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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

& RESOURCES

Looking for additional resources to continue growing, learning and assisting children and the educational community you serve? Check back here for an expanding list of valuable resources. 

Featured Resources

PA Training & Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)


Working with the Bureau of Special Education (BSE), Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), PaTTAN provides a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted to improving student results. This professional development and technical assistance takes many forms in order to meet the varied needs of PaTTAN’s constituents. Week-long summer institutes, ongoing professional development series, webinars, on-site assistance, and individual student or teacher supports are some of the means by which PaTTAN provides support to schools. Visit their website.




Pennsylvania Department of Education


The official PA Government website for Pennsylvania Public Schools, Education, Policies & more. Visit their website.




PA Dept. of Education – Bureau of Special Education


The Bureau of Special Education works collaboratively with educators, schools, agencies, and other stakeholders across Pennsylvania to ensure students have access to quality and meaningful education supports, services, and opportunities. Visit their website.




The Center for Autism Research Roadmap


The Center for Autism Research (CAR) at CHOP provides a website to give families a single place to go for accurate, up-to-date information on autism spectrum disorder. Whether a child is newly diagnosed, entering a new phase of development or simply navigating life, the Roadmap has articles and resources to help guide the way, with information from the nation’s top experts on autism. Visit the website.




The Center for Autism Research


CAR is a joint center of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. Our multidisciplinary team is working every day to discover evidence-based ways to dramatically improve the lives of individuals with ASD and related conditions throughout the lifespan. We aim to discover the causes of autism, develop better treatments, support families affected by ASD, and provide world-class training for the next generation of master clinicians and scientists. Visit the website.




National Center for Learning Disabilities


Improving the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. Visit the website.




Understood.org


We’re dedicated to growing and shaping a world where everyone who learns and thinks differently feels supported at home, at school, and at work; a world where people with all types of disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy meaningful careers; a world where more communities embrace differences. Visit the website.




The Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD)


The Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) is an organization composed to people committed to enhancing the quality of life of children, youth, and adults with autism, intellectual disability, and/or other developmental disabilities. The Division seeks to promote and disseminate research-based practice in education, thus ensuring the continued advancement of positive educational and life outcomes for people with autism, intellectual disability, and/or other developmental disabilities. Visit the website.




Autism Speaks


Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

​Through partnerships and collaboration, we are committed to:

  • ​​Increasing global understanding & acceptance of people with autism
  • Being a catalyst for life-enhancing research breakthroughs
  • Increasing early childhood screening & timely interventions
  • Improving the transition to adulthood
  • Ensuring access to reliable information & services throughout the life span
Visit their website.




The Autism Science Foundation


The Autism Science Foundation’s mission is to support autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. Visit the website.