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ERIC Number: ED560982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
States Grapple with Autism's Rising Tide. Special Education: Autism
Kreck, Carol
Education Commission of the States
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. In recognizing the increasing needs of children affected by ASD, as well as the associated financial implications for local governments, some states are re-assessing their current systems of support and looking for better and more efficient ways to serve individuals with ASD and their families. As states have struggled to respond to the phenomenon, they have formed task forces, created pilot programs and launched resource and support services. State leaders continue to grapple with numerous issues related to increased reports of autism, from best practices in the classroom to students who wander away from campus. While some of these areas delve into federal or local policy spheres, this report is intended to aid state leaders by providing examples of state activity, national context and recent research findings. The following contents are included in this report: (1) Early Diagnosis and Quality Intervention; (2) Cost of Care; (3) Professional Training; (4) The Power of Technology; (5) Inclusion versus Separate Classrooms, Separate Schools; (6) Students Who Bolt or Wander Off; and (7) High School Transitions.
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States