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Metro's Autism Team leader twice honored for her work

Every year the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee (ASMT)  honors an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution in educating the autism community. The Coston Award could go to an educator, therapist, organization, family member, or anyone involved in the autism community from Davidson, Robertson, Sumner, Williamson or surrounding counties. This year's special honor went to Ada Winford, lead teacher for the Metro Schools Autism Team. Ms. Winford received this award at the ASMT Fall Conference on September 21. She also represented Metro Schools at this Spring's Urban Collaborative Conference, which focused on "Covering the Spectrum: Current Trends in the Delivery of Services to Students with Autism." The goal of the Spring Meeting was to learn best practices from nationally recognized researchers and experts from member districts and what they suggest for policy, service delivery, and leadership.

Ms. Winford's presentation, "Extreme Makeover: Classroom Edition: A Comprehensive Coaching Model," was chosen among proposals from many districts across the nation. Only twelve districts had the honor to be named innovative approaches for students with autism.

It was a real honor to have Metro Schools represented among these districts. As a result of positive feedback from many who attended her presentation, members from the Urban Collaborative Group asked Ms. Winford to write a follow-up article for their November 2013 issue.

Congratulations, Ada! And thank you for all you do for Metro families!