A growing number of students with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) are educated in general education settings. To support them effectively and maximize their learning potential, it is essential that all school staff fully understand their needs. This complete training package demonstrates the value of using self-evaluation tools to improve services, and includes:Guidance on delivering professional development to ensure inclusive practices schoolwideActivities and case studies to facilitate discussion Discussions of issues related to School Access Plans and the Disability Equality DutyAdvice on useful resources, literature, and Web sitesA CD-ROM with PowerPoint slides Teachers, SENCOs, and management staff in primary and secondary schools will find this an essential training resource.

Creating an ASD-Friendly Environment

Creating an ASD-friendly environment

This section looks at the current trend towards developing practices and environments to be more disability-friendly.

Educational initiatives have looked at creating dyslexia friendliness within schools in the Primary phase (Pavey, 2007) and Autism Cymru's Inclusive schools and ASDs training programme on offer to all 22 Welsh LEAs has, as its subtitle, ‘ASD Friendly schools.’ It would be a fallacy to believe that the validated ‘friendly’ school for any disability has got all of the answers or all of its features right. However, an awareness of important features which is renewed via staff training/meetings is a step in the right direction.

Before attempting to address questions of ASD-friendly environments it must be emphasized that people who live with, work with ...

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