A recent study published on-line in the journal Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities examined factors other than IQ and severity of autism symptoms which might determine educational placement decisions. The findings indicate that where a child lives may significantly impact their placement in an inclusive or segregated classroom. Of the ten least inclusive states New Jersey is among seven in the Eastern United States that have the most restrictive placement rates.
Jennifer Kurth, assistant professor of special education at the University of Kansas studied U.S. Department of Education placement data for children with autism in the nation’s school between 1998 and 2008. Disability Scoop reported that Kurth’s study found “on average, about 37 percent of students on the spectrum spent 80 percent of their school day in inclusive environments. But the numbers varied considerably from one place to the next, ranging from just 8 percent in Washington, D.C. to 62 percent in Iowa.”
Below are links so that you can read more on the impact of state residence on placement for students with autism.