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ERIC Number: EJ1008378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Services that Span the Autism Spectrum
Secan, Kristin E.; Mason, Gwendolyn
School Administrator, v70 n2 p29-33 Feb 2013
In 1980, Andrew Egel, then a young professor of special education at the University of Maryland, was elated to hear he had received a $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund a model program in the public schools for children with autism. Reluctant at first, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) agreed to work with Egel on a three-year implementation project. Enrollment in the class grew steadily as parents and staff members saw positive outcomes. Today, Montgomery County enrolls about 2,000 students with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Consistent with national trends, MCPS has experienced an explosion in this number, roughly a 500 percent increase over the last decade. Since the time of its pilot program funded by Egel's grant, MCPS has recognized that, despite common characteristics, students on the autism spectrum have significant differences requiring education opportunities and supports that are tailored to their unique needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland