Autism Expressed

We are the first and only interactive learning system teaching today’s essential digital life skills to students with autism.

If our expectation is that people with autism will have opportunities available to them to fully participate in communities to be gainfully employed and to have meaning life experience, then teaching digital literacy is going to be a big part of that.

David Mandell, Sc. D. Director, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, University of Pennsylvania, Associate Director, Center for Autism Research, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Our Story

Autism Expressed was born out of advocacy and designed for teens and tweens, just like yours. The Autism Expressed digital curriculum was created by Michele McKeone, M. Ed., a teacher from a Philadelphia public high school. Michele believed her students needed more options for life after high school and thus her digital skill building program took flight. While her students’ abilities varied greatly, verbal and non-verbal alike, everyone started with the basics and all created their own portfolio. Using the curriculum and methodology of Autism Expressed, she led her classroom to win third place in a regional technology competition. By teaching her students marketable, digital life skills she was able to increase her students transition outcomes and post-secondary opportunities including college and vocational participation.

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Just as Michele saw a need for more services for her own students, we hear parents loud and clear when they ask for more to support their child’s transition to independence. With an increase in early intervention resources, we are seeing an increase in educational outcomes; however, there are still very few resources to support adolescents and many are left without a plan for their future transition. In fact, more than 50% of students with an ASD, leaving high school in the past 2 years had no participation in employment or post-secondary education.

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“As with most school districts across the country, technology is an area of need. Districts are mainly using technology as a tool for remediation and skill enhancement, while forgetting to instruct the real world applications of technology. Autism Expressed fills that need. The program combines skill enhancement and real world applications that assists students with learning how to understand, interact, and develop the tools to find their voice in this world.”

Dr. Alton Strange, Transition Coordinator, Office of Specialized Services at the School District of Philadelphia

Scientific Advisory Board

Autism Expressed’s curriculum is based off of well researched and proven methodology. We have a team of experts behind all content, as detailed below.

Michele L. Miller, Ph.D, Ed. D.

Professor at the Drexel University, School of Education

Michel is an Assistant Professor at Drexel University in the School of Education (SoE). Dr. Miller developed a special education teacher certification program at the undergraduate and graduate level including a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her research focuses on ipad application to support student learning.

David Mandell, Sc. D.

Director of Center of Mental Health Policy and Services Research, UPenn School of Medicine

David is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Center of Mental Health Policy and Services Research, UPenn School of Medicine. For the past 15 years, he has conducted research on strategies to improve quality of care for individuals with autism in community settings.

Catherine Chase, M. S.

LDTC, Psycho-Educational Diagnostician and Learning Consultant/ Reading Specialist

Catherine is a Psycho-Educational Diagnostician and Learning Consultant providing interventions in attention, learning and behavior with over 30 years of experience. Chase was the first educator to receive a Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Autism Expressed was developed in a special education classroom, by a special education teacher, it is designed for you!

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