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“You may earn your degree but education is never over, specialty certifications allow individuals to take steps forward in growth and development that can help an employer land large accounts or receive grants.” – Lyndsey Herrman, CEO, IIES
Our objective at the Autism Council is that the Rochester-area community become a leader in the global Autism community, sharing ideas and best practices in order to assure that every individual on the spectrum receives the treatment and care that they need.
To achieve this, we must all work together to create a community where Autism is looked at no differently than any other personal challenge. We must work to ensure that the entire community is able to properly treat all people with respect and dignity.
There is now a fully accredited Autism Certification program available to help create the fore-mentioned global community. The Autism Council aspires to ensure that our local (Rochester-area) Professional community is included and recognized as leaders in that community. This includes providing the necessary tools and training to do so.
To facilitate this, the Autism Council has established partnerships to bring these types of Autism Education classes to this area, to make it convenient for our Professional community to attain the training and knowledge that these certifications acknowledge.
Professionals who hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a health, mental health, therapeutic, education, music or related field are invited to attend autism training. Requests for exceptions are considered on an individual basis.
Professionals that typically apply for the AC Credential include
Professionals that typically apply for the CAS Credential include
Certifications recognize individuals who voluntarily meet rigorous professional standards in ongoing professional development. They also help ensure that these professionals remain current in the field of Autism.
Some primary reasons for pursuing further Autism Education:
- ENHANCE YOUR PROFESSIONAL REPUTATION & CREDIBILITY
- REDUCE THE CHANCE OF LITIGATION
- INCREASE YOUR POTENTIAL FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT AND EARNINGS
- IMPROVE GRANT QUALIFICATIONS
- DEMONSTRATE COMPLIANCE WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW
Specialty certifications have grown in reputation, thereby affording Professionals unique career opportunities. They provide valuable independent testimony to a Professional’s specific area of study within ones industry. It is the testimony that in turn provides increased credibility and career opportunities for advancement in the workplace.
A Professional is anyone who is responsible for the support and/or services provided to an individual on the Autism spectrum. This Professional could provide this support in a paid or unpaid capacity. The more commonly recognized professions include:
- Special Education Teachers
- Special Education Directors
- School Psychologists
- Behavior Specialists
- School Counselors
- Classroom Teachers
- School Nurses
- Speech Language Pathologists
- Occupational Therapists
- BCBA and ABA Professionals
- Physical Therapists
- Clinical Social Workers
- Licensed Professional Counselors
- RN Nurses
The U.S Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense have accredited the Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) and Autism Certification (AC) programs for military veterans, spouses and dependents of military veterans. As a result, the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs will reimburse 100% of the fees associated with the CAS or AC program for anyone using their GI Bill benefits. The goal of the certification programs is to help veterans and their dependents gain a competitive advantage over other applicants by possessing additional training and a certification in the field of Autism.