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ERIC Number: EJ902516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1087-3414
An Examination of the Changing Rates of Autism in Special Education
Brock, Stephen E.
California School Psychologist, v11 p31-40 2006
Using U.S. Department of Education data, the current study examined changes in the rates of special education eligibility classifications. This was done to determine if classification substitution might be an explanation for increases in the number of students being found eligible for special education using the Autism criteria. Results reveal that as the rates of Autism have gone up, the rates of mental retardation (MR), emotional disturbance (ED), and specific learning disability (SLD) have gone down. From these data it was concluded that it is possible that the increased numbers of students found eligible for special education using Autism criteria, is at least in part a function of IEP teams being increasingly more willing and able to use autism criteria instead of MR, ED, and SLD criteria. (Contains 5 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California