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  1. 1. Adult Training Modules Guidance Document for UseIntroductionAs the number of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) continues toincrease, agencies are serving greater and greater numbers of adults with ASD in theirprograms. By definition, these individuals present with a large and varying spectrum ofabilities and needs. Many of the behaviors shown by a person with autism are oftenunique to the diagnosis and autism’s core characteristics. In order to best serve thesepersons, whether in residential, day habilitation, employment or community settings, it isimportant to for agency staff to be intentional in their learning about autism and thestrategies and interventions that specifically address many of these needs.DevelopmentThe eleven (11) adult training modules have been developed by members of RAAC’sregional Adult Task Force to assist in the ongoing professional development of agencystaff who serve adults with autism. Often agencies do not have the time and resourcesto release staff from their jobs for needed training. Although specially designed so thatall staff can gain knowledge from their content, the modules were especially developedfor staff with little or no knowledge about autism. Therefore, language in these moduleshas been simplified so that all staff can easily understand the content, taking outspecialized jargon when unnecessary. There are modules about general knowledge ofthe characteristics of autism but also modules that have specific strategies that mayassist staff to be more successful in serving adults with autism.Framework and UseEach of the modules can be used alone or in group of topics. Although they vary inlength, most modules can be reviewed in 10-15 minutes. They are designed to be usedfor self-study by staff, or they can be used as the core of more formalized groupinstruction. Each module has a few “big ideas” that can serve as the focus of moreRegional Autism Advisory Council (RAAC)July 2011 Page 1
  2. 2. group discussion. Pre- and post-tests could easily be developed for them to be used aspart of staff’s professional development plans. Modules can be downloaded onto agency websites for wider distribution and access tostaff or family members. Their use is not proprietary, although it is requested that RAACbe acknowledged as their developers.RAAC can serve as a resource to agencies in their use of these modules, especially ifagencies use them for group instruction and would like training assistance. Call KayBrown, RAAC Coordinator, (513) 636-7616, with questions or requests.Regional Autism Advisory Council (RAAC)July 2011 Page 2

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