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The Autistic Spectrum

On this page you will find links to each state's Department of Education as well as resources.
For Professional and Parent Supports in Your Area: This is a very extensive international listing of persons, agencies and organizations who help support individuals, families and professionals who work or live with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome or PDD.

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Some of my favorite quotes on education:
Schooling and education are not the same thing. Schools are a business having very little to do with education. ~ John Taylor Gatto
Unless school districts and other providers of early intervention 'get on the bandwagon' and start OFFERING effective early intervention (which has been known for years now) rather than forcing parents to FIGHT for effective intervention(s) one at a time, greater awareness will not lead to "more effective early intervention and improved outcomes." ~ Author Unknown
The worst possible fate for such a child is to be placed in a program for troublemakers. When that happens, he says, a perfect victim is surrounded by perfect victimizers. ~ Fred Volkmar
The most damaging phrase in the language is: `It's always been done that way.' – Rear Admiral Grace Hopper
Theories and goals of education don't matter a whit if you do not consider your students to be human beings. – Lou Ann Walker
A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled. – James Baldwin
My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school. – Margaret Mead
It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber. – (unknown)
The most important outcome of education is to help students become independent of formal education. – Paul E. Gray
Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon. – Ann Lieberman
The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think. - James Beattie
Education is too important to be left solely to the educators. – Francis Keppel
It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind. – James Baldwin
Expecting all children the same age to learn from the same materials is like expecting all children the same age to wear the same size clothing. – Madeline Hunter
In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made School Boards. – Mark Twain
Schooling, instead of encouraging the asking of questions, too often discourages it. – Madeleine L'Engle
Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. – Roger Lewin
Gabriela Gallardo   Special Education Teacher, California:
I am a special education teacher, and I had the pleasure of having an autistic child in my classroom this year. Patric was a fifth grader and this June, when he was promoted to sixth grade, he surprised me with a gift that he was eager for me to open. After I opened the present and saw that it was a beautiful table clock, Patric quickly asked if I knew why he had gotten me a clock. I replied that I didn't and to that he most lovingly answered: "Because every time you look at the clock you'll know I love you all the time."
“'No Child Left Behind' requires states and school districts to ensure that all students are learning and are reaching their highest potential. Special education students should not be left out of these accountability mechanisms.”
 Dianne Feinstein quotes (American Senator, b.1933)
Simply being different isn't wrong. Don't try to be a duckling if you're born to be a swan. – (unknown)