The Autism Certification Center, https://autismcertificationcenter.org/, is a valuable resource for learning about Autism, particularly if you are a resident of Ohio, as all resources are free. Otherwise, only the first video “Many Faces of Autism,” described below, is free.
The other videos are titled “Toddler and Preschool Age,” “School Age,” and “Transition Age.” Each of those video programs are approximately 10.5 hours long, but for a new parent or someone who is newly interacting with a student with autism, the time investment is minimal compared to its importance. You can also receive professional development certificates following completion. I personally completed the Many Faces of Autism section and found it engaging and applicable to my future work, and believe that almost anyone who has not had a lot of experience with this population would gain value from these resources.
“Many Faces of Autism
A free course that will introduce you to characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and dispel common misconceptions through the experiences and perspectives of individuals on the autism spectrum. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, neighbor, co-worker, teacher, bus driver, or librarian, you will find valuable insights and information in this 90-minute course.
Estimated Time to Complete Course: 1.5 Clock Hours” via https://autismcertificationcenter.org/