|Monarch School-Age Program
In recent years philosophies of educational programming for children with Autism have expanded in response to changing theories of intervention for all special needs children. I.D.E.A. and No Child Left Behind mandate access to general education classes and inclusive styles of programming. The Monarch Program has been at the forefront of inclusive programs for students with autism spectrum disorder since 1994, when the Emory Autism Center received a grant from the Childhood Autism Foundation (CADEF) to address inclusive education for students with Autism. With this core funding, the Monarch Program has developed and implemented a nationally recognized Inclusion Project for close to 600 students with this disorder through on-site technical assistance and training. Because of the Monarch Inclusion Project, students with Autism are able to enjoy increased amounts of exposure to typical students. Many students with autism are now fully included in general education classes because of the inclusion project.
The Monarch's School Inclusion Project incorporates a number of strategies to aid in regular educational placement. The following components of this project are considered essential for a successful inclusion program for children with autism:
Although grant funding is only available for counties in Georgia, school systems wishing to replicate this project, or inquiring about detailed information can obtain details by calling (404)727-8350.