Autism Awareness Month: Why It Matters
by Becky Brewster, Metro Schools Autism Teacher Consultant
Please join us for the 2nd Annual MNPS Autism Awareness Event, Friday, April 25th from 7:30am—10:30am at the Martin Professional Development Center located next to Eakin Elementary School.
With 1 in 68 births resulting in a diagnosis of Autism, it’s rare to run into someone who is unaffected by the disorder, either directly through their family or friend or close neighbor. Autism affects us as individuals and as a society.
In Metro Schools, there are more than 700 students diagnosed with Autism. The Autism Team’s goal is to bring awareness to Autism all year long through our various trainings and events. We believe every child deserves the best education possible, including children on the Autism Spectrum. We believe our Exceptional Education programs are child-centered and focused on positive outcomes. We believe we are all reaching for the same goal, to better the lives of the children we serve.
The Autism Team strives to bring the best possible training and the most current information to the educators on the front lines of serving our children. We are in a constant state of learning. Each time we share our knowledge, we start a ripple effect in the lives of the students we serve.
The MNPS Autism Team
Denise Rollins — Director of Exceptional Education
Ada Winford — Lead Teacher
Dr. Amber Music — Senior Behavior Analyst
Becky Brewster — Teacher Consultant
Angela Vaughan — Teacher Consultant
Heather Melancon — Teacher Consultant
Gladys Henry — Speech Language Pathologist
Our hearts are wrapped around every child with Autism.
Take a look at these resources for families affected by autism:
- Mama Be Good — a blog written from the heart of a parent, filled with important stories and valuable resources.
- Autism Tennessee
- Look Me In The Eye — John Elder Robinson
- Thinking In Pictures— Temple Grandin
- A Thorn In My Pocket — Eustacia Cutler
- Born On A Blue Day — Daniel Tammet