THE LOMAH PODCAST

#32 - High School Crunch Time for Students with Special Needs

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Applied Behavioral Services is a school in the Midwest who, for 20 years, has been working with students that have autism or related disorders. They currently serve over 250 students and 35 school districts per day. In this episode, we will be inspired to blaze trails that do not already exist. We also talk about the importance of narrowing the focus on goals long before students approach "the cliff" of decreased services in adulthood.

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Mentioned in This Episode

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  • Applied Behavioral Services is the #1 and largest provider in Cincinnati for students with autism and related disorders.
  • The early stages of Lori's career and experience happened while working with Dr. Tristram Smith, who conducted research with the pioneer of Applied Behavioral Analysis, Dr. Ivar Lovaas
  • All students have the right to a fair and appropriate education (FAPE) during the years of educational eligibility.
  • The right to FAPE, and associated therapies and services expire upon "aging out" of the school system. The aging out age is different for each state. Click here to see what it is in your state.
  • As the students of ABS began to enter the teenage years, a second school to focus more intently on the final years before transitioning into adulthood was opened. 
  • ABS has also recently started a day program called ABS Transitions. It is a separate agency from the shcool and must utilize funding and supports available to adults which differ from those available while still eligible to FAPE.
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