We are students, family, school personnel, and policy leaders across the United States who want to improve the educational opportunities in public schools for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
We believe change happens when people act together. Passing the AUTISM Educators Act (H.R. 1509) will improve educational outcomes for many different learners and fill a critical need in our public schools.
The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders has increased dramatically in the United States, with an estimated 1 in 88 children diagnosed by age 8, including 1 in 54 boys.
It is critical that teachers in general education classrooms be offered the training and support they need to work with students with ASD. The AUTISM Educators Act (H.R. 1509) makes federal grants available to school districts to create pilot programs that can eventually help classrooms nationwide. Help make this happen. Join us.
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Alex Arriaga is an advocate and policy strategist on international human rights issues. She has held senior positions in the U.S. Congress, The White House, and with leading non-profits. Alex is co-chair of the Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee and serves on Arlington Public Schools' implementation team to improve services for students with autism spectrum disorders. She is bilingual (Spanish) and is the mother of a young boy with Aspergers Syndrome.
Dr. Terrig Thomas has been a leading member of the Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee since 2008 where his main focus has been to advise Arlington Public Schools on the unmet needs in the education of children with autism spectrum disorders. During the day he is a research scientist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Terrig is the father of a teenage boy with autism and mild cerebral palsy.