Evidence-Based Practice

Federal Legislation IDEIA

Federal legislation now mandates that students with autism receive services that are “based on peer-reviewed research to the extent practicable”..   In other words, students have the right to interventions that are proven to be effective whenever it is feasible. (IDEIA 2004  20 U.S.C. 1414[d][1][a][1][IV] )

This means:

  • Instructors must be able to select and use teaching techniques that are supported by research.
  • Families must be able to determine if their student is receiving evidence-based programs in the classroom.

The benefits of using interventions that are already proven to work include:

  • An Increase in  communication,  socialization and  cognitive development.
  • A decrease in harmful and disruptive behaviors.
  • An unnecessary loss of time and money.

This Autism Training Collaborative is made possible by a grant from The Developmental Disability Council of South Carolina


The South Carolina Autism Society is a 501(c)(3) organization, and a registered charity in the state of South Carolina.  Almost 90% of total expenses go to program services. Click here for more information.


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