October 28, 2008

No Credit for Autism?

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You may be thinking, “Wow!  She has way too much time on her hands.  Where does she find this stuff!??!”

Well, you’re right.  I do have too much time on my hands, and I’m not sure how in the world that happened.  Seems like I have so much going on at once, so I don’t really know where all this “extra” time comes from.

Anyhoo, I was trolling the Information Superhighway by way of the Shoe Leather Express (that’s on foot, in case you were wondering) today because my pogo stick broke {sigh}, and I came across this tidbit of autism news.

I’m not writing this post to make a big deal out of possibly nothing, but let’s see what your thoughts are after you finish reading it.

Considering the fact that autism is, sadly, the fastest growing developmental disability in the nation, one would think that any college offering a course on autism would be one that also offered the student credit for taking it.

The Daily Dispatch reported earlier today that,

A course to provide teachers with effective strategies for teaching students with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome is now available online through the Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning. Teaching Students with Autism: Strategies for Success will help teachers to better understand autistic students, turn challenges into opportunities, and enjoy the rich perspective they bring to the classroom.

The non-credit course is provided by Education To Go, which leads hundreds of short-term, online classes and certifications on topics ranging from computers and languages to healthcare and teaching.

It’s bad enough we have a shortage of specialists who work with children on the spectrum.  Now, Education To Go expects folks to take a class on how to teach our children and not receive any credit for it.

You all know how the world “thinks”… not everyone will do something for nothing.

Like I said, I’m not trying to make something out of nothing, but I think any course that helps people help our children should be one that offers course credit.  After all, the course does cost the student $75.

Am I making a mountain out of an ant hole?

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