In conjunction with World Autism Day earlier this month many recognizable locations went blue including Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and the White House. The White House participated in “Light It Up Blue” by displaying blue lights on the exterior walls of the White House. President Trump stated “My administration is committed to promoting greater knowledge of ASDs and encouraging innovation that will lead to new treatments and cures for autism." Trump’s comments in reference to curing autism noticeably upset self-advocates and the disability community in general, including the Council for Exceptional Children, due to his focus on a cure and not awareness and solutions to foster better outcomes for individuals with ASD.
This year's United Nations theme for World Autism Awareness is: "Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination." For the month of April, advocates for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from around the globe will be working hard to increase awareness about ASD and promoting this theme. CEC works all year long to bring the latest research and the most cutting-edge strategies to special educators striving to improve educational and life outcomes for students with ASD.
Our Prism Collection, which was developed specifically for this purpose by CEC's Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, offers evidence-based, research-to practice strategies for use in the classroom, home, and community. Individual resources will help teachers:
- Promote inclusion
- Differentiate instruction
- Improve behavior
- Teach social skills
- Deliver a real-world curriculum
With the Prism Collection, you'll have what you need to build the academic, social, and life skills students with ASD need to live autonomous and self-determined lives.