Interdisciplinary Specialty Program in Autism at Nazareth (I-SPAN)
As part of the I-SPAN program, I took 3 semesters of classes geared toward teaching autistic individuals in the primary and secondary classroom. We studied the sociocultural aspects, clinical manifestations, services, and advocacy that revolve around autism. After the program I received a certificate of specialty in autism.
Each semester featured a project aimed at creating community:
Fall 2015: Family Experience Project
I spent time interacting weekly with a boy on the spectrum and his family, later presenting on family dynamics that occur in neurodiverse households.
Spring 2016: Observing professional environments/conducting interviews
I observed Applied Behavior Analysis classrooms and interviewed educators and families.
Summer 2016: Capstone
I created a children’s book aimed at increasing advocacy for individuals on the spectrum.