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Feature Issue on Supporting Success in School and Beyond for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota • Volume 19 • Number 3 • Fall/Winter 2006/07

From the Editors

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are reported as the sixth most commonly classified disability among young people receiving special education services in American schools, and it has been estimated that as many as 500,000 young people in the U.S. (birth to 21 years) have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (CDC, 2006; There is still much to be learned about ASD – about the causes; the best ways to identify ASD in early childhood and begin early interventions; and the best ways to support the academic, social, and vocational success of students with ASD. In December 2006, President Bush signed into law an act that, among its provisions, includes allocation of funding for further research on the frequency and causes of ASD, as well as research to improve screening tools and interventions. As that and other research adds to our current knowledge, educators, families, and individuals with ASD will have more information to use in making decisions that support the development of the full potential of each student with ASD. While that work of seeking to better understand ASD continues, there are some things that have been discovered so far that are important in supporting success in school and beyond for students with ASD. It is those insights that we share in this Impact.

What's Inside

Overview Articles

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Definitions and Implications

New Autism Act Signed

Identification and Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

Navigating the Maze of Special Education Law and Practice with Students with ASD

Providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services for Students with ASD

Critical Skill Sets for Special Education Teachers Working with Students with ASD

Early Intervention for Children with ASD

Effective Practices for Students with ASD

Effective Transition Planning for Learners with ASD Approaching Adulthood

Teaching Social Skills to Students on the Autism Spectrum

Best Practices in Promoting Friendship Development for Students with ASD

Beginning Communication Approaches with Young Children Who Have ASD

Supporting Children and Youth with ASD Who Exhibit Challenging Behavior

Tips for Preparing Your Classroom

Personal Profiles

This is Me: Ryan's Story

Our Wonderful, Complex Son Keith

"A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes": Brian's Story


Federal Programs Offering ASD Research and Resources

Resources for Educators, Families, and Individuals with ASD

Publication Information

Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord

Issue Editors:

Karen Cadigan Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Lesley Craig-Unkefer Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Joe Reichle Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Phil Sievers
Autism Spectrum Disorders, Special Education Policy Division, Minnesota Department of Education, St. Paul

Impact is published quarterly by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD), and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. This issue was supported, in part, by Grant #90DD0579 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services; and Grant #H133B031116 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education.

The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, College, University, or their funding sources.

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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota ( Citation: Cadigan, K., Craig-Unkefer, L., Reichle, J., Sievers, P., & Gaylord, V. (Eds.). (Fall/Winter 2006/07). Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting Success in School and Beyond for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, 19(3). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].


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