Graduate Project Title

Effectively Teaching Students with Autism in Inclusive Elementary Classrooms

Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

2013

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

Committee Chair

Lee Plourde

Second Committee Member

S. Schmitz

Third Committee Member

S. Nourse

Abstract

Inclusion is a step in the right direction for providing equal opportunities for those with disabilities. Inclusion is the integration of special education students in general education classrooms to the maximum extent which is appropriate for the individual. Court cases throughout history have paved the way for equality for all students. Great movements such as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2001 began to make a change in the education of students with disabilities. IDEA paved the way for the creation of individualized education plans (IEP) and free appropriate public education (FAPE) for all students and the least restrictive environment (LRE) for those with disabilities. This project will dissect the benefits and weaknesses of inclusion, especially in reference to students with autism. Research supporting students with autism in general education classrooms will be used to provide information for general education classroom teachers who work in this challenging environment to provide the best education possible to students with autism.

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