Massachusetts Advocates for Children posted an interesting summary of the Massachusetts legislative priorities for Autism Commission related bills. One is particularly interesting in that it would require the Board of Education to provide a mechanism for Special Education teachers to receive an Autism Endorsement. The endorsement will address the specific competencies needed for teachers to address the complex and unique needs of students with autism. If passed, starting in 2016, IEP Teams for students with autism would include a teacher with an Autism Endorsement to ensure that the school can fully address the complex communication, behavioral, sensory, social, and academics needs of youth in the least restrictive environment.
To see a summary of the Bill, click here for the Massachusetts Advocates for Children website.