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A school leader's guide to autism

from Scholastic Administration Magazine

In the past two years, Dan Almeida has seen a steady climb in the number of students on the autism spectrum entering Newton Public Schools in Massachusetts, where he serves as district supervisor of applied behavior analysis services. In 2013, Newton served 250 students with ASD — as of last March, the number stood at 291 of the roughly 12,800 district students. "Newton follows a neighborhood inclusion model very closely," he says. "The goal is for students to walk to a school right near their home. The majority of children on the spectrum are served in their neighborhood schools. To meet the wide range of these students' needs, the district offers various supports — from preschool parent training to a middle school program that helps kids develop social skills." more

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