Special Education Connection

A Special Education Newsletter for the Katy ISD Community

April 2021

The Special Education Connection is a quarterly newsletter produced by the Department of Special Education to help keep our Katy ISD community informed related to the happenings, trainings, and resources available in our area.

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and in honor of that, the Department of Special Education wanted to share some important information related to the origins of this initiative provided by the Autism Society, www.autism-society.org.

In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible. In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into Autism Acceptance Month (AAM). This April, Katy ISD continues the efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change.

The Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest leading grassroots autism organization, is proud to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month in April 2021 with its “Celebrate Differences” campaign. Designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism, #CelebrateDifferences focuses on providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life.

The Autism Society acknowledges that the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 59 in 2020. In light of this continued increase, the goal during AAM is to further increase awareness about autism including the signs, symptoms, through information and referrals, events, printable and digital resources, and community partnerships with businesses and organizations dedicated to building inclusive experiences.

The Autism Society has a variety of resources designed to inform and encourage communities to celebrate differences and become more inclusive of individuals with autism. The campaign will overlap with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, and continue throughout the month.

Read about the shift from “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month” here.

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Upcoming Parent Training Series - Autism Group Parent Trainings

The Katy Independent School District trainings for Autism will be held virtually this year on Wednesday evenings in April in honor of Autism Awareness Month.

Transition Information Night for Parents

The Department of Special Education in collaboration with the Social Security Administration will host a Transition Parent Information Night. This will take place virtually via Zoom on Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5:30 PM-6:45 PM. This workshop will cover how work incentives can be applied with Social Security Income. Many of these services are available to students with disabilities while they are still enrolled in Katy ISD.
Katy ISD Special Education Department Website

This site hosts important information about special education, parent resources, and other important district information.

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