Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. To address this, teachers are finding new, innovative ways to educate their students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and overcome the challenges they face in the classroom. Below are 5 Fast Facts about Autism, and 5 DonorsChoose.org projects from teachers seeking to help their students with autism.
- 1 in 88 children are affected by autism.
- Autism is 5 times more likely in boys than girls: affecting 1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls.
- Autism affects all races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups.
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding allocated to other less prevalent childhood developmental diseases.
- There is no medical cure for autism.
5 projects that cater to the unique needs of students with autism:
- Mrs. Clemmons requests sensory activity solutions to help her students regulate their bodies when they feel overstimulated at school.
- Mrs. Thompson needs an LCD projector to add a visual component to her lesson plan and enhance the learning experience of her students with ASD “who often see the world in pictures.”
- Mrs. Conklin aims to give her students a sense of independence and the skills to care for themselves with these cooking supplies.
- Mr. Malchi needs art supplies to create an art club where his students will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively and communicate with others about their work.
- Ms. Levy’s students need label makers and a sewing machine to increase their vocational skills and learn independence and responsibility.
Show teachers your support by funding an autism-related classroom today.