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Project Title

Project Title

National Center on Inclusive Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Disabilities

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Jorgensen, Cheryl

Description

Description

As the population of students with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities (ARD) increases (1 in 110 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the U.S. (CDC, 2010)), educators need strategies and resources to improve their ability to teach these students in general education classrooms and neighborhood schools alongside non-disabled peers. Over 30 years of research has shown that academic and other important outcomes are positively correlated with the amount of time students with ARD spend in general education classrooms. Furthermore, the high costs and poorer outcomes associated with educating students with ARD in out-of-district and/or segregated placements are troubling to families, schools, and communities. These data point to the need for a comprehensive approach to improving outcomes by responding to the following needs: Curricula for scholars enrolled in higher education programs in education and related services based on the most current research and evidence-based practices. Emerging research translated and broadly disseminated to teachers in ways that are accessible, useable, and sustainable. Administrators with the knowledge and skills to support implementation of best practices and sustainability over time. Families, adults with disabilities, and youth with and without disabilities with knowledge and leadership skills to be fully represented in local, state, and national practice and policy. State and national policies informed by best practices in order that regulations, funding formulas, and enforcement activities support access to the general education curriculum, graduation, post-secondary education, and productive adult lives. This project will focus its efforts on seven core areas: leadership, professional development, pre-service preparation, elementary school model demonstration, development of state-level systems of professional development and technical assistance, research and policy, and dissemination. Over 500 professionals and parents will be impacted directly by this project’s activities, and an additional 10,000 will have access to project information and products through our dissemination activities. These project activities will directly affect the educational programs and outcomes of approximately 1,000 students with autism and related disabilities.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2010-2012

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LC. Evaluate new and existing pre-service and in-service training to increase skill levels in service providers, including direct support workers, parents and legal guardians, education staff, and public service workers, to benefit the spectrum of people with ASD to and promote interdisciplinary practice by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $8,000,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

National Center on Inclusive Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Disabilities (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of New Hampshire - Institute on Disability/University Center for Excellence on Disability (UCED)

State/Country

State/Country

New Hampshire

Project Number

Project Number

P116Z100156

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

National Center on Inclusive Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Disabilities | 450000 | 2010 | P116Z100156
National Center on Inclusive Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Disabilities | 0 | 2011 | P116Z100156

 
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