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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

IDEA §300.8 (1)(i) Autism means a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age three, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences. (ii) Autism does not apply if a child’s educational performance is adversely affected primarily because the child has an emotional disturbance, as defined in paragraph (c)(4) of this section. (iii) A child who manifests the characteristics of autism after age three could be identified as having autism if the criteria in paragraph (c)(1)(i) of this section are satisfied.

Training information and documents are available by following the links below:

National Organizations/Resources

Asperger's Association of New England (AANE)
The Asperger's Association of New England (AANE) is made up of individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), their families, friends and professionals. They are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with AS and related conditions.

Autism Network International
Autism Network International is an autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic people.

Autism Research Institute
The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is primarily devoted to conducting research, and to disseminating the results of research, on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating autism and other severe behavioral disorders of childhood.

Division TEACCH (Training and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children)
TEACCH is a research-based program that describes a system of structuring learning environments and providing instruction to meet the needs of individuals with autism.

Flutie Foundation
The Foundation's mission is to aid financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism; to fund education and research into the causes and consequences of childhood autism; and to serve as a clearinghouse and communications center for new programs and services developed for individuals with autism.

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)
The National Institute of Mental Health sponsors this committee whose primary mission is to facilitate the efficient and effective exchange of information on autism activities among the member agencies, and to coordinate autism-related programs and initiatives.

National Autism Center (NAC)
The goal of the National Autism Center is to serve children and adults with autism by responding to the rising demand for reliable information and by providing comprehensive, evidence-based resources for families and communities.

 

Research

Autism Research Center of Excellence - Boston University The central purpose of this Center is to develop an integrated interdisciplinary program of research, which addresses the underlying causes, developmental course, and treatment of the social and affective deficits that define the syndrome of autism.

Autism Treatment Network (ATN)
ATN's mission is to create a "gold standard" of medical treatment that will be made broadly available to physicians, researchers, parents, policy makers and others dedicated to enhancing the care of individuals with autism.

Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment (STAART)
The STAART Network is comprised of eight centers across the country. Each center contributes to the autism research base in the areas of causes, diagnosis, early detection, prevention, and treatment.

 

Souris Valley Special Services Personnel

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The Souris Valley Special Services Unit is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment in all employment and educational programs, activities, and facilities. The Unit prohibits discrimination and harassment based on a student, parent/guardian, employee and/or applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or other status protected by law, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.

The Unit’s nondiscrimination policy (pdf)

For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, or to file a complaint of discrimination or harassment, please contact:
Dr. Alison Dollar
Title IX, 504, and nondiscrimination Coordinator
1370 20th Ave SW
Minot, ND. 58701
Alison.Dollar@svssnd.org
701.857.4410

Inquiries and complaints under Title IX may also be referred to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR):
Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
Telephone: (312) 730-1560
E-mail: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov