The Good, Bad and Ugly: Advocating for Children with Autism in School By. Marquis Carter Grant

Introduction

This issue of NASET's Autism Spectrum Disorder series was written by Marquis Grant and is titled, The Good, Bad and Ugly: Advocating for Children with Autism in School. A report delivered by the U.S. Department of Education estimated that in 2009 there were 5.8 millino children between the ages of 6 and 21 were being served in special education (Edweek, 2011). This was a drastic increase from the 1,666,000 children in 1963 and the 2,100,000 children in 1966 that were reported by Mackie (1969). The numbers for autism have shown an even greater increase, with 1 in 88 children receiving a diagnosis under the autism spectrum. These numbers are extremely important because, if this trend continues, more parents will face a likelihood of a diagnosis for their children. How we face these diagnoses could make the difference between having children who are successful in the classroom and having children who suffer needlessly.

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