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The Source: The Gangs of San Antonio Past | Autism In The Classroom


In the first segment:

"I've not heard you mention the turf because that is what it was about, the Turf," said our caller named Joe who described himself as of the era of the Ghost Town Gang and others that were the topic of our discussion.  From the Olmos pharmacy to the far southside there were small-time gangs all across the San Antonio of the 50s and 60s.  Now in their 70s these old men recount, some with bravado, the histories of their neighborhoods and gangs to Mike Tapia, associate professor of Criminology at UTSA.  Tapia is conducting interviews, compiling for future generations the history of the barrios.  

In the second segment:


"There's an old saying, 'if you've met one person with autism...you've met one person with autism." -Lee Mason

As parents and kids gear up to go back to school where do they need to go and what do they need to do to ensure a quality education?  This question is compounded when your child has special needs in the classroom.  Autism in the classroom can mean a wide variety of things when it comes to teaching, learning, or supporting the educational process.  The spectrum of Autism is wide and varied, meaning the difference between individual education plans can be dramatic.

Jill Haney joined us to talk about her work training and writing about autism and her own personal story of raising a child with a severe form.  And supporting the teachers is no small part of the process, as Dr. Lee Mason from the University of Texas at San Antonio told us.  He co-founded the Texas Education Autism Model (TEAM) center at UTSA, which trains teachers on how to work with and support autistic students.  

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