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Building Evidence for Technology and Autism (BETA)

Intervention-based research for autism can confuse integration with inclusion. Integration has a focus of supporting the autistic individual to adapt to their environment (eg social skills training) whilst inclusion attempts …

Autistic Strengths

The diagnosis of autism focuses upon challenges that can be experienced by autistic people. However, it is important to remember that we all differ, including people who may be autistic, …

Tips for inclusion in the classroom

The UK Government provides advice for newly qualified teachers to support SEND learners, which includes autistic learners. These 8 pillars of inclusion reflect the context in which teachers are working: …

What is the Index for Inclusion?

The Index for Inclusion is a set of materials to guide schools through a process of inclusive school development. The Index for Inclusion can be understood as a set of …

Autism in special schools

This section addresses two types of special schools: General special schools and autism-specific special schools. General special schools General special schools are schools wholly for pupils with Special Educational Needs …

Autism in mainstream schools

Earlier we saw that most autistic children (70%) are in mainstream schools. However being physically in a school is not the same as being included in the school. Inclusion is …

A future autism and education strategy (UK)

In England, the Autism Act (2009) was the first disability-specific legislation to be passed by Parliament and focused on strategies for supporting autistic adults. Also in the UK Parliament, an …

Autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability

Some autistic children have additional developmental, psychiatric, or medical diagnoses or conditions (eg epilepsy). These are sometimes described as co-morbidities or co-morbid disorders. In other words, co-morbidities are additional conditions …

Autism and co-occurring conditions

Autism rarely occurs in isolation. Intellectual Disability is one of the most commonly co-occurring conditions but there are others to consider. One study employed a clinical sample of young autistic …

Defining intellectual disability

This section will focus on intellectual disabilities – sometimes called learning disabilities and formerly referred to as “mental retardation”. Throughout this course we will use the term intellectual disability or …