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Unique Forum for Parents of Children with Autism

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Rockville, Maryland – Local autism nonprofit gives parents a rare opportunity to ask administrators from Montgomery County Public Schools about autism services and placements. Partnership for Extraordinary Minds (xMinds), a nonprofit that works to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of diploma-bound students on the autism spectrum is sponsoring an event on Thursday evening, March 31st, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Julius West Middle School, 651 Great Falls Rd, Rockville, MD 20850. The free event is in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). MCPS administrators will present the educational placements and services available for diploma-bound students diagnosed on the autism spectrum in Montgomery County Public Schools. xMinds is asking administrators to explain how staff address the core challenges of autism including reading comprehension, social skills, executive functioning, and emotional regulation. This year parents can attend one of five break-out sessions on the following topics: Special Education and IEP Procedures; Preschool Placements; Elementary School Placements; Middle and High School Placements; and Transition Services. Staci Daddona, the nonprofit’s president, said, “the current dialogue about autism has moved from early intervention to the lack of supports for adults across the autism spectrum, largely ignoring the foundational years when our children are enrolled in public schools. The assumption seems to be that whatever is being done is sufficient, and that a crisis appears when the students age out of the public education system at 21. Our children have great potential, and we believe that if they are supported to understand and cope with their challenges in school, fewer will be in crisis when they become adults.”More than 1,500 children are identified with autism in Montgomery County Public Schools. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one in 110 children in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder.About xMinds: Partnership for Extraordinary Minds assists families and educators in understanding the characteristics of autism and Asperger Syndrome and how these characteristics create challenges in learning. We believe that students who are taught to understand and cope with the challenges of their autism will have more positive futures. For more information, visit www.xminds.org.