AGENCY ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Department of Education
Title 14 Education
900 Special Populations
925 Children with Disabilities
4.3 Eligibility Criteria for Autism: The educational classification of autism encompasses the clinical condition of Autistic Disorder, as well as other typically less severe Pervasive Developmental Disorders, (i.e., Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified). These conditions share important features, and together, comprise the Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Students with educational classifications of autism may have ASD of differing severity as a function of the number and pattern of features defined in the eligibility criteria listed below.
4.3.1 In order for the IEP team to determine eligibility for special education services under the Autism category, the following is required:
188.8.131.52 All students with an educational classification of autism demonstrate a significant, qualitative impairment in reciprocal social interaction, as manifested by deficits in at least two of the following:
184.108.40.206.1 Use of multiple nonverbal behaviors to regulate social interactions;
220.127.116.11.2 Development of peer relationships;
18.104.22.168.3 Spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people, including parent(s) and caregivers; or
22.214.171.124.4 Social or emotional reciprocity.
126.96.36.199 All students with an educational classification of autism also demonstrate at least one feature from either 188.8.131.52.1. or 184.108.40.206.2. below:
220.127.116.11.1 A qualitative impairment in communication, as manifested by: