The Los Angeles Unified School District is dedicated to the belief that students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) need access to a variety of program and service delivery options to meet their individual needs. The Autism Program Support Office of LAUSD's Division of Special Education focuses on developing and supporting new and innovative educational programs; coaching and supporting teachers, paraprofessionals and other school personnel in addressing the needs of students on the autism spectrum; as well as providing professional development on various topics addressing ASD.
The following are examples of possible program options within LAUSD:
- Inclusive programs with supports/services : Head Start, California State Preschool Program and School Readiness Language Development Program, Preschool Collaborative Classrooms
- Special Day Programs (SDP): Preschool Mixed, Preschool for All Learners, Autism, and Preschool Comprehensive classrooms at selected general education sites
- General Education with Designated Instruction and Services (DIS) and Supports
- General Education with Resource Support
- Any Special Day Program IF it will meet the unique needs of the student with ASD on a general education campus
- SDP specifically for students with autism or High Functioning/Asperger on a general education campus
- SDP on Special School site
- General Education with DIS and Supports
- SDP Autism, High Functioning/Asperger, Special Schools, Community-Based Instruction (CBI)
- SDP for students with mild-moderate disabilities IF it meets the unique needs of the student with ASD
High Functioning/Asperger Autism Program
- Program addresses the unique needs of the high functioning student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)/Asperger Syndrome
- Students are based in general education classes, with the support of the Special Education Teacher or paraprofessional going into the general education setting when needed
- Embedded social communication development and pragmatic language are the primary focus
- The student may be "pulled" into the smaller, special education classroom to work on specific behavioral and/or social skills, or possibly for specific academic instruction on a limited basis
This site has been developed as part of an ongoing effort to support staff, students, and families. Use the navigation bar on the left to move between major topic areas within the web site. Most of the topic areas to the left also include sub-menus and some of those individual pages have additional links built in. Keep checking back to look for new information as we continue to develop this support resource for you.
LAUSD does not provide medical or legal advice regarding autism. The information provided on these pages should not serve as a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource or service provider and does not replace the individualized advice of medical, legal or educational professionals. LAUSD has not validated, and is not responsible for, any information or services provided by third parties. If you have specific questions regarding your LAUSD student or child and his or her educational needs please contact our offices and we will be happy to assist you.