Here’s an eye-popping statistic for you: Between 1998 and 2002, the number of California students receiving services for autism almost doubled (10,360 to 20,377), and the number has continued to grow.
State superintendent Jack O’Connell convened a committee to respond to the trend. It has just released recommendations to the governor and state legislature.
Here’s the summary, from the state department of education. What would you add? Take a look and let us know what you think:
- Changes are called for to ensure a seamless delivery of services and early intervention for students with ASD and their families. Also, changes are called for in the dissemination, training, credentials, and certification of people working with students with ASD.
- Develop a statewide, education-focused interagency clearinghouse to provide information on ASD-related, evidence-based interventions, strategies, and other resources.
- Provide technical assistance and training to people at schools to implement and disseminate evidence-based ASD information and strategies.