The Home Alone Alliance is pleased to release its first series of family caregiver instructional videos. Developed by Alliance members — the AARP Public Policy Institute and the U.S. Veterans Administration, this initial series, seeks to provide family caregivers of those with mobility challenges simple, concrete instruction on a variety of topics.
Joann Markle, Director, Customer Ombudsman for Hawaiian Electric has informed us that the Public Utilities Commission issued Decision and Order No. 34467 approving the Companies’ proposed Special Medical Needs Pilot Program (Transmittal No. 17-01) earlier this week. The program shall take effect on April 1, 2017, with a sunset date ofMarch 31, 2019, and will be available to the first 2,000 eligible customers. The application form will be available on the Companies’ website on April 1st,and the links to the programs (please note that these links will be up on April 1st) are as follows:
Using Evidence-Based Practices for Learners with ASD – Five Free Online Modules http://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/afirm-modules
Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM), an extension of the National Professional Development Center (NPDC) on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), has released five free online modules focused on how practitioners can use evidence-based practices for learners with ASD. Each module includes case examples that demonstrate the practice in use, a multimedia presentation of content with audio and video clips, interactive assessments, and free professional development certificates. Currently, five modules are available and additional modules are on the way.
Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators – Free Online Module http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/asd1/
The IRIS Center has released a free online module, Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators (August 2015), which provides information on the early warning signs of ASD, the difference between a medical diagnosis and an educational determination of ASD, the strengths and needs of children with ASD, key team members, how family members might be affected, and strategies teachers can use when working with children with ASD. It includes video examples, practice vignettes, and recorded interviews. For example, see this interview with Ilene Schwartz, who discusses strategies teachers can use in early childhood settings to promote the success of a child with ASD.
The Curriculum in a Box is a comprehensive professional development program designed to provide middle and high school teachers with the knowledge and evidence-based strategies needed to support their students with autism in the general education classroom.
The Kit for Kids program is designed to teach elementary and middle school students about their peers with autism. The kit is centered around an illustrated booklet entitled “What’s Up with Nick?”. This colorful, kid-friendly booklet tells the story about a new student, a boy with autism named Nick, through the eyes of a typical peer. The story teaches children that students with autism may think differently or need some accommodations, but all students are of equal worth and should be treated as such.You can use this program to increase awareness of autism among students from grades K-8. With greater knowledge of autism, our youth will learn to see the person first rather than focus on a classmate’s disability. By increasing students’ acceptance of differences, the Kit for Kids creates a more inclusive classroom and overall sense of community.
September 20, 2014
The consultant group L&M Policy Research prepared a report for the Centers on Medicare & Medicaid that details state-level services and supports for children and adults on the autism spectrum. You can download it here. To read about services available in Hawaii, scroll to page 83.