Bridgeport autism director honored

Bridgeport — Doreen Tilt, director of the city school system’s autism spectrum program since 2009, will be honored Saturday at a conference at Southern Connecticut State University.

Tilt will receive the School Administrator Award at  a conference sponsored by SCSU Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autism Services and Resources Center. The award is in recognition of her contributions to bridging communities to better serve people on the autism spectrum. Under Tilt, the city school system has developed an in-house autism program that has allowed the district to expand autism classes and the number of students served in district from 10 classes to 31 in 12 different schools.  The program is self contained but students are also integrated into general education programs as appropriate with support.

The program has been visited by delegations from Japan and Holland. By providing the program in the district, the school system can custom design the program and save money.

The award is one of four being handed out for individuals who have contributed to supporting students on the autism spectrum. The others go to a parent, teacher and community member. Tilt said she has been collaborating with Southern for the past two year in developing its autism spectrum program.

Linda Lambeck