Autism awareness project gets a permanent home


The Sevastopol School District plans to make a permanent display out of an autism awareness projects students created in April.

Part of the reason the district celebrated Autism Awareness Month was it received a Department of Public Instruction Autism Evidence Based Practice Mini Grant for the 2013-14 school year. The one-year grant is renewable for up to three years.

The grant provided funds for 12 people to receive outside training about strategies for how to work with children on the autism spectrum, said Jody Arbter, Sevastopol’s speech language pathologist and Autism Program support teacher. The training was geared toward working with younger students.

“The kids that we focus on have pretty significant needs,” she said.

The dozen staff members meet monthly to discuss strategy implementation and any needed next steps. One of those activities was raising awareness.


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