The Autism Education Network is helping raise the voice of children with autism to help them be heard and increase and maximize their capabilities. Collectively these children and adults are working towards reforming the lives of children with autism and their rights to a free and appropriate public education. Technology has sanctioned these families with the power to voice opinions and make a change.
Finding information may be difficult and cumbersome. By joining the Autism Education Network, you will receive updates on concerns facing the autism community. Joiners will also receive updates to community education programs as well as training and support programs. The network of individuals who support or receive support from the Autism Education Network will provide a strong united front to educating themselves as well as the children they love which will enable them to reach their fullest potential.
This organization was developed by a mother of a child with autism as a direct result of her intense effort to secure education for her child. Michele Waterman has lobbied for her son as well as all the others to follow her. She hoped to provide a roadmap for others with the same needs to follow. Thus allowing them to spend more time understanding the material and educating themselves and less time searching for the answers.
The purpose of the Network is to connect parents and professionals to improve education policy and programs for all people who live with autism. You will also receive updates on critical legal issues. Collectively people have a greater chance of being heard and by working together provide the support to help make each other’s life easier. Members may also volunteer to address issues and help express and get their opinions heard.
Education for all children is important. Children with autism do not learn like other typically developing children. They do not mimic what they hear others say and do. They lack the internal mechanisms that typical children have to learn how to communicate, play and behave. So children with autism in essence must learn how to learn. Therefore, structured education programs are paramount to the development of the child. The Autism Education Network is designed to help get through the myriad of topics and issues.
Appropriate education for children with autism means above all, educating your own mind first. The Autism Education Network is made up of parents and professionals committed to working together and creating solutions.