Increasing Inclusion Opportunities for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Epilepsy in the School and Community

Participation in school settings and in community organizations is an important part of childhood. For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and epilepsy, opportunities to participate with their peers who do not have disabilities are uncommon due to a lack of accurate information and confidence in education professionals and community leaders. The purpose of this project is to create two handbooks, one for education professionals and one for community organizations, that explain the diagnoses of ASD and epilepsy and provide ways to meet the needs of children with the comorbid diagnosis within general education classrooms and inclusive community organizations. This will increase awareness, knowledge, and confidence of education professionals and community leaders in order to increase inclusion.