Sunday, February 10, 2008

Texas law requires educators to spell out autism services

Brandon Guppy, 14, who is autistic, is chased by his brother, Matthew, 15, at a park near their Houston home Saturday. The boys' mother, Michelle Guppy, is among the thousands of Texas parents trying to work through the "autism supplement" for their students.

Texas educators and parents now will need to discuss 11 specific content areas for students with autism under a newly revised state law. But some educators fear that parents will misinterpret the law: "My biggest concern is that it'll be construed that there's an entitlement to these services," said Cynthia Buechler, an attorney who specializes in education issues and is director of the National Educators Law Institute. Houston Chronicle

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