Education is an important aspect of the environmental influences on autism, and effective education can have a significant effect on outcome for those on the autism spectrum. This Handbook explores the key concepts, debates and research areas in this dynamic field. Contributions from a wide range of countries and cultures are organised into six key sections: Part 1: Learning Needs and Educational Responses; Part 2: Early Intervention, Education in Core Domains and Family Support; Part 3: School-Based and Academic Education: Access and Support; Part 4: Collaborative Working in Education; Part 5: Education for Life and Barriers to Education; Part 6: Data Collection in Education and Measurement of Progress. The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education is a definitive resource for researchers, postgraduate students, reflective practitioners and teachers who wish to know and understand current views of the nature of autism, and best practice in educational support.

Cultural Issues in Education for Those with Autism

Cultural Issues in Education for Those with Autism

Cultural issues in education for those with autism
Jorge Benavides-Rawson Roy Richard Grinker

Culture is a concept not limited to patients … clinicians and service systems, naturally immersed in their own cultures, have been ill-equipped to meet the needs of patients from different backgrounds. (Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, 2001, p. 6)


The education and treatment options for children with autism or any other developmental disorder are necessarily linked to the clinical categorizations of these conditions; a child needs to have a clinician's diagnosis on record to be able to access educational and therapeutic interventions, especially those that are state funded. Even ...

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