Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Why Autistic Students Need Autistic Role Models

Karla's ASD Page

Monday, July 28, 2014

Transitioning from PECS to SGDs - Training video and Workshop Registration

  Transitioning from the Picture Exchange Communication System to Speech-Generated Devices workshop registration:

PECSAlso, PECS to SGDS - Transition video is available via PECS   Official YouTube Channel of Pyramid Educational Consultants, the Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS®) and the Pyramid Approach to Education®. Internationally acclaimed workshops, consulting services and products designed to enhance the lives of individuals with autism and related developmental disabilities.



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PECS to SGDs - Guidelines & Recommendations

We’ve just released a document outlining our position, guidelines and recommendations for a successful transition from PECS to a speech generating device (SGD)! Go to to read the document. For more information about transitioning from PECS to SGDs attend our new full day talk, Transitioning from PECS to SGDs.
For more information or to host this training contact us at or 888-732-7462.


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BACB Now Accepting Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Applicants

The IEP Process: Related Services | Pyramid Parent Talk

New State Law for Students with Disabilities

Act 833 of 2014 - Alternative Pathways for Grade Promotion and Graduation

- What is Act 833 of 2014?

- Introductory PowerPoint on Act 833

- Frequently Asked Questions about Act 833

- Additional Information on Act 833


 "Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

Friday, July 25, 2014

Parental Social Isolation and Autism

Autism and Parental IsolationA common problem amid the parents that are raising autistic children is social isolation. Whether it be our friends leaving us after our child’s diagnosis or us personally isolating ourselves in order to simply cope with our child’s disorder. Parents are inclined to forget how important it is to be social, to interact with our peers.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Startup Hires People On Autism Spectrum

Two MIT Grads Founded A Startup That Almost Exclusively Employs People On The Autism Spectrum

Mark Leslie is a capable computer programmer who speaks four languages, but until recently the latest entry on his résumé was a retail job he held for six years at a Barnes & Noble in New York City.

Like many of the estimated 1.5 million Americans on the autism spectrum, Leslie, who has Asperger's syndrome, is at a disadvantage in traditional office environments. There, he could run into unplanned social interactions that can cause anxiety or risk reporting to a boss ill-equipped to communicate with someone on the spectrum.

But a year and a half ago, Leslie found a better work situation at a software-testing firm, ULTRA Testing, a company that not only accommodates his condition but was created with the specific intention of hiring people on the autism spectrum.

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ULTRA Testing cofounder Rajesh Anandan hopes to grow his team of testers to at least 250 in the next three years.
ULTRA Testing was founded in 2012 by a pair of former MIT roommates, Rajesh Anandan and Art Shectman.
Read more:

Startup Hires People On Autism Spectrum - Business Insider


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Medicaid for Kids with Autism

CMCS Informational Bulletin
 - Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism

In response to increased interest and activity with respect to services available to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), CMS is providing information on approaches available under the federal Medicaid program for providing services to eligible individuals with ASD.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

DATE: July 7, 2014

FROM: Cindy Mann, Director Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services
We hope this information is helpful. If you have questions please send them to


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Complete Adult Medical Survey or Final Autism subtype survey for an iPad drawing

ipadParents & Caregivers Urged to Complete Updated ARI E-2 Survey to Identify Autism Subtypes

 Participate in Research that Makes a Difference.  Complete Updated  E-2 Survey by July 31st for a chance to win an iPad. Submit Autism Research Institute's survey by 10 p.m. PDT, July 30th  

Who: Chief Investigator Steve M. Edelson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Autism Research Institute.
What: Comprehensive, consent-based online survey.  The
survey is online at:
Purpose: (1) To corroborate previous research on subtyping autism and (2) to determine, based on parent responses, possible underlying causes and the effectiveness of various interventions in relation to each subtype. 

Compensation: Participants who complete the entire survey will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to ARI's science newsletter, the Autism Research Review International. In addition, participants will be entered in a contest to win an Apple iPad. Note: one entry per individual with ASD.   

Once the data has been collected and analyzed, we will send a summary report to all of the participants. If we do replicate our previous findings, we will also inform each participant to which subgroup their son or daughter belongs to.

International - this study is open to participants worldwide.  
When: Data collection is ongoing, but the final iPad drawing for the Updated ARI E-2 Survey will take place July 31, 2014. The winner of the drawing will not be announced publicly. 
Participate in Research that Makes a Difference: Don't Delay - Final iPad Drawing for Subtype Survey Participants is July 31 

Adult Medical Survey 
If you have a son or daughter age 18 years or older, or you are on the autism spectrum and are age 18 or older, we would appreciate it if you could complete this survey.
Who: Chief Investigator Steve M. Edelson, Ph.D., Executive Director,  and Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D., Autistic Global Initiative, Autism Research Institute.
What: Comprehensive, consent-based online survey. The survey may take up to one hour to complete - you can start the survey and then save it, and return and complete it another time. The survey is online at:

Visit ARI's Online Learning site  


"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Could peer education benefit your child?

In my practice as a special education teacher in a public school inclusion program, I have found that once peers have been educated about the characteristics of these special needs kids, they often first respond with surprise, “I thought he was retarded!” followed by a “How can I help?” attitude.

Read more:
Could peer education benefit your child? | Autism Support Network


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Sunday, July 13, 2014


My children love Minecraft. Minecraft and Autism – Putting the two together in video | Autism from a Father's Point of View

Stuart Duncan  A mix of Minecraft and Autism, I hope to raise more than just awareness but also acceptance for those that have autism.


  • What is Autcraft

    • 6 months ago



    AutCraft: Episode 1 - The Tour

    • 1 year ago

  • AutCraft Introduction

    • 1 year ago

    Within the world of AutCraft, no swearing or bullying is allowed and the environment has been modified so no monsters will attack players. This means that users are free to adventure and explore anywhere they want, without the typical “dangers” that exist in the game’s regular modes.

  • Bullying, Minecraft and Autism Awareness Day 2014
    • 3 months ago

  • "Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

    Related AutCraft videos:

    • 11 months ago

  •      11:09

    Autcraft - New World

    • 9 months ago


    AutCraft - Poisoncowchicken meets Sethbling (mindcrack marathon 2013)

    • 8 months ago

  •                                20:03


    Minecraft Episode 1



    What Happened to Clay - Episode 3 (video)

    Although once poised on the precipice of competitive success, Clay Marzo’s difficulties with large social situations (due to asperger syndrome) made him choose the life of a freesurfer.

    In this way he hoped to avoid the social pressures of the competitive life while focussing on his passion of surfing really, really well.

    What Happened to Clay - Episode 3 - Official Website of Professional Surfer Clay Marzo | Official Website of Professional Surfer Clay Marzo

    Clay Marzo   Clay Marzo

    Filmed by Johnno Barton a couple of weeks ago. New edit coming soon!! Mahalo Carve, @rockstarenergy, Futures Fins, @komunityproject, SUPERbrand, @j_koons, @supersparrow

        Clay Marzo

    hello Jade...


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    'MLP:FiM' and 'BronyCon '- Global Friendship & Social Dynamics and The 'WWPD Factor'

    Are you a Pegasister or Brony?
    • Are you or your child on the Autism Spectrum enjoying the My Little Pony:  Friendship Is Magic phenomenon?

    • Does MLP reinforce Social Skills?

    • Does FiM help explain and promote Friendships and Relationships to your child with Autism?

    • Does MLP:FiM foster creativity, a sense of security, tolerance and acceptance?

    • Are you or your child on the Autism Spectrum attending 'BronyCon'?

    • Do you wish the world was one big Equestria?

    Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little PonyThis engrossing documentary explores the phenomenon of Bronies, the avid adult fans of the kids' cartoon show "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic."

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