Training Staff to Help Kids with Autism

According to the United States Department of Education, more than 80 percent of children with autism are in general education classes for at least part of each day and that nearly all school staff members interact with a student with autism on a regular basis.

In addition, a study by the Special Education Expenditure Project (conducted for the U.S. Department of Education) found that special education classes, therapists, aides, transportation, and facilities for a student with autism cost on average nearly $19,000 per year, or roughly triple the cost of a typical student. Providing training and having autism-focused resources available to general education teachers and staff will help significantly to decrease these expenditures for districts nationwide.

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