According to Virtual Expert Clinics, provider of resources for educating students with autism, the number of students diagnosed with autism nationwide is increasing dramatically each year. In 2000, there were 93,000 students with autism attending U.S. schools. Now, there are more than 300,000 cases, and many industry professionals expect this number to increase to 500,000 by 2010.
The cost of educating a developmentally delayed child are generally considered to be four to ten times that of other children (approximately $40,000 to $80,000 per year).
Few districts have the infrastructure to support the growth in students entering the school system who are diagnosed with autism. Most important, most general education teachers are insufficiently trained. This places a great deal of pressure on district leadership to design and implement differentiated instruction plans that meet the expectations of all parties.
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