Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Age Data for Montana Students with Autism

A note on the 2017 data: The OPI made a change in 2017 Child Count procedures. In previous years, the Child Count included ONLY students with autism who had an IEP in effect in the online IEP system on the first Monday in October. In 2017, this date was changed to include students who had an IEP in effect on the first Monday in October AND students who had an IEP in effect in September but whose IEP may have not have been in effect on the first Monday in October due to re-scheduled meetings. These student were still receiving special education services, but would not have been counted in previous Child Counts.

Other Data for Montana Students with Autism

Data for Montana Native American Students with Autism



Sunday, June 17, 2018

Study: Drivers With Autism Just As Good As Other Motorists

Drivers with autism were more likely to exhibit varying speeds and trouble with lane management especially when the conditions were challenging — like in a construction zone — or in cases where the driver was distracted by the radio or conversation, the study found.
However, these difficulties were predominately seen in those learning to drive who did not yet have a license. Among study participants who already had a driver’s license, researchers found no significant differences in performance between those with and without autism.
Researchers behind the current study said their findings suggest that more individually-tailored driving instruction may be beneficial in helping people with autism prepare.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Leading the Way: Autism-Friendly Youth Organizations

Unfortunately, boys and girls with autism often face barriers to participating fully in youth community organizations. And so with help from respected experts in the field of autism and special education, experienced parents and caregivers, we have created Leading the Way: Autism-Friendly Youth Organizations, a guide for organizations to ensure that youth with autism have the same formative experiences through community programs that are available to their typical peers.
The purpose of this guide is to better prepare community organizations to serve youth and families with autism. The information will help organizations learn to integrate youth with autism into existing programs, communicate with parents, and train their staff.
Click here to download Leading the Way: Autism-Friendly Youth Organizations Guide. You can also download individual sections at the links below: