IDEA Eligibilities: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Focus Area: Students with Disabilities


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This course is part of our course series on some of the more common categories through which students can be eligible for special education services. In this course, you will build an understanding of how school teams identify students who may have autism, common strengths and needs that students with autism experience, and how to support students with autism. This course is intended for general education teachers and special education teachers who may work with students with autism. While this is part of the IDEA Eligibilities course series, it is not necessary to have taken other courses in the series to benefit from this one.

Explore all courses in the IDEA Eligibilities series:


  • 1 hour self-directed course
  • Participants will need a computer with Internet access


I foster a positive culture in my classroom and school community around disability awareness.

Learning Experience


  • What qualifies a student for special education services under autism
  • What it means to use a strengths-based approach with autism


  • Explore some common strengths and needs that come with autism eligibility and ways of supporting students


  • Commit to supporting the needs of students with autism

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