On August 15 AASCEND will do something a bit different. (via Zoom, see below.) We have offered to help two Bay Area high school students, Vikram Iyer and Deepesh Aggarwal, develop their fledgling science teaching program, Science for the Bay. Their online program brings high-quality learning experiences to autistic children as well as to children in low-income communities. They offer lessons in Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Python Programming, Physics, and Math. Vikram writes, “Right now, people with special needs or disabilities are not getting the attention they deserve because a lot of places that they rely on for either social interaction or learning are closed. Our classes can provide a way to keep students engaged and learning during this global pandemic.” They were inspired in this project in part by Vikram’s older brother, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was a child.
At the AASCEND meeting Vikram and Deepesh will demonstrate a simple teaching exercise. They would love to hear to our feedback, suggestions, general encouragement, and also offers to collaborate. Let’s pitch in to help with this good-hearted project!
Who: Adults on the autism spectrum, families, mentors and professionals all welcome. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Sat Aug 15, 10am – 11am (approx)
Where: Online via Zoom. The link and password will be emailed a day or so before the event.