Autism Speaks


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This presentation is by a student from the Fall 2011 session of "Acting Up - Using Theater & Technology for Social Change," part of the online education program at The School for New Learning. Tom Tresser, instructor -

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  • Autism Speaks

    1. 1. Autism Speaks Lisa G. Wagner-Jones Acting Up For Social Change An ABA Awareness Campaign Changing the way people think about treatment
    2. 2. Goal of the Organization <ul><li>At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders( </li></ul>
    3. 3. Highlights of the Organization <ul><li>Leader in Autism Research </li></ul><ul><li>Successful fundraisers </li></ul><ul><li>Website provides education/awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Successful change in insurance policy for behavior intervention treatment </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Issue <ul><li>Although the organization is extremely successful in the area of research, they lack in dissemination. Scientists have discovered that a treatment for autism called applied behavior analysis(ABA) is most effective and should be started as early as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>The insurance act will not go into effect until 2014 which means children diagnosed now will not get treatment unless they can afford it. </li></ul>
    5. 5. ABA Treatment is expensive <ul><li>Initial workshop to train parents and therapists- $175-$1000 per person </li></ul><ul><li>Schools that specialize in ABA- $16,000-$25,000 per year </li></ul><ul><li>Home program with private therapists-up to $50,000 per year( </li></ul>
    6. 6. What is ABA?
    7. 7. The Plan <ul><li>Launch a campaign to raise ABA awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Target parents, teachers, healthcare professionals, clinicians and school board decision makers </li></ul>
    8. 8. Goals <ul><li>Long term </li></ul><ul><li>All children with Autism will have access to a quality ABA program </li></ul><ul><li>Public Schools will recognize that behavioral therapy is the treatment of choice for children on the spectrum and implement it into their special education and inclusive programs </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediate </li></ul><ul><li>Parents, public schools and pediatric developmental centers </li></ul><ul><li>will accept training in ABA from our trained professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Short term </li></ul><ul><li>Get parents , educators and school officials to attend an event to explain ABA treatment </li></ul>
    9. 9. Organizational Considerations <ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Educators </li></ul><ul><li>Therapists </li></ul><ul><li>Behavior analyst </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail campaign </li></ul><ul><li>You tube video </li></ul><ul><li>Flyers </li></ul><ul><li>Art Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Office supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Fund Raising: </li></ul><ul><li>Concerts </li></ul><ul><li>Art in the park </li></ul><ul><li>Kid friendly dinner party </li></ul>
    10. 10. Constituents, Allies & Opponents <ul><li>Constituents </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><li>ABA therapists </li></ul><ul><li>Allies </li></ul><ul><li>Behavior intervention specialists </li></ul><ul><li>ABA therapists </li></ul><ul><li>Parents that have used the treatment for their children </li></ul><ul><li>Opponents </li></ul><ul><li>School officials </li></ul>
    11. 11. Tactics <ul><li>Show the benefits of ABA by video interviews of parents and children who have used the treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange training sessions at schools and child developmental centers </li></ul><ul><li>Launch ABA awareness campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Get media attention at events </li></ul><ul><li>Demand that school officials will implement principals of ABA into the curriculum </li></ul>
    12. 12. Who will deliver the message? <ul><li>Trained ABA professionals on the committee can organize seminars, fund raisers and events to get the message to the targets. </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Art in the Park </li></ul><ul><li>Concerts </li></ul><ul><li>Kid friendly dinner parties </li></ul>
    13. 13. How will this be done? <ul><li>Ask for invitations to schools and child developmental centers to provide a workshop on ABA. Include a lecture, presentation and “make & take,” activity. Stress that behavior modification can help classroom management as well. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Make & Take <ul><li>Teachers love kinesthetic learning, show them how to make a picture schedule that can be used for the entire class or geared to one student. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Art in the Park <ul><li>Team up with a local park district and provide an event that is child friendly. Send a powerful message of the struggles of Autism by creating a giant puzzle. Each participant can write or draw their own personal struggle on a giant puzzle piece and find the connecting piece to finally assemble one giant puzzle. It will give participants a sense of unity with their peers, they are not alone in their struggles. </li></ul>
    16. 16. In Conclusion <ul><li>Send a petition to state legislators and school board officials requesting that ABA become a part of public school curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Demands need to be made that teachers are trained in ABA in order to teach children with Autism effectively </li></ul>
    17. 17. References <ul><li>Autism speaks strategic plan for science [Brochure]. (2011). Retrieved October 22, 2011, from </li></ul><ul><li>Bobo, K. A., Kendall, J., & Max, S. (2010). Part 1 chapter 4. In Organizing for social change: Midwest Academy manual for activists . Santa Ana, CA: Forum Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2007). Chapter 2. In Applied behavior analysis . Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill-Prentice Hall. </li></ul><ul><li>Finding a path to progress and hope. (n.d.). Home | Autism Speaks . Retrieved October 25, 2011, from </li></ul><ul><li>Healing Thresholds Autism Therapy Homepage | Connecting Community and Science to Heal Autism . (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2011, from </li></ul><ul><li>Home | Autism Speaks . (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2011, from </li></ul>