ERIC Number: ED231149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Autism in Virginia: A Statewide Study. Summary. [and] A Study of Statewide Services for Persons with Autism in Virginia. Final Report.
Bauserman, Deborah; And Others
The two documents combined here both pertain to the same 18 month study of autism in the state of Virginia. "Autism in Virginia" is a six page summary of the 250 page final report; it is intended for parents and professionals needing to get at the highlights of the larger document. The final report presents detailed findings from a study of services for persons with autism in Virginia. A literature review section includes an annotated bibliography on 17 aspects, including history of autism, definition, assessment, etiology, education and treatment, family factors-parent involvement, adolescence and adulthood, model programs, and books for children. Each section includes a narrative summary and references for further reading in addition to the annotated listing. Data gathering involved developing a checklist for the definition of autism; surveying 118 parents or guardians; surveying public schools, and public and private institutions; and evaluating services based on site visits to 12 facilities. (Parent survey, autism checklist, and evaluation information are appended.) Among the findings were that: 98 percent of the persons described by their parents on the Autism Checklist were considered to be autistic; parents indicated primary needs for education and training in socialization, specifically in the use of leisure time; and that most available services reported by 41 facilities included education, training or treatment/growth services followed by identification, support, and family services. Specific recommendations were offered for identification and diagnostic services (including adoption of a state definition of autism); education, training, and treatment services; related support services (including establishment of mandatory levels of speech and language training); family services; employment services (including funding for followup); living services; and social, legal, and informational services (including use of a computerized management information system). (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Richmond. Developmental Disabilities Unit.
Authoring Institution: School for Contemporary Education, Springfield, VA.
Note: The study was also conducted by Grafton School, Berryville, Virginia.