ESC 18 is dedicated to providing quality information, education, and resources to parents, professionals, community, and school personnel involved in the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.General information about Autism Spectrum Disorder, technical assistance, and consultation regarding specific issues are available to parents, individual school districts and/ or campuses upon request. Requests may be made to Rebecca Bilyeu by telephone, 432 567 3239, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional development opportunities are presented in a variety of formats including workshops, professional presentations, make and take work sessions, online training, and conference information. ESC 18 encourages parent participation in all our trainings and workshop fees are waived for parents of students with disabilities.
A small Autism Resource library is also available at the Service Center. For available library resources, contact Kathy Bechtel @ (432) 563-2380.Read our quarterly newsletter!Upcoming Workshops:Inclusion is NOT an Illusion - April 4, 2018(Including Students with Disabilities in the Arts)Location: Region 18 ESC, Room ABTime: 9:00 - 4:00Fee: $50 (waived for parents)Grant Maniér, a young award-winning eco-artist, living with autism and an advocate for special needs skills and environmental responsibility, will share his inclusion strategies and interventions and personal stories. Grant has received advocacy honors, appeared on TV, and has been profiled in newspapers, magazines, and social media articles. Grant's own challenges have given him the tools to be the best he can be and the desire to raise awareness of literacy and the environment.Along with his mother, Julie, they have partnered with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation with their book "Grant the Jigsaw Giraffe - Different is MORE!" with the foreword penned by Dr. Temple Grandin. Grant and Julie bring personal stories and share the program to inspire, motivate, and teach.In addition, two classroom teachers will present successful strategies they utilize to include all students in art and theater arts.Flyer: Inclusion is NOT an Illusion
Annual Autism Art, Literacy & Music Exhibit 2018Theme: IMAGINETo celebrate Autism Awareness Month, Region 18 ESC is asking students to submit their artwork, videos, literacy pieces or music for public viewing.We will showcase the exhibits of students within Region 18 who are on the Autism Spectrum as well as entries from students' friends and family. Student artwork, literacy or other genre is a great way to express who they are or how they see themselves and/or society.Please promote this artistic opportunity and bring your artwork to Region 18 ESC BEFORE MARCH 23, 2018. Exhibits will be available for viewing at the Region 18 ESC Conference Center. We are offering a new venue this year by photocopying original submissions, and displaying the creations in carefully selected local public sites to promote autism awareness.Medium: All mediums are accepted, but must be transportable.Entry Form: Firmly attach on the back of each work.Permission Form: Parental permission form must accompany each entry.Annual Autism Art & Literacy Exhibits for 2017Questions? Rebecca Bilyeu,Autism/ LID Specialist & Educational Consultant432-567-3239