Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may have a delay in social and/or communication skills. It is important that opportunities to interact with non-disabled peers be provided so that individuals with ASD can learn and practice age-appropriate skills. These opportunities can be supported by participating in inclusive settings. Inclusion is not solely physical placement in an environment with non-disabled peers. It must also involve actual participation in the environment that is equitable to that of the non-disabled peers. Research with students with autism in inclusive contexts has found that there are positive outcomes for many students with autism in inclusive settings if the required supports are in place. This presentation will review the needs of individuals with ASD, strategies for successful inclusion and benefits of inclusion for all stakeholders.

Author: Rebekah Dyer

Published in: World Congress on Special Needs Education (WCSNE-2021)

  • Date of Conference: 22-24 November 2021
  • DOI: 10.20533/WCSNE.2021.0008
  • ISBN: 978-1-913572-43-3
  • Conference Location: Virtual (London, UK)