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.

The History of Autism Education

The History of Autism Education

The history of autism education
Adam Feinstein


Education often appears to play what Jordan (2006) has called a ‘Cinderella role’ in the treatment of individuals with autism. This is largely because education is frequently not recognised as having a therapeutic role in autism spectrum disorders in addition to being an entitlement. Nevertheless, as Jordan adds,

biological research, while exciting, is a long way from offering a ‘cure’ for autism, and education remains the one treatment approach with the best track record for dealing with the difficulties associated with autism. (2006, p. 22)

Although special education in general is a relatively new concept, students with disabilities have been present in every era and society. One of the earliest and most ...

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