AutismPro comes as a substantial growth in the number of students diagnosed with autism puts a huge strain on the capacity of school systems to serve these students nationwide.
In 2000, there were 93,000 students with autism attending U.S. schools, according to Virtual Expert Clinics. Now, there are more than 300,000 cases, and many industry professionals expect this number to increase to 500,000 by 2010.
The cost of educating a developmentally delayed child, like those classified on the autism spectrum, continue to climb and are generally considered to be four to 10 times that of other children (approximately $40,000 to $80,000 per year). In addition, districts are often confronted by well-prepared parents who are armed with resources that can force districts to provide a “high-quality” education for their autistic child–which, when placed offsite via a court order, can cost more than $100,000 per child, per year.
“What our school districts need are ways to demystify autism for the general education teacher and frontline educator–those people who work directly with students with autism,” said Custer. “Teachers and district administrators need full-time access to evidence-based resources that can provide solutions to complex issues. They need an efficient way to monitor and track the progress of each student. And finally, they need a solution that can effectively communicate the status and progress of each student to all people involved–teachers, special-education teams, parents, and administrators.”
AutismPro Workshops is available for as little as $50 per teacher for district implementations, while AutismPro Resources starts at $2,500 per school.