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September 2011

Welcome Back to School!

It’s that time of year!! As students across the Commonwealth head back to school, don’t forget that VCU-ACE is here to help! We offer a host of professional development activities online and free of charge! Whether you are an administrator looking for staff training options or an individual wanting to add tools to your toolbag, check out what VCU-ACE has to offer! Please share this information with your colleagues and administrators! Here’s to an exciting and productive 2011-2012 school year!


Registration is Now Open for our Online Courses, “Foundations of ASD” and “Educating Students with ASD”

Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder” is a four week course, designed to provide participants with an understanding of the primary and secondary characteristics of ASD, sensory processing differences, comorbid disabilities, learning styles, and more. It is excellent for anyone interested in learning more about autism spectrum disorders, including parents, family members, educators, therapists, service providers, and medical professionals. The next offering of this course runs from November 14 to December 9.

Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder” is a ten week course, designed to provide teachers, related service providers, paraprofessionals, administrators, families, and other service providers skills and knowledge needed to support students with an ASD in the school setting. Participants will be provided information on the development and implementation of IEP’s, educational modifications and accommodation, and evidence based strategies for academic and behavioral support, such as environmental modifications, visual supports, reinforcement, prompting, shaping, chaining, and task analysis. The next offering of this course runs from October 10 to December 19.

Both courses are free to citizens of the Commonwealth, but enrollment is limited, so register now!


Commonwealth Autism Services and VCU-ACE Provides Training on ASD to School Administrators

Commonwealth Autism Services is collaborating with VCU-ACE to provide training to school administrators on autism spectrum disorders. The training is on the characteristics of ASD and the evidence based interventions and supports for this group of students. Assistant principals, principals, and even assistant superintendents have attended the training. So far, the training has been delivered to Region 3 and the Northern Neck Regional Program and also Region 4 and Arlington Public Schools. Two additional trainings will be provided in September in Regions 2 and 7. If you are an administrator in either of these 2 regions and would like to attend, please contact VCU-ACE.


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