Universal Design for Learning and Inclusion for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Learning in general education classrooms is a difficult task for many. Twenty-first century classrooms are faced with challenges of inclusion and meeting the needs of students with a wide range of learning needs. This project implies the importance of resources regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder for general educators and awareness of students’ needs. Planning and preparing lessons for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder require specific accommodations and supports. This project for inclusive classrooms in middle schools describes best practices by incorporating Universal Design for Learning, inclusive practices, accommodations, and supports for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The project is designed around social/emotional needs, behavioral needs, sensory needs, and academic needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The overview of the project includes case studies, accommodations and supports for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Universal Design for Learning lesson design, lesson plan, and ways to direct paraprofessional support in the classroom.