Addressing the Academic Needs of Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Secondary Education

Veronica P. Fleury, Susan Hedges, Kara Hume, Diane M. Browder, Julie L. Thompson, Kathy Fallin, Farah El Zein, Colleen Klein Reutebuch, Sharon Vaughn

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The number of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who enter secondary school settings and access the general education curriculum continues to grow. Many educators may find they are not prepared to adapt their instruction to meet both state standards and the diverse needs of the full spectrum individuals with ASD, which has implications for postsecondary success. In this article, we present an overview of current knowledge around academic instruction for this population, specifically (a) how characteristics associated with ASD can impact academic performance, (b) academic profiles of individuals with ASD across content areas, and (c) interventions that have been successful in improving academic outcomes for this population, including special considerations for those individuals who take alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards. We conclude by offering suggestions for future research and considerations for professional development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-79
Number of pages12
JournalRemedial and Special Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The work reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education through Grant R324C120006 and Grant R324B090005 awarded to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


  • academic achievement
  • alternate achievement
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • intervention
  • secondary education


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