Delaware Autism Program Office Moves to State Agency
The Delaware Office of Statewide Autism Programs is now part of the Delaware Department of Education. The office provides supports to students with an educational classification of autism. The change allows them to better coordinate with other state supports and programs so that ultimately, they can better serve our children with autism. The move took effect Jan. 1.
Additional Information from the Delaware Department of Education Press Release:
The move, which took effect Jan. 1, 2023, brings Director Mary Whitfield and two training specialists (one position is vacant) to a newly created Autism Resources Workgroup on the department’s Academic Support Team. The Autism Resources Workgroup will collaborate with the department’s Exceptional Children’s Resources Workgroup, which supports students with disabilities including autism.
The Autism Resources Workgroup will continue to provide training and technical assistance on evidence-based educational programming to public school teams who support students with autism so these students can become productive, socially connected, and personally fulfilled members of the community. It will continue to provide school teams with the knowledge and abilities to develop academic, daily living, social, and vocational skills in students with autism as well as support families with the development of these skills when working with students at home.
The Delaware Office of Statewide Autism Programs previously administered a respite program as part of its services. As of Jan. 1, pediatric respite now is available through the state’s Medicaid program.