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Senate Education Committee Passes Easley Bill
On Autism Professional Development Training
OKLAHOMA CITY-The Senate Education Committee passed legislation Monday, vote count 11-1, that would encourage school districts to include a special emphasis on autism as part of any professional development program on special education that may be provided to teachers in the district.
Senate Bill 1686 is authored by State Senator
Senator Easley said she is particularly passionate about this piece of legislation because autism personally touches her life every day through interaction with a special family member.
“There are many children out there who don’t have the same kind of help we are able to give our family member,” Easley said. “We want to do something to help these children and their families as well as give
Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. These behaviors can range in impact from mild to disabling. Scientists aren’t sure what causes autism and there is no cure.
“There is an absolute need for this kind of help,”
Stephanie Canada, a physical education teacher from
“Any professional development to help us better facilitate learning for a child is helpful, especially the autistic child,”