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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment

Meeting Students' Learning NeedsOver the past several years, the incidence of autism, or the range of conditions known as autism spectrum disorder, has increased. Children with autism have special needs and require a great deal of support from family and teachers. When a child with autism is also blind, the situation becomes even more complex. To address the needs of children with autism and vision loss, AFB Press has released Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment: Meeting Students' Learning Needs-the first book of its kind.

Written by Marilyn H. Gense and D. Jay Gense, two professionals who have devoted their lives to studying and helping visually impaired children with autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment offers a comprehensive look at how autism interacts with vision loss and presents effective ways to work with students. Helpful resources include suggestions and approaches for assessment, instruction, and program planning; numerous forms and tools for capturing vital information; and information on assessment instruments, instructional materials, and web sites rich in important advice. Parents, teachers, and service professionals will find this one-of-a-kind resource invaluable as they help to bring children with autism and low vision out of their isolation and "into the world."

The book is available at AFB's online bookstore, click this link to learn more.

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