Education about autism promotes awareness and builds an opportunity for positive engagement and inquiry into autism, real understanding in the similarities and differences between them, and a chance for authentic relationships to be build.
The importance of the kind of education CHASE provides cannot be understated. No where else in school or in life do typical children, teachers & parents learn to respect, understand, and interact with children on the autism spectrum. Period.
Erika Sheets, Parent of an ASD child January 11, 2017
As educators, we have to be willing to set aside everything we have learned and be willing to embrace new ways of teaching in the area of autism.
Elementary School Counselor January 11, 2017
It is imperative that we educate neurotypical students about autism in order for them to understand, empathize, and accept a student with autism in their classroom. The student with autism feels understood and can positively embrace who they are. In this approach, I truly believe that knowledge and understanding is power. Power that equips the student to have a positive self-image and successful social interactions with their peers.
Kristen Learning, Special Education Teacher January 11, 2017
My father attended the meeting at which you spoke. My son was diagnosed with Aspergers several years ago. Your discussion enlightened my father to a point of accepting the diagnosis (truly accepting and verging on understanding). I am grateful for all that you do in terms of Autism and wanted you to know that you did reach out and affect someone.
January 11, 2017
The CHASE program has been remarkable for our family. Our son is a kindergartener with autism. Due to his many differences and lack of verbal language, I was very fearful that my son would not be accepted or understood by his peers. I was terrified that my son would be bullied at school and he would not be able to tell me because he is nonverbal. The CHASE program calmed these fears. CHASE engaged in an outstanding program for my son’s kindergarten class that taught the students abut autism, how my son is different and why it is important to accept all peers regardless of their differences. It taught the students how to best engage and play with my son. In addition, it provided education to each peer’s parents about autism. Understanding, acceptance and compassion of and by peers is vital to an autistic student’s success and no other program is out there like this that teaches these values to peers and their families and prevents bullying. We have already seen great results because of the CHASE program. We have been invited to birthday parties and playdates by peers and have first hand witnessed my son’s fellow classmates and their families accept and include my son — where otherwise this may not have happened. CHASE is an incredible program that truly makes a difference in the lives of children with autism and their families! I plan to continue to use the CHASE program throughout my son’s time in school and know it will continue to make a positive difference in our son’s life!”
Brandy L. Rea, mother of a young boy with ASD January 25, 2017