Parents of specialneeds children want them monitored via video and yet schools and unions protest. Personally, if someone wanted to video me, I have nothing to be ashamed of except that everyone has a bad day and it would be easy to take what is happening in a classroom out of context. If you want any person long enough, you'll find something wrong. I don't, however, see what is wrong with administratorrs filming classrooms and reviewing if necessary.
One in 88 american children are diagnosed with Autism. (1 in every 54 boys) representing a 78% increase in the lat six years and a 1000% increase over the past 40 years.
"The recently released CDC report, which was published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, states that more than 1 percent, or 1 in every 88 children, is diagnosed with autism today, including 1 in 54 boys. This is a 78 percent increase in six years (2002-2008) and a 10-fold (1,000 percent) increase in reported prevalence over the last 40 years. The report uses the same methodology that produced the CDC’s 2009 prevalence findings of 1 in 110 children with autism.
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors.
It is National Autism Awareness month in the US but I have noticed that this has become an international event of sorts with many around the world talking about Autism and bringing awareness. Here is the official page from the autism society with their suggested events and activities.
Remember that although Autism awareness day has passed but the entire month of April is Autism Awareness month. Here are some resources and lesson plans that you can use with your students who have autism.
A collection of resources, lesson plans, and tools to use with those with an autism spectrum diagnosis. There are some great special needs resources from around the world on this website.
A new study of autistic students uncovers ways to help students work through problems, schedules, and activities. This is a must read article for those who work with autistic children
"Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may benefit from verbally learning their daily schedule at school instead of using visual timetables, the common approach."
Here is Sue Basko's site about Liz. One point I want to make here is that it could be that Liz's article did in fact inspire cyberstalking against Sue. It does not, however, mean Liz is a cyberstalker. One person hating Liz also does not mean it is true. There are people who have defended me in situations against those who are unkind but I had nothing to do with it. There is a lot more here than a simple to understand interaction. Also, perhaps, it would have been easier for Sue to say that she was wrong when she got out of field and made inflammatory comments hurting those with autism (saying they were claiming it just to get money --- in a way that was insensitive, in my opinion)
In all of this, as you look at the interaction there is the surface story but also the fact that with social media and thousands of bystanders watching our interactions that such convoluted scenarios will emerge.
Another link in the LA Lawyer vs Liz Ditz story that includes links to those involved. This is much more about digital citizenship than autism.
It is unfortunate that controversy is surrounding autism and yet it is something misunderstood by many. Here is an article on Liz Ditz's blog going back to an issue that arose in December when she quoted a person's Facebook who then denied the posting and accused Liz of hacking the account and writing the comments herself. I am not on the inside of this but am watching as the outcome has implications for my own thoughts of digital citizenship. I am just saddened any time a person is taken of a mission to help others because of flame wars and it doesn't look like this one is going to stop soon. All I know is I have been reading Liz's blog for quite some time and although I don't know her personally, I find the charges leveled against her doubtful from what I do know.
Mildest #autism has 'selective advantages' - another nobel prize winner with #ld http://tinyurl.com/nxsaws
For those who work with those with autism, this is a report on how the iPad helps those with autism communicate.
When the iPad was released earlier this month, reviewers were quick to tout its advantages for reading books, watching movies and browsing the Web. What they overlooked, though, was its potential to change the lives of people with autism.
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