Autism Resources

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders provides professional development and instructional resources to support educator working with students with autism spectrum disorders.

The Autism Guidebook for Washington contains information about autism spectrum disorders, medical evaluation and interventions.

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA) is a research and development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on developing, adapting, and studying a comprehensive school-based and community-based education program for high school students on the autism spectrum.

Autism means a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age three, that adversely affects a student’s educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.
Autism does not apply if a student’s educational performance is adversely affected primarily because the student has an emotional behavioral disability.