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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder Defined; Determination

ASD is considered a lifelong developmental disability that adversely affects a student's educational performance in 1 or more of the following performance areas: ACADEMIC, BEHAVIORAL, SOCIAL.

ASD is typically manifested before 36 months of age. A child who first manifests the characteristics after age 3 may also meet criteria. ASD is characterized by qualitative impairments in reciprocal social interactions, qualitative impairments in communication, and restricted range of interest/repetitive behavior.

Wayne RESA Resources

Wayne RESA ASD staff provides online resources and supports to our districts, students, and families. In addition we are working collaboratively with districts to provide professional development and hotline support during this at home continuous learning time.


Wayne RESA school districts offer a continuum of educational placements for students, pre-k through post-secondary, who have autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and require special education services.

The flow chart shows a continuum of the least restrictive environment placement for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (A

First step:

On the continuum is the general education classroom with or without special education support. Students may receive needed accommodations by the general education teacher. General education teachers may receive strategies/ accommodation support from special education staff.

Second and third step:

on the continuum offers more support from special education. Special education staff may provide anywhere from 1-3 hours of direct or indirect support to a full day of special education programming with other students with disabilities (not only ASD).

Center Programs offer two levels of programming:

Fourth step:

ASD classroom located in a general education building with special and general education students assigned to the building (designated for students who exhibit moderate to severe characteristics of ASD).

Fifth step:

ASD classroom located in a separate facility with only special education students assigned to the building (designated for students who exhibit severe characteristics of ASD).

The ultimate goal of a center program is to provide students with the skills they need to successfully return to their resident district.  With that goal in mind, yearly discussions about the student's  LRE, their life-long goals and the progress they are making towards those goals are essential.

Best Practice Series Resource Page

Yes They Can! Students in Action

Burger School (Student video presentations and skits)

Certificate of Completion

The majority of students in an ASD center-based program follow the Common Core Essential Elements (CCEE).  Therefore most students, who exit an ASD center program after completing the high school curriculum, are eligible for a certificate of completion - not a diploma.  Diplomas are issued based on the MMC aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  Discussions about diploma vs. certificate outcomes should take place early in a student’s school career and continue until the student completes an Educational Development Plan (EDP) in middle school.

(URL) More information on planning for school completion


Melissa Baker

Special Education Consultant – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


Kimberly Krug

Special Education Consultant – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)