Finding and implementing the most effective education plan for an individual with autism can be difficult. The Education Act outlines the services a child with a disability is entitles. The plan needs to meet the specific needs of the child to the committee, the Identification, Placement and Review committee identifies the children who are eligible. In the plan of services according to the Human Rights Code, there is to be no discrimination, but equal treatment in services rendered. Through the plan, all supports are identified; for children with autism, this includes recognized need for autism therapy and autism treatment.
Many different disabilities and conditions fall under the Education Act. Disabilities and conditions included in the group served may include autism, visual impairment, intellectual disability, speech or language impairment, as well as numerous other developmental and emotional disabilities.
The educational services are carried out in a fashion that provides equal treatment for the child with, in this case, autism. In many situations this is in a setting with special education teachers who support the child. In this school placement, children with disabilities are taught in a classroom where teacher to student ratio better meets the child’ needs. For classes such a art and music, the children join the other students. In these classes, additional assistance is usually not needed.
It is essential to note that all education identified in the IEP is to occur in the environment where the child can be most independent and learn. This least restrictive environment is one in which a child is included with non-disabled peers to the greatest extent possible.