My Kid Has Autism. Now What?

We’ve Come A Long Way in Educating Kids With Autism, But That Doesn't Mean It's Easy

Erin Rotheram-Fuller, Daniel Openden, Jan Cawthorne, Cathryn Creno

Autism education has come a long way in the past few decades, but diagnosing children with autism, figuring out how best to teach them, and raising awareness among students, parents, and teachers still pose challenges. In a panel co-presented by Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at the ASU Art Museum, a group of educators discussed what strategies and practices work best—and the obstacles toward implementing them in the classroom.

When Mesa Public Schools special education director Jan Cawthorne began her career years ago, children with disabilities were separated …

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