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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.

Specialized Autism Education Classes
3 Hour WEBINAR DATES

REGISTRATION ELIGIBILITY

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.

Which Certification is Best for Me?
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Autism Certificate

The Autism Certificate (AC) is available for all professionals employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with individuals with autism. This Autism Certification recognizes professionals dedicated to promoting quality care in the field of Autism.
The Autism Certificate does not require a Master’s degree. If you have your Master’s degree you may qualify for the Certified Autism Specialist Credential.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with individuals with Autism
NYS Mandate Autism 3HR Seminar

The New York State Education Department requires all teachers who are seeking initial or professional state certification in special education take a three-hour workshop in the needs of children with autism.

This course has been designed to ensure that students demonstrate foundational knowledge and skill in meeting the needs of students with Autism.

All workshops begin promptly at the scheduled starting time. New York State mandates that you must be present at the start of the workshop in order to receive a certificate of completion. No late admissions will be permitted.

For further information, please email info@theautismcouncil.org

Professionals that typically apply for the AC Credential include

Education Professionals
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • School Personnel
  • School Bus Drivers
  • Autism Program Support Staff
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Other Professionals
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  • Autism Organization Volunteers
  • ABA Therapists
  • Childcare Directors
  • First Responders
  • Paramedics
  • Police Officers
  • Firemen
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Billing Clerks
Certified Autism Specialist

A Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) is defined as a professional who is responsible for the support and/or services provided to an individual on the Autism spectrum. The CAS credential demonstrates that you have met rigorous standards, demonstrating experience and education in Autism.
To get certified, you will need to be able to document your:

  1. Education Level
  2. Experience and
  3. Professional Development Hours

which are reviewed by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Once approved, your name and verification number can be viewed on the Global registry by employers and other third parties.
Eligibility Requirements
Master’s Degree & 2+ years experience treating or supporting individuals with autism (OR a Bachelor’s Degree & 10+ years of experience)

Autism Certificate

The Autism Certificate (AC) is available for all professionals employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with individuals with autism. This Autism Certification recognizes professionals dedicated to promoting quality care in the field of Autism.

The Autism Certificate does not require a Master’s degree. If you have your Master’s degree you may qualify for the Certified Autism Specialist Credential.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with individuals with Autism

Professionals that typically apply for the AC Credential include:
Education Professionals

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • School Personnel
  • School Bus Drivers
  • Autism Program Support Staff

Other Professionals

  • Autism Organization Volunteers
  • ABA Therapists
  • Childcare Directors
  • First Responders
  • Paramedics
  • Police Officers
  • Firemen
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Billing Clerks

Professionals that typically apply for the CAS Credential include

Education Professionals
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  • Special Education Teachers
  • Special Education Directors
  • School Psychologists
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Counselors
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Principals
  • School Nurses
Licensed Professionals
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • BCBA and ABA Professionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • RN Nurses
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FAQ's

Why pursue a Certification or take Autism Education classes?

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.

Who is part of the “Autism Professional Community”?

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:

Education Professionals

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Special Education Directors
  • School Psychologists
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Counselors
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Principals
  • School Nurses

Licensed Professionals

  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • BCBA and ABA Professionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • RN Nurses

Are any costs reimbursable?

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.

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