Monday, March 26, 2012

Janesville Autism Support Team (JAST)

Janesville Autism Support Team (JAST) is a group made up of certified staff within the School District of Janesville (SDJ) that have expertise in and receive additional training in the area of autism. JAST is made up of professionals from various school buildings (including program support teachers, psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, early childhood teachers, a vision teacher, student service specialists, teachers of students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, and teachers of students with cognitive disabilities) that have an interest in the area of autism. Members of JAST meet one to two times per year with our district autism consultant to network and receive training about topics of interest.

Any certified SDJ staff member can express an interest in being a member of JAST as long as they are able to perform the following job duties when called upon to do so (this should be discussed with building principals in advance):

1. Attend problem solving meetings of students with Autism in assigned buildings or in situations as requested.

2. Attend eligibility and subsequent Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team meetings as determined by team members on IEP paperwork.

3. Provide ongoing support, resources, and follow through as needed to the assigned buildings.

4. Access support from other JAST members and/or Program Support Teachers as needed.

5. Coordinate and participate in district and building level professional development trainings.

All members of JAST are encouraged to attend JAST meetings. If individual members of JAST are meeting with building teams to problem solve or provide training around specific students’ case managers will determine who should be in attendance at those meetings. If meetings are held during the school day every effort is made to keep consistency of staff with the individual with autism as to not disrupt his/her routine. Case managers are expected to gather any information from and share all necessary information with the paraprofessionals that work directly with the students with autism if they are not in attendance at these meetings.

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