This site offers support resources for parents, teachers, and parents dealing with children/students who have Asperger Syndrome. Sections of the Web site are as follows: bookstore, help support OASIS, important news, message boards, what is AS?, papers and articles, education, support groups, international support, diagnostic scales, related disorders, social skills, schools and camps, adult issues, conferences, clinicians, research projects, newsletters, publicity, legal resources, software, kids' corner, family matters, other AS pages, other autism pages, just for fun, disclaimer, and Webrings.
The major learning goal of the site is to provide users with a plethora of information regarding Asperger Syndrome. Users who are beginning or expert learners in the area of Asperger Syndrome will be able to advance their knowledge of this field. They will be able to access links to organizations, resources, and additional materials to assist them in learning about persons with this particular disability and/or related disabilities.
Target Student Population:
This site would be invaluable for families who have a member with Asperger Syndrome. Teachers in training, particularly those in special education, should be aware of this site not only for their own education, but to be able to share with concerned others.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
A somewhat sophisticated knowledge of Web navigation is required to use this site. So much is included, it would be easy to become lost. Very little content knowledge/skill is needed to access the site or its links. The site offers information as basic as ?what is AS?? to advanced information on laws, organizations, related disabilities, adult and/or child issues, and schools and camps for persons with AS.
Type of Material:
Higher education faculty could use this site as an introduction to Asperger Syndrome and as a reference point for subsequent assignments.
None. Links to outside sources may include additional requirements. All major links appear to be in working order.
Evaluation and Observation
This is an extremely comprehensive site on Asperger Syndrome. This site provides extensive resources, links, and related materials. These include information on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs); laws; related disabilities such as learning disabilities, pervasive developmental disabilities, Tourette Syndrome, and ADHD; organizations; conferences; articles; information on assistive technology; paperwork; and homeschooling. The purpose of the site is to provide a broad array of general strategies and resources to assist educators or others in meeting the needs of, and working with, persons who have Asperger Syndrome. It is equally beneficial for persons with AS, those who are family members, and those who are learning about the Syndrome itself.
In many cases, the sources of information are not documented.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site could be extremely effective in teacher training or in parent/family education. Instructors could use it as a source for students to access as they familiarize themselves with the issues related to persons with this particular type of disability. The sheer number of links, sites, and resources is impressive. There are a variety of products identified that may be of use to interested students and instructors (as well as parents, administrators, etc). General and special education teaching majors could access this site to learn about general strategies for working with students with AS in core content areas.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is relatively simple to negotiate. All text is easily readable. Links within the site all work logically. The user can maneuver within the site without getting lost,
if familiar with sites having multiple links to multiple Web pages. Previous, Menu, and Next buttons are very helpful for navigation within the site. Some of the links provided are to major organizations that will be of great benefit to users. The major categories appear on the left side of the screen and are easy to use for those who are novice Web browsers.
The navigational map could be laid out more clearly so that new users to the Web don't become disoriented in the vast amount of information. There is so much information that it easy to get overwhelmed.
Other Issues and Comments:
While this site has won numerous awards, it is not Bobby approved. Because it is presented in frames, it is likely that many individuals with sensory impairments will not be able to access it. Excellent resource overall!
Comments from Author:
It's important to point out that I am not affliated with the University of Delaware. They donate the space as a public service. I have a mirror site at www.aspergersyndrome.org and eventually everything will move off the UD server and on to the www.aspergersyndrome.org address. At this point in time either URL works.