Autism Awareness Month Resources for All Classrooms

Step Up For Students Teacher Resources for Success

In honor of National Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, this month’s post highlights resources to support the success and acceptance of unique learners in your classroom. We hope you will use these resources throughout the year!

Person First Language

A disability does not define an individual! Identify the individual first rather than the disability. Explore the resources below to learn more about person first language and be sure to adopt this practice in your classroom and your everyday life.

Social Stories

Social stories are a great way to explain simple concepts or experiences with visuals. This is a great tool to use BEFORE a student experiences something. If a teacher knows a fire drill is taking place soon, she can review a fire drill social story to prepare the students.

Visual Tools & Symbols

Visual tools are a great way to promote functional communication.  The resources below offer options to use for visual schedules, social stories, behavior charts, etc. Both resources offer functional graphics that are simple to interpret.

Puzzle Piece Project Tool Kit

It is important for all students to understand and accept people with autism! Autism Speaks created the Puzzle Piece Project to increase the understanding and acceptance of students with autism in all grade levels.

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Resources for Accommodations in the Classroom and FREE One-Day Teacher Summit through ASU!

Step Up For Students Teacher Resources for Success

Happy New Year Teachers! As we begin 2021, we wanted to tackle the often overlooked topic of accommodations. This month’s resources will help you access, select, and implement accommodations for students with unique abilities in your classroom.

Here are ten resources to assist with accessing, selecting, and implementing accommodations for the students in your classroom:

  1. This document published by the Florida DOE in 2010 aims to assist school district personnel and parents when making decisions about the use of accommodations by students with disabilities in instructional situations. View the slightly shorter updated version of the manual here.
  2. Check out the Center for Parent Information and Resources webpage, dedicated to, “Supports, Modifications and Accommodations” for students with disabilities.
  3. Explore this webpage from providing some common accommodations and modifications that schools and families can discuss as possible options.
  4. Click here to look through the SmartKids with Learning Disabilities website providing examples of Accommodations and Modifications available to students with disabilities.
  5. Watch this video from the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center illustrating how to implement accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities.
  6. Explore the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) webpage dedicated to accommodations for students with disabilities in High School.
  7. Click here to find the Texas A & T Faculty Resource Guide promoting access for students with disabilities.
  8. Us this helpful document published by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities through the U.S. Department of Education on Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.
  9. Check out these test taking tips for students with learning disabilities developed by Super Duper®
  10. To explore diagnostic, instruction, and technology support services check out the Florida Diganostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) website.

Free One-Day Teacher Summit with Professional Development Credit from Arizona State University:

REMOTE K12: The Connected Teacher Summit, hosted by ASU is a free, one-day virtual event to be held on January 9, 2021 to help K-12 educators deliver better online and blended learning experiences. Learn and network with educators from across the country who will share learning techniques and insights on assessment, collaboration, instructional design, innovation amid adversity, instructor presence, self-care and wellness, student engagement and more. Click here to learn more and sign up for Free!

Free Building Inclusive Schools Professional Development options through Step Up for Students:

All trainings are FREE thanks to support from Step Up For Students and our generous donors.

  • Foundations of an Inclusive Community (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • Is Your School Anti-Racist? (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • LGBTQ Culturally Competent Best Practices (De Palazzo – Equality Florida)

Click here  to learn more about the content of these trainings. Click here to register.

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