism Acceptance Month. This is a time to learn about autism
spectrum disorders (ASD) and how they may affect people. It is also the perfect
time to learn about strategies for including children and adults with autism in
a positive and meaningful way. Autism is a developmental disorder that may
impact the way someone learns, communicates, uses their senses, and interacts
with other people. Currently, 1 in 68 children in the United States has a
diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease
control (CDC). Accepting autism means appreciating individuals with ASD as
valued members of our schools and communities.
Autism Movie Night Wednesday, April 6, 2016. For more information Click Here
Resources for explaining Autism to students Click Here
Office of Special Education
Public Schools (APS) provides a continuum of services for students with
disabilities, preschool through high school, found eligible to receive special
education services. Identifying a student as eligible for special education
services is a carefully managed process guided by State and Federal
regulations, as well as APS Special Education policies and procedures (25-4.4).
Evaluations required to make this determination are completed only with parent
student study committees review available information regarding students who
are experiencing problems that adversely affect their education performance.
Students suspected of having a disability are referred for evaluation. An
eligibility committee at the student's school reviews assessment data from
school-based evaluations as well as any information provided by parents to
determine if the student has a disability which requires special education
services. When a student is found eligible for special education services, an Individualized
Education Program (IEP) is developed with the participation of the school
staff, the parents and the student (when appropriate). An IEP is a statement of
the special education and related services that will be provided to the student
which is updated at least annually throughout a student's eligibility for
Office of Special Education provides ongoing support throughout the special
education process for students with disabilities, parents, principals, and
school staff, to include support in the areas of evaluation, identification,
placement, instruction, and transitional services.
Individuals with disabilities are valued members of the
community, entitled to access opportunities which comprise a meaningful and
dignified life. The Office of Special Education (OSE) actively promotes and fosters
inclusion of all students in the school and greater community as a part of a
respectful culture which recognizes the value of individuality.
Education is an integral part of the total education system, not a
separate entity. Special Education enhances the effectiveness of the
school system to meet the needs of all students. Students with
disabilities will be educated in an age appropriate environment with
non-disabled persons to the maximum extent possible. Students should be
served within the regular classroom setting to the degree that is
consistent with meeting the specific needs of each student while providing
an appropriate education and environment for all students. Students
should be provided special education services within their neighborhood or
selected alternative school, unless there is a compelling educational
reason for change in school placement.
regardless of their educational needs, will be a part of their school
community, which will actively promote and foster positive attitudes
toward and full acceptance of all students. Staff will be empowered to
meet the educational needs of all students. Professional development
trainings will be provided to support the learning and professional growth
of school-based staff.
- Parent involvement in the school community will
support the educational success of all students.