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Ten Recommendations to Help Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Live a Better Life

1. Know About and Use Evidence-based Practices (EBP)
Michigan Autism Council → Resources → Free Resources and Training Information for parents and providers

2. Respect the Autism and Capitalize on Interests
Paula Kluth – Just Give Him the Whale Temple Grandin - Harness the Power of Passions and TED Talk

3. Develop a Coordinated Support Team
Autism Speaks - Who can help?
Autism Council Collaboration Matrix

4. Establish Families as the Core of the Team
Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF)
Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM)

5. Access Early, Intensive Intervention
Michigan Autism Council → Resources → After identification of autism spectrum

6. Promote Integration in the School and Community
Autism Speaks – Community connections
Autism Speaks – Community living

7. Have High Expectations and Promote Independence
START Passport
START Self-management systems
Autism Speaks – Positive strategies

8. Know Your Goals and Monitor Progress
START IEP preparation
PACERS - Person Centered Planning

9. Develop Relationships
START Project - Peer to Peer Support

10. Keep Your Eyes on the Ultimate Goal → Employment
Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)
Project Search
START V3 Discovery Process
Hiring people with ASD

To access an electronic version of this document with clickable links, go to www.gvsu.edu/autismcenter homepage and look under “News” → Your Health Lecture Series-Autism.