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What is the difference between Event and Program?
An Event is the first step on a continuum of events, or what Rudy calls a "gateway."
An Event is autism-only, and may happen only once a year.
A Program is autism-only, and more regular, structured, and engaging.
I also use another category:
An Inclusive Event or Program welcomes other people with and sometimes without disability. Is not autism-only, but still provides support for individuals with autism.
Event Program Inclusive Events & Programs
One way to think of this range of programs is as a "Continuum of Experiences"*
For more context, check out Lisa Jo Rudy's
* Concept from the Pop Group museum from my research.
A similar concept is being used in Special Education at public schools.
Definition from Lisa Jo Rudy
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