“We Need To Expand Teacher Training Programs That Teach About The Autism Spectrum” With Dr. Amy Davies Lackey

Yitzi Weiner
Aug 6, 2018 · 9 min read
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…Expanding services for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. With one in every 68 children being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, this is a growing population. The higher the quality of education and support services that we provide at an early age, the more independent these students will be as they reach adulthood. Funding for these programs is critical.

Expanding teacher training programs that focus on severe learning and behavior disorders. The autism spectrum is just that- a spectrum, which means that there are many individuals with vastly different repertories and skills sets. We continue to need teachers have the appropriate training and experience to work directly with individuals with intensive learning and behavior challenges. Having an appropriate education can make all the difference for students who demonstrate these challenges in being able to participate in their community, family life and even to gain and sustain employment.

Expanding support programs to families of students with autism and related disabilities. Another area of critical need is the provision of parent education and respite programs for families. As the population of students with autism has expanded, families need education and respite opportunities so that they have the training to support their child beyond the school doors- whether in the evenings, on weekends, holidays or even into adulthood. Providing these resources proactively will allow students to better access activities of family and community life more independently.

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Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film…

Yitzi Weiner

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A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator

Authority Magazine

Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

Yitzi Weiner

Written by

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator

Authority Magazine

Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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