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April 2, 2015
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New e-learning resource for educators working with students with Autism

Education and Early Childhood Development

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Educators across Atlantic Canada have access to a new online professional learning resource entitled ASD and Behavioural Interventions: An Introduction for School Personnel, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

“On the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day, the Atlantic provinces are launching a new resource for educators working with students with Autism,” said Minister McIsaac. “This e-learning course includes current research on Autism Spectrum Disorders including evidence-based practice, supporting communication and social skills development, and more.”

The Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET) and the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority’s (APSEA) Autism in Education: An Atlantic Partnership joined together to launch this new e-learning course. This resource for educational personnel, which is available in both English and French, includes approximately 40-hours of self-paced, online content designed to provide consistency in training, build capacity across all four provinces, and encourage education systems to be more responsive to emerging needs and current research in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

“The e-learning course marks a significant milestone in efforts to build capacity to implement research-supported practices that benefit students on the autism spectrum,” added Minister McIsaac. “Over 1000 school staff in the Atlantic provinces have registered for the inaugural launch of this training.”

To learn more, visit the Autism in Education website at www.apsea.ca/aie

About the Autism In Education: An Atlantic Partnership

Autism In Education is an inter-provincial partnership among the four Atlantic Provinces with the aim of enhancing access to best educational practices in the area of autism. This partnership emerged from a belief on the part of the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET) and the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) Executive that the provinces could benefit from a collaborative relationship in the provision of services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This inter-provincial collaboration enables the sharing of best practice, professional development, training, and resources that will help ensure each province operates at the highest, leading edge standard.

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Media Contact: Katie MacDonald
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