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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism2001




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With the prevalence of autism now at 1 in 68 American children, school systems and educators are struggling to understand these students and to learn the strategies necessary to their success in the classroom. Many children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome can graduate with a high school diploma and learn the academic and adaptive skills necessary to pursue higher education and/or meaningful work, yet unemployment rates for adults with autism range between 88–95%. It is imperative that they receive an education that addresses their unique needs and strengths. Partnership for Extraordinary Minds is dedicated to providing comprehensive resources to help parents, educators, and policy makers understand and meet the educational needs of these extraordinary students.

Your donation will allow xMinds to:
  • Maintain and expand the information and resources provided on our website
  • Host events in Montgomery County Maryland to provide families with essential information about  the placements, services, and accommodations available to their children with autism and Asperger's Syndrome, as well as information to help parents advocate for positive educational experiences and outcomes
  • Print a "Back-to-School Kit" to explain the underlying characteristics of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome to general education teachers and school administrators, and to provide basic strategies for managing challenging behavior
  • Assist teachers in acquiring vital training to help them understand the characteristics of autism and Aspergers and how these characteristics impact learning, and learn evidence-based educational interventions 
  • Publish an e-newsletter with relevant news articles, current research, effective strategies, and resources
  • Host events where families can share experiences and ideas, and that provide a fun, welcoming environment for diverse children
When I make a charitable contribution, is that contribution tax-deductible?
We obtained 501(c)(3) status in July 2009. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

When I donate, will I get a receipt?
You will receive a confirmation e-mail that serves as your receipt, or you can print the confirmation page that appears on your computer screen after you’ve completed your contribution. Always keep a hard copy of your receipt for your tax records.

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You can also mail a check payable to Partnership for Extraordinary Minds to 5004 Wickett Terrace, Bethesda, MD 20814.  
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Improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum in grades K-12

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