ERIC Number: ED182891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Illinois Autism Study.
The document describes a study on autism in Illinois designed to review relevant legislation, conduct on site visits to a number of programs, collect information about prevalence rates, describe the existing system, identify service deficits and gaps, develop a model comprehensive continuum of services from conception through adulthood, and formulate a statement of actions necessary to implement the model. Chapters address the following topics (sample subtopics in parentheses): description of the population (historical overview, current theory on diagnosis and etiology, Illinois population, prevalence rates); current service system (characteristics of the system, the Department of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities, the public education system, joint responsibilities); proposed continuum of services; prevention; preschool education (early identification, content of educational intervention, range of programs); education of the school age child (physical settings, educational programs and philosophy, personnel, teacher preparation, costs, staff ratio considerations and characteristics, assessment and curricula planning resources, parent involvement and counseling); residential programs; and the autism service center concept. Additional chapters cover a sample budget for providing a psychoeducational program for five autistic children, a summary of the autism study findings, a summary of Title XX provisions, a chart with legislative information, a copy of the autism bill of rights, and a list of references. (SBH)
Descriptors: Autism, Conceptual Schemes, Delivery Systems, Early Childhood Education, Educational Legislation, Educational Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Exceptional Child Services, Models, Prevention, Program Budgeting, Program Evaluation, Residential Programs, State Programs, State Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Div. of Specialized Education Services.
Note: Prepared with the Governor's Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities