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Best practices for autism acceptance & inclusion
June 27, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT$40.00
At present, the CDC estimates the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) as 1 in every 68 children. In other words, if you work with youth, the odds are that you’ve likely encountered youth with autism in your program or classroom! This has left many youth workers asking important questions: what is autism? How do we best incorporate and support these youth? And how do we design programs, classrooms, and events that are inclusive to all forms of neurodiversity?
This training will provide an overview of autism, including common strengths and challenges. Participants will learn tips for communication, behavior management, role modeling proper social etiquette, and encouraging active participation for youth with autism. Participants will learn practical tips on enhancing the ability of organizations and programs to be more inclusive of individuals with autism.
About the presenter: Steve Slowinski has been working at PYD since early 2012. He has a B.A. from Gettysburg College in a self-created major focusing on youth with special needs, and he recently completed a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at Boston University.
Steve has worked with youth with disabilities for the past 10+ years. In college, he spent a semester in Denmark studying their child care practices for children with disabilities. He has also interned with the child life team at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and has volunteered for many years as a camp counselor and mentor to youth with disabilities.
Become a member to get full access to 30+ hours of disability & inclusion training:
- 10 take-at-your-own-pace online courses
- Monthly live webinars and recordings of previously held sessions
- PDF guidebooks and resources
- Self-assessments for individuals and organizations
- Professional Development (PDPs) for Massachusetts teachers