Autism Spectrum Instructional Resource ASpIRe

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Autism Society of America Autism Society of America
http://www.autism-society.org 
The Autism Society of America is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact. The Society and its chapters share a common mission of providing information and education, and supporting research and advocating for programs and services for the autism community.
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Behavior Analyst Certification Board Behavior Analyst Certification Board
http://www.bacb.com 
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. The BACB certification procedure undergoes regular psychometric review and validation, pursuant to a job analysis survey of the profession and standards established by content experts in the field.

The BACB's mission is to develop, promote, and implement a national and international certification program for behavior analyst practitioners. The BACB has established uniform content, standards, and criteria for the credentialing process that are designed to meet:

  1. The legal standards established through state, federal and case law;
  2. The accepted standards for national certification programs; and
  3. The "best practice" and ethical standards of the behavior analysis profession.

Individuals who wish to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA®) must posses at least a Masters Degree, have 225 classroom hours of specific Graduate-level coursework, meet experience requirements, and pass the Behavior Analyst Certification Examination.
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Texas Autism Research and Resource Center (TARRC) Texas Autism Research and Resource Center (TARRC)
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/tarrc 
The Texas Autism Research & Resource Center (TARRC) was created in response to needs expressed by the autism community. The Center's primary purpose is to coordinate resources for individuals with autism and their families.

The TARRC website supports individuals, families, and professionals by providing comprehensive information on autism and the programs in Texas that provide essential services and supports to people affected by autism.
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Disability Rights Texas Disability Rights Texas
http://www.disabilityrightstx.org 
Disability Rights Texas is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Texas. Their mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society.

Disability Rights Texas attorneys and advocates fulfill this mission by:

  • Providing direct legal assistance to people with disabilities whose rights are threatened or violated
  • Protecting the rights of individuals and groups of people with disabilities through the courts and justice system
  • Advocating for laws and public policies that protect and advance the rights of people with disabilities
  • Informing people with disabilities and family members about their rights; making referrals to appropriate programs and services

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William's Community School William's Community School
http://www.williamscommunityschool.org 
William's Community School is built on the strong philosophical belief that, given the right supports, every child can thrive. WCS recognizes each child's individuality and provides differentiated teaching to meet individual needs and capitalize on unique learning styles. The school offers a broad, balanced, appropriate curriculum that encourages optimal social, emotional, and academic development. All activities are carefully planned to embrace and develop student's strengths and interests across seven key domains:
  • Personal, social, and emotional development
  • Language and literacy
  • Mathematics and problem-solving
  • Creative development
  • Environment and science
  • Critical thinking
  • Physical development
Only the most effective teaching practices, borne out of scientific research, are employed. An emphasis is placed on the use of Applied Behavior Analytic principles, Positive Behavior Supports, and social learning programs.
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