A toast to the Cohort III Autism Spectrum Annotation Graduates
On July 26, 2012, the Autism Spectrum Annotation Cohort III celebrated their completion with the Advisory Board, instructors and faculty leaders from Bank Street College and family members. Cohort members presented a practicum area of particular interest to them.
Nancy discussed a compelling aspect of the STOPPS workshop.
Charlene reflected on how she will use what she learned and her experience in both the leadership grant program and the autism spectrum grant.
Priscah’s family shows their support and pride in her upon completion.
The Autism Spectrum Annotation, funded by an Office of Special Education Program (OSEP) Federal grant awarded to Bank Street College, is designed to increase understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), promote optimal conditions for learning, and advocate for students in the school setting.
In order to be eligible for consideration into the program, cohort members must already possess a master’s degree in Special Education and hold a highly qualified status granted by the New York State Department of Education. Applicants are also required to complete a Bank Street College application with essays and interview with an annotation instructor or an advisory board member.
The annotation is a sequence of six courses, three expert workshops, invited expert lectures, a transition seminar, and a month long practicum. Each cohort initiates their program in July (Summer II session), with a very intense course regarding the range of autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. The candidates are exposed to a full range of evidence-based