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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disorders.  The term “spectrum” refers to a wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment.  Some of the commonly known terms may include Asperger’s disorder, Pervasive developmental disorder.  Students on the Spectrum can have a wide range of conditions that can include social and communication impairment. 

Students who are on the Spectrum often compensate for and accommodate the disability by:

  • Becoming strong self-advocates
  • Developing awareness of cognitive strengths and weaknesses
  • Implementing appropriate learning and behavioral strategies
  • Appropriately balancing and reducing course loads
  • Using appropriate testing accommodations, most often a quiet testing area, extended time
  • Using technology, e.g., accessible print, computer technology, FM systems
  • Using note-takers and/or audio recording lectures
  • Develop a good working relationship with their Specialist in SAS
  • Using tutorial support

Related Links
Autism Society of America
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Autism Recovery Centers


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