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COLUMBIA CITY â€” For the third year in a row, Whitley County Consolidated Schools will be offering teacher training for autistic students, implementing a strategy teachers can follow to better meet the needs of students.
After receiving a two year grant, WCCS has already been working with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, who provides trainers and expert consultants to schools in the state, and this year WCCSâ€™ teachers will receive training again using the special education grant dollars.
â€śThe training is on the part of a team of teachers in the school as many students on the appropriately placed in general education classrooms,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor.
Due to their hard work in the district Oâ€™Connor said the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) will be welcoming WCCSâ€™s special ed director, assistant director and a director from IU, who leads up the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, to present the schoolâ€™s work with autistic students at this yearâ€™s national conference.
The welcome came after a proposal was written by the three individuals detailing the work WCCS has accomplished to meet the needs of autistic students.
â€śThis is particularly exciting because as far as we know we will be the only school in the state with a district wide program for autistic students,â€ť said WCCS Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor. â€śIt makes all the difference in the lives of our autistic students when we have expert training to meet their need.â€ť
As the school corporation continues their work, Oâ€™Connor said the training is a step in the right direction to further benefit the students.
â€śI think this is something we can continue to be proud of that we are moving in this direction,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor.