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‘Sesame Street’ Character the New Face of Autism Awareness in This Week’s AcceliBEAT

April 5, 2019

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Happy Friday! The month of April celebrates World Autism and the advocacy organization Autism Speaks is launching a new public awareness campaign encouraging parents to have their children screened early for autism by including ads that feature Julia, a Sesame Street muppet on the spectrum. In policy news, the president quickly reversed his position on last week’s Special Olympics funding and bipartisan lawmakers are looking to substantially increase funding for special education. In other news, a telemedicine program is aiming to broaden access to therapy for children with cerebral palsy who live in rural and underserved communities; a district in Ohio is launching a program for food trucks to visit students during non-school days to assist students who are food insecure; and a program at a Texas school brings together gen-ed students and students with special needs using modified PE activities so they can learn from each other. All this and more in this week’s AcceliBEAT!


julia sesame street autism muppet

‘Sesame Street’ Character the New Face of Autism Awareness

Autism Speaks is launching a new public awareness campaign aimed at encouraging parents to get their children screened early for autism. The initiative includes ads featuring Julia, a “Sesame Street” muppet who is 4-years-old and on the spectrum.



Trump Backs off Proposed Special Olympics Cut, Hours After DeVos Defended It

President Donald Trump reversed himself on a budget proposal to cut nearly $18 million in federal funding for the Special Olympics.




Lawmakers Look to Fully Fund Idea

Bipartisan legislation to substantially increase Uncle Sam’s investment in special education is back on the table.





school food lunch tray

Food Truck Program Delivers to Needy Students — Even During the Summer

Student hunger is a major problem in areas across the country, and having insufficient access to meals can hurt students in their physical, mental and academic development.




doctor with child pointing at monitor screen that displays a therapist

Telemedicine Broadening Access to Care for Those with Cerebral Palsy

The School-Based Tele-Physiatry Assistance for Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Services program provides PT, OT and medical equipment to children with physical disabilities from infants to 21 years of age in rural and underserved communities.




classroom with different seating types

Designing Flexible Seating with Students

A veteran elementary teacher shares what he’s learned from eight years of building a student-centered environment.




PE modified activities with general education gen ed students and students with special needs

Finley Junior High Incorporates Partners in PE Program for Life-Skills Students

The involvement in Partners in PE has brought a new perspective to the life-skill students she works with even though she has befriended several students in the past.





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