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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 Last updated  June 2020.