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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 6/2009

01-12-2009 | Original Paper

What Does it Mean to be Autistic? Inter-state Variation in Special Education Criteria for Autism Services

Auteurs: Jaclyn R. MacFarlane, Tomoe Kanaya

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 6/2009

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Abstract

The prevalence of Autism and other Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) has increased dramatically in recent years. The criterion for a clinical diagnosis of Autism, however, is independent from the special education eligibility requirements for Autism services. While the DSM-IV-TR provides a nationally-accepted definition for Autism and ASD, under federal law, the special education criteria for Autism services can vary from state to state. By analyzing federal, special education child-count data as well as each state’s legal code, this study examines and compares eligibility criteria in all 50 states and Washington DC. Our results reveal inter-state variability in Autism eligibility requirements within special education, and this variability can have an impact on prevalence rates. Implications and recommendations for researchers and practitioners in clinical psychology, public health, education, pediatrics, and public policy are discussed.
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Metagegevens
Titel
What Does it Mean to be Autistic? Inter-state Variation in Special Education Criteria for Autism Services
Auteurs
Jaclyn R. MacFarlane
Tomoe Kanaya
Publicatiedatum
01-12-2009
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 6/2009
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-009-9268-8