Norris Teacher Dr. Mary Schlieder Receives Help is Hope Award from Autism Action Partnership

Norris Teacher Dr. Mary Schlieder Receives Help is Hope Award from Autism Action Partnership

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Autism Action Partnership (AAP) has announced that Dr. Mary Schlieder, Ed.D. received the Help is Hope Award at this year’s annual autism benefit. In 2006, AAP established the Help is Hope Award to honor those whose unselfish commitment to the cause of autism advances programs and much needed resources for families and individuals.

Schlieder is a vital person in making AAP’s largest program, Circle of Friends, a success. Schlieder is an educator in the Norris Public School District and has been providing specialeducation services to secondary students for many years. She developed the Circle of Friends program to meet the  needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. Schlieder has helped AAP make this program  available across Nebraska. Dr. Schlieder has taught since 1980 and was the 2008 Nebraska Teacher of the Year.

“AAP is proud to work with such a forward-thinking individual who works tirelessly to make the lives of individuals with autism better,” the Interim Executive Director and Program Manager of AAP, Sara Barada said.

Schlieder’s impact across Nebraska schools has been tremendous through the Circle of Friends initiative, which she spearheaded and continues to facilitate successfully for many students in the Norris Public Schools. For the current school year, 190 schools in Nebraska are implementing Circle of Friends. This is a 70 percent increase from last year. Dr. Schlieder is a key element to the success of the program through her constant support to the educators implementing the program and AAP.

 

More information about AAP and the Circle of Friends program can be found on the organization’s Web site, www.autismaction.org, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/

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