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Autism, Neurodiversity, and Equity in Professional Preparation Programs

Autism, Neurodiversity, and Equity in Professional Preparation Programs
Author(s)/Editor(s): Shanna Jamanis (Nazareth University, USA)and Dawn Vogler-Elias (Nazareth University, USA)
Copyright: ©2024
DOI: 10.4018/979-8-3693-0163-0
ISBN13: 9798369301630
EISBN13: 9798369301654


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In today's world, the prevalence of autism affecting approximately 1 in 100 children underscores the scarcity of proficient professionals capable of aiding those with autism and other neurodiverse conditions. The absence of cohesive and interdisciplinary training programs exacerbates the hurdles faced by these individuals, impeding their access to high-quality care and assistance. Consequently, the needs of neurodiverse individuals remain insufficiently met, and those with autism confront impediments to realizing their full potential due to a deficiency in specialized expertise and comprehensive support. To counteract this issue, Autism, Neurodiversity, and Equity in Professional Preparation Programs, edited by Shanna Jamanis and Dawn Vogler-Elias, offer a transformative remedy. This publication offers a comprehensive and multifaceted examination of professional preparation initiatives centered on neurodiversity, integrating perspectives from disability studies, neurodiversity, diversity, equity, and inclusion, to furnish a conceptual structure that empowers professionals across diverse fields.

The book's interdisciplinary approach aims to equip professionals and students across domains such as education, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, nursing, social work, and creative arts therapy. With its array of chapters encompassing case studies, instructional activities, and program narratives, readers acquire valuable insights and pragmatic tools for effectively supporting neurodiversity. The editors' commitment to embracing diverse viewpoints ensures a nuanced comprehension of neurodiversity support, fostering empathy, and elevating the standard of care. Autism, Neurodiversity, and Equity in Professional Preparation Programs by Shanna Jamanis and Dawn Vogler-Elias provides a much-needed resource to tackle the global challenge of aiding those with autism and neurodiversity. By advancing interdisciplinary knowledge and evidence-based practices, this publication not only tackles the dearth of proficient professionals but also champions a more inclusive and compassionate world. For academics, scholars, and practitioners spanning various disciplines, this book serves as a crucial steppingstone toward establishing more equitable and empowering environments for individuals with autism and neurodiversity.

Author's/Editor's Biography

Shanna Jamanis (Ed.)
Shanna Jamanis is the Associate Dean for the School of Education and Co-Director for the Interdisciplinary Specialty Program in Autism at Nazareth University. She is a former special education teacher, integration facilitator, behavior specialist, and coordinator for autism services. Her research and professional development interests include Neurodiversity, strength-based planning and support in schools for students on the autism spectrum, and interprofessional preparation of teacher candidates. Dr. Jamanis has presented locally, nationally and internationally on teacher preparation and autism interprofessional preparation.

Dawn Vogler-Elias (Ed.)
Dawn Vogler-Elias is a professor of Speech-Language Pathology and co-directs the Interdisciplinary Specialty Program in Autism at Nazareth University. She is also the Speech-Language Pathology Dscipline Coordinator at the University of Rochester's Leadership in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. Her clinical and research interests include assessment and intervention of language and social communication for children with developmental disabilities, including autism. She has presented research locally and nationally on interdisciplinary professional preparation in autism, service-learning pedagogy, and social communication assessment and intervention.


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