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The Regional Autism Services Program (RASP) is a cooperative effort of the Bureau of Student and Family Support Services at the Iowa Department of Education, Child Health Specialty Clinics, and the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City.
The program coordinates:
- community-based services for children with autism or its spectrum disorders
- team-oriented interventions
- interagency cooperation
- resource dissemination.
More information available on the RASP website.
AEA Autism Resource Teams
Autism resource teams provide a variety of services to building level teams, AEAs, parents of children with autism spectrum disorders, and community providers. Contact the AEA Autism Resource Team Leader in your area for referral and services.
The Iowa Autism Council acts in an advisory capacity to the state in developing and implementing a comprehensive, coordinated system to provide appropriate diagnostic, intervention, and support services for children with autism and to meet the unique needs of adults with autism.
Webcasts designed to provide administrators with information regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders or ASDs.
The Iowa Department of Education funds this program's activities including one and a half full-time employees.
Best practice documents have been developed for Iowa and cover interventions for this population as well as a parent description introducing birth to eight year old practices for this population. National expectations/competencies will soon be available to inform and provide consistency for state-to-state.
The current knowledge regarding medical screening at risk for autism, and those with Asperger Disorder through the Child Health Specialty Clinics is reflected in valid and reliable screening tools used to inform community teams. Current national publications and scientifically based practices guide training, resources, and interventions to support this population.
There are numerous supporting documents describing resources in autism assessment/evaluation and early intervention articles and resources in autism.
Calendar of Events
Training for educators, education support personnel, community providers etc. in Iowa.
There are numerous links to other organizations and comprehensive websites that provide information about autism and its spectrum disorders including pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified and Asperger's Disorder.
Autism Society Chapters in Iowa:
- Autism Society East Central Iowa Chapter (Cedar Rapids)
- Autism Society Iowa Chapter (West Des Moines)
- Autism Society Quad Cities Chapter (Bettendorf)
- Autism Society Siouxland Chapter (Sioux City)
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National Autism Center
A nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by providing reliable information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources for families, practitioners, and communities. The National Standards Report is a comprehensive analysis about treatments for children and adolecents with ASD and is the culmination of the rigorous, multi-year National Standards Project.
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