“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin
Autism-Spectrum Disorder, an increasingly common condition, is estimated to impact one in 45 children. The disorder encompasses a wide range of symptoms, skills and levels of impairment, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. It can be difficult to explain the disorder to people who are unfamiliar with it or have never met someone who has autism. For this an many other reasons, OCALI, the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, developed an online video-training program to help other support and understand people with autism, called ASD Strategies in Action.
The online program gives users three course options to help increase the level of understanding of families, agency workers and anyone who “interacts with a person who has autism,” according to the Columbus Dispatch. The three options are:
- Toddler and Preschool Age
- School Age
- Transition Age
These courses, provided at no cost to Ohioans and minimal costs to out-of-state users, can result in a certification to users who pass a test at the conclusion of the course. This certification ensures service providers and other professionals that they are equipped to “effectively care for, support, educate, employ or work with individuals on the autism spectrum from early childhood to young adulthood,” according to the Autism Certification Center’s website.