Scaffolds

Building supportive communities for individuals with disabilities

Special Educator Training Modules

Supporting Students with Special Needs: Online Training Modules for School-Based Professionals who Support Students with Disabilities The following series of open-access training modules, developed by Hussman & Holman (2018) in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, has been developed to offer systematic training and support for school-based professionals who work with students with disabilities. They include essential content and skills intended to…

Presume Competence Guide

Presume Competence A guide to successful, evidence-based principles for supporting and engaging individuals with autism This comprehensive, research-based guide from the Hussman Institute for Autism provides fundamental information to help parents, teachers, and others who support individuals with autism. The guide provides useful strategies for communication, instruction, positive behavior supports, inclusion, relationship-building, and more, emphasizing the competence, dignity, strengths, and equality of those with…

The Scaffolds Model

The Scaffolds model comprises a core set of principles and practices that can be embedded into activities of daily life, recreational activities, classrooms, and community settings, in order to support and include individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. This website has been developed to disseminate open-access resources, training materials, information, and program models to create an active network of supportive communities. Scaffolds principles…