The knowledge and understanding of the "Culture of Autism," as proposed by Mesibov and Shea, from Division TEACCH, is the essential first step in the design of programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Understanding this culture provides the basis for utilizing structured teaching methodology, often combined and blended with other strategies in a SCERTS approach.
Autism services at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES reflect the needs of the family, school and community with respect for the individuality of each student. Responses to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are based in the understanding of autism as a neurologically based, lifelong disorder encompassing a range of social, behavioral, communication and learning needs. Individual student need guides the implementation of services and the selection of intervention strategies.