Schools and Childcare

Young children, youth, and adolescents spend a significant about of time in school, expanding their academic, social, and life skills. However, while in school, they often require various supports and accommodations. By law, children with ASD are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). This means, they must receive appropriate supports and minimal restrictions to help them be successful in an educational program. There are many possibilities including public or private schools, inclusive education classes or classes specifically for children with disabilities, charter schools, and home schooling – all with a wide-range of accommodations. It is important to know as much as possible about a child’s education. From early childcare through higher education or vocational school, use the tools and resources in the Schools and Childcare to learn more about helping children and youth with ASD get what they need from their educational programs.

Child Care and Preschool

Elementary and Middle School

High School

Vocational School

Higher Education

Additional Kohl's Autism Awareness Resources

External Resources

10 Must-Have Documents for Parents of Children with Specail Needs

12 Questions to Ask About Your Child's School Bus Ride

Advocacy Tool Kit

Asperger's Syndrome and Pursuing Eligibility for Services

Autism after age 21

Autism through the Lifespan - Transitions

Bullying and Autism Spectrum Disorder

College Bound Help

College Planning for the High Functioning Student with Autism

Council for Exceptional Children

Developing an Individualized Transition Plan

Educating the Student with Asperger Syndrome

Executive Functioning (Free Appropriate Public Education)

From IDEA to ADA: Legal Rights & Responsibilities Change after High School

How to Get the Most out of Your IEP Meeting

Inclusion: Leading the Way in Access for Everyone

Individualized Education Guide (IEP) and Other Resources

Life After IEP's

Lessons Learned from the First Year of College

One-on-One Playdates

Peer Mentoring

Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide (Autism Speaks)

Preparing the School for Your Child with Asperger's Syndrome

Preparing the School for Your Child with Autism

Student-Directed Transition Planning

School Community Tool Kit

Special Education Terms and Definitions

Sticks and Stones will Break my Bones

Surviving Middle School

Understanding the Student With Asperger's Syndrome: Guidelines for Teachers

Teaching what Matters

The 5-Point Plan - Fostering Successful Partnerships with Families of Children with Disabilities

Teaching Tips for Children and Adults

The Hidden Curriculum

The LD Navigator

Tips for Teaching High Functioning People with Autism

Toddler Talking – Tips for Parents

Transition Toolkit - Autism Speaks Family Services Toolkits

Understanding Special Education

Understanding the Student With Asperger's Syndrome: Guidelines for Teachers

What is IDEA?

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