Special Education for School-aged Children – Continued
Children with ASD may be educated in fully or partially integrated classrooms within the regular school, in a specialized school for children with special needs. Individuals with less intense needs may be included (in classrooms with their typically developing peers) for all or a portion of their school day. Others may require placement in a special education setting to receive an appropriate education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (commonly known as IDEA) states that children are entitled to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). This means that students with disabilities should be included in regular classrooms with their nondisabled peers in the school they would attend if not disabled, to the maximum extent possible with appropriate services to progress and meet their educational goals.
For more information regarding education, contact:
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
US Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: 1.800.USA.LEARN (1.800.872.5327)