Autism Spectrum Disorder

According to state law, Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental disability that includes Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders, as described in the current version of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM.

The disability is generally evident before 3 years of age and significantly affects verbal, non- verbal, or pragmatic communication and social interaction skills and results in an adverse affect on the student’s educational performance. 

Other characteristics often associated include the following:

  • Engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements.
  • Resistance to environmental change in daily routines.
  • Unusual responses to sensory experiences.
Autism Spectrum Disorder does not apply if a student’s educational performance is adversely affected primarily by an emotional disability, blindness or low vision, deaf-blindness, or an intellectual disability, unless the characteristics  of ASD are demonstrated to a greater degree than is normally attributed to these disabilities.

The evaluation report must include assessment results aligned with the most recent DSM criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Identification and eligibility for special education is determined by a case conference committee considering the results of the Multidisciplinary Team Evaluation.

Required components of the evaluation are indicated on “Required Assessment Components for Eligibility Areas” form.


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