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Ability Guidebooks are step-by-step books to help people with autism visit places in their home city.

Ability Guidebooks

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For many people with autism there is anxiety when they have to go somewhere new. An Ability Guidebook shows them what to expect and teachers the steps to be successful. A typical book is "I Am Going To Senate Square!"
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I began making Ability Guidebooks for my own students in Portland, Oregon. Now they are helping students in 36 countries!

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Part of my program in Portland was to take my students with autism out into the community on a daily basis. Some of them had terrible anxiety about new places so I began to make books about our outings.  I would go to the destination the week before, take pictures and write a picture book about how to visit.

It was incredibly successful and a few years later when I was named Oregon Teacher of the Year and an National Education Association Foundation Global Fellow I was able to make more books as I traveled as part of those awards. 

There are now books for 36 countries and on every continent but Antarctica! I am always looking for people to help translate books! There are currently books in English, Italian, French, Spanish, Greek and German with a book for Latvia on its way! There are several books for Helsinki. It would be great to find a classroom or teacher who could translate a book!

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Ability Guidebooks can become a valuable support to help people with autism access their communities. They are often used by general education elementary school classes for field trips as well.
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