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Document Number: 6208

Formative Evaluation of Ohio's Autism Scholarship Program - Autism is the third most common developmental disability in the United States, and Ohio has seen a 1,000% increase in the number of students with autism over the six years leading up to the 2003-04 school year. This report evaluates Ohio’s pilot Autism Scholarship Program, designed to give parents of autistic children the option of seeking alternative special education services for their children, rather than those offered by their school district. Services are provided through private providers, nonpublic schools or public schools in which parents would normally be required to pay for services. The report finds that 5% of Ohio's autistic children have been approved for participation, discusses school district concerns regarding changes to the program and issues recommendations for future action. (Legislative Office of Education Oversight, May 2005)...

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