Parma City School District opens new A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism

PARMA, Ohio — After a slight construction delay, Parma City Schools’ new A.C.E.S. (Accept, Champion, Educate and Support) Center for Education is nearly finished.



a stove top oven sitting inside of a kitchen: Parma City Schools' A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism is located in Parma High School's north wing.


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Parma City Schools’ A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism is located in Parma High School’s north wing.

The innovative program designed to better serve special education students — specifically children with autism — is located at Parma Senior High School.

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“We’re about two weeks out from the actual facility, which is currently being finished,” said Robert Hoon, director of the district’s Office of Exceptional Students. “So we’re using a temporary space for right now, which we opened the last week. It was a fantastic first week back.

“The students have been completely engaged with our staff, teachers, assistants and related service providers. We’ve done a phenomenal job of getting them acclimated to the center.”

That acclimation included A.C.E.S. Center

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Parma City Schools District opens new A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism

PARMA, Ohio — After a slight construction delay, Parma City Schools new A.C.E.S. (Accept, Champion, Educate and Support) Center for Education is nearly finished.

The innovative program designed to better serve special education students — specifically children with autism — is located at Parma Senior High School.

“We’re about two weeks out from the actual facility, which is currently being finished,,” Parma City Schools Office of Exceptional Students Director Robert Hoon said. “So we’re using a temporary space for right now, which we opened the last week. It was a fantastic first week back.

“The students have been completely engaged with our staff, teachers, assistants and related service providers. We’ve done a phenomenal job of getting them acclimated to the center.”

That acclimation included A.C.E.S. Center personnel recently providing families and students with a personalized virtual tour of the 3,400-square-foot facility. Formerly two large classrooms, the space has been repurposed

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A Mother Of Two Sons With Autism Launches Special Ed Teaching Career Amid Pandemic

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Leticia Avelar prepares to teach her virtual class from her home in El Cajon....

Photo by Joe Hong

Above: Leticia Avelar prepares to teach her virtual class from her home in El Cajon. Sept. 18, 2020

When Leticia Avelar’s older son Jonah was diagnosed with autism, his first special education teacher helped her navigate the complexities of the special education system. With the teacher’s help, Avelar was able to get the services Jonah needed.

The experience not only filled her with gratitude, but also opened her eyes to a new career.

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“Once he was diagnosed, you kinda just get an initial diagnosis and they’re like, ‘OK, bye!’ For me, I knew there had to be more than that,” she said. “His first special education teacher guided me through the whole process. And I wanted to be that for somebody because I knew how important it

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Online Education And Students With ADHD, Autism, Clinical Anxiety

India is currently dealing with an almost apocalyptic reality, with the ongoing pandemic, a crushing economy, and a crumbling democracy. In the past seven months, India has gone from lockdowns and migrant crisis, to unjust student arrests and irrational debates over a celebrity’s death. One can track the rapid changes in India’s socio-political climate by just glancing at all the major headlines in these past months. However, despite this continuous upheaval, a very crucial system of our society has remained ignored—our education system.

After continuous resistance from students and parents alike, schools and colleges did not open up for the new session. Instead, they switched to digital education. While India has been hopping onto the digital learning train for the past few years now, it is still far from mastering the medium. In trying times like these, it would seem a bit entitled to criticize this arrangement, however considering its

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