Autism Team 
The Autism Team of Avon Community School District strives to promote awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder through support and training of staff, students, parents and individuals in the community. The collective efforts of the team will continue to provide resources and information to meet the needs of those whose lives are impacted by Autism.
(Please note: Some of the information contained on the websites listed below is not necessarily endorsed by the Avon Autism Team.)


  • HANDS in Autism 
    Riley Hospital for Children:The HANDS (Helping Answer Needs by Developing Specialists) in Autism program is the outreach and training extension of the CSATC and is housed in the historic Fesler Hall immediately across the pathway from the ROC. This program was initiated with foundational funding from the Centers for Disease Control and expanded with support from the Indiana Department of Education, Division of Exceptional Learners and a number of charitable and philanthropic donations. The HANDS program has an active website with information, materials and e-learning opportunities and also sponsors series such as the Make It Take It workshops, Next Steps workshops, and the Learn It Live It workshop
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  •  Fire Safety Interactive Flip Book   
    March 2010- The National Fire Protection Association(NFPA) has produced an interactive storybook,I Know My Fire Safety Plan,” that teaches children with autism spectrum disorder what to do if a smoke alarm sounds. The story can also be helpful to children with other developmental disabilities. 
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    A MOVIE"ng" Experience
    Check out this website for an opportunity to take your family to the movies! Want to see first run movies in a sensory friendly atmosphere? Check out this webpage for more information.
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  • Going To College
    A website for students with disabilities and their families to assist in the preparation for the transition to college.
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  • High School to College Transition
    Here's a link to a video Marshall University did on transition from high school to college. Video outlines key considerations for students, parents and professionals when making the initial steps in transition. Title of Vide "How Students with Asperger's Syndrome Make the Transition at Marshall University."
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  • National Autism Center - Standards Report
    View the document submitted by a panel of experts in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. This document discusses all of the Research Evidenced Practices for interventions in the field of Autism. Other treatemnt options are evaluated and cited as well. Newly released in September, this document should provide useful information for parents, caregivers and professionals that are involved in the care and treatment of individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
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  • Free Online Classes on Autism Spectrum Disorder
     Free online classes in Autism Spectrum Disorders are being offered by the the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism. These are supposed to be very good.
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  • Speedway UMC Westside Special Needs Parents Network
    This organization meets the second Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM every other month. Next meeting will be held in November. To put your name on the mailing list, contact: Speedway United Methodist Church, 5065 W. 16th St. (16th and Winton) 317.971.2619.
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  • Video/Podcasts Available
    The UC Davis MIND Institute has placed videos of various educational lectures on autism on their website. If you use iTunes, you can click on the purple “iTunes” icon, you can subscribe to these talks as podcasts, and download them to your iPod / iPhone.
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Useful Documents

Team Contacts

Brandy AmesWhite Oak Melissa Marks White Oak
 Debbie AndersonDistrict  Behavioral Consultant Maureen WetzelRiver Birch
 Dawn Battin Maple Elaine MillerHigh School 
 Susan BensonMiddle School North  Candy O'BryanProgram Coordinator 
 Jaymie BrownCedar     Beth OrnelasMiddle School South 
 Susan CaveneyDistrict School Psychologist  Dru Pearcy White Oak
 Betsy ChambersCedar  Kim PecarHigh School 
 Teresa ClarkPreschool  Lori Rice    
 Jill DeBowMiddle School South  Haley RoeschRiver Birch 
 Kristen DeHartRiver Birch  Katie Rytlewski Cedar
 Jinger DykesDistrict OT  Diane StaffordHigh School 
 Gwen FuhrmanPine Tree  Sarah Steurzenberger Hickory
 Ashley Harris AIS East Michael Taylor Technology
 Stacey HerrMiddle School North  Kathy Walden Pine Tree
 Kimberly LoboskyMiddle School North & South  Kim Waldo AIS West
   Gwynn Wills District Autism Consultant