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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurobiological disorder with varying degrees of impairment in communication skills; social interactions; and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. By January 2011, 15,976 children were receiving supports and services in Michigan under the ASD category of eligibility.
The LINKS Peer to Peer program is an evidence-based practice with benefits for both LINK peers and students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The STatewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project works with school districts to implement the LINKS Peer to Peer program.
A new FOCUS on Results document from the Center for Educational Networking examines the history and success of LINKS Peer to Peer programs in Michigan. The report shows that student engagement and outcomes improve when students have individualized education program (IEP) goals aligned to state standards in general education, and when they have access to general education settings and typical social and communication models (Kurth & Mastergeorge, 2010)
Learn more about Michigan's promotion and support of the LINKS Peer to Peer program. The program is designed to increase opportunities for students with ASD to access the general education curriculum and general education students.
Read this issue of Focus on Results...