Video Links for Building Awareness & Understanding

Amazing Things Happen - An introduction to autism that aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and acceptance in future generations. It is intended to be viewed, discussed and shared widely by anyone but especially teachers and parents.  Running time approx 5 minutes

Just Like You - Autism The MidAmerica Emmy award winning, “Just Like You - Autism” launches an exciting campaign that calls our communities, our kids and the world to learn, understand and accept those living with autism. JLY-Autism harnesses the power of film to connect and create empathy in others in an unprecedented way. The film's documentary techniques capture the real life stories of 3 children and their best friends/sibling. They explain their lives with autism in relatable everyday scenes. Running time approx. 20 min.

Helpful Information, Websites, and Articles

USD 383 ASD & Special Needs Lending Library Catalog

Our online library is now up and running. Items are still being added though, so check back regularly for new additions.

When you go to the page, click on Patron Login. From there, click Need Password and enter your email. If your email is already in the system, then it will automatically send you a password. You will then be able to log in, update your profile page, and put books on hold. If your email is not in the system, then it will let you know. At that point, please email Wendy Condra to add you.

Once you place an item on hold, it will notify us and we will contact you to arrange pick up/drop off of items (drop off is only available to schools).

Items are available for loan to educators and parents/caregivers. This library is made possible by USD 383 and the Pilot Club of Manhattan.

10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew

ASD Characteristics


100 Day Kits - Making the most of the first 100 days after an autism diagnosis.

Big Lakes When an autism diagnosis is received, parents should contact Russell Bowles at Big Lakes Developmental Center Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO) to determine eligibility for services funded by Medicaid/KanCare and/or referral to state funded or independently funded local services.  Services for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)  Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) waiver have a current wait list of several years, so we encourage you to contact Big Lakes CDDO early on.  Russell Bowles 776-2642

Autism Speaks Insurance Link - A guide to help you determine coverage with your insurance company and local state laws as well as information on how to advocate for coverage in the event that it is inadequate.

Autism and Vaccine Facts - There is a lot of fear surrounding vaccines.  Know the facts.

Autism Speaks - An organization dedicated to raising funds for autism research.

National Autism Center - Includes reliable, evidence-based practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Includes the National Standards Project.

OCALI -The Autism Center at OCALI serves as a clearinghouse for information on research, resources, and trends to address the autism challenge.

Autism Internet Modules - Free information for families, professionals, and educators.

20 Tips to Deescalate Interactions with Anxious or Defiant Students

Slow Processing Speed and Anxiety: What You Need to Know

Ten Steps to Foster Organization:  Homework and Beyond!

Families Together - A parent training and information center for families in Kansas.

Sesame Street and Autism - Parents of early learners will want to check out the videos and resources Sesame Street offers.

National Institute of Mental Health - Provides the latest research and information on autism.

Kansas Early Autism Services- Information on the Autism Waiver, map of providers, FAQ's and online library

Extended Health Care Option (ECHO) - Information about health care options for active duty military families and their child or children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

A Parent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder- Compiled by the National Institute of Mental Health, this guide offers valuable information on symptoms, diagnosis, commonality, causes, and more.

Autism Now - Resources and information on community-based solutions for individuals with autism.

Autism and Computing - Many articles which are provided by a non-profit group.

Autism Canada Information and resources for families and professionals.

American Academy of Pediatrics Information and resources for families and professionals.

Autism Society - Information and resources for families and professionals.

CDC: Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Information and free materials

Center for Parent Information and Resources Information and resources for parents

For Military Families with Tricare - Information on receiving applied behavior analysis (ABA) coverage

National Autism NetworkA place for parents, individuals, and professionals to connect.  Monthly fee for advanced services.

Guide for Online Colleges & Disabilities Education opportunities and summation of rights for those with disabilities.

Project Guardians- identifying database for the police department for those who may wander from home and are unable to identify themselves.

Autism Help Info - Autism help organized by life stage

Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Kansas - When people with disabilities are employed, everyone wins. 

Checklist for Teachers

List of Interventions

TASN- Includes a lending library, classroom materials, professional development and a local service search.

Cycle of Escalation Training (TASN) series of 10 modules to help educators, families and administrators learn about the Cycle of Escalation to use the response that has the greatest chance of success to defuse potentially dangerous situations.

Resources for Teachers on SharePoint

  1. The Quick Guide for Classroom Teachers
  2. Social Stories
  3. The 5 Point Scale
  4. Reinforcement
  5. Visual Supports
  6. Data Sheets and Curriculum Guides for the Maurice Program
  7. ASD Video training for teachers and paras
  8. And more!

Directions to finding the Autism Spectrum Disorders Resources folder:

  1. Open SharePoint in Office 365
  2. Go to "All Staff Folder"
  3. Then "Teachers" folder
  4. Then "Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources"