D.Ed Special Education(ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a group of complex neuro-developmental disorders affecting communication, socialization, thought and behaviour, and include individuals with wide range of functional abilities. The symptoms may vary from being very severe to being very mild. Persons with ASD are entitled to equal rights and opportunities as all other citizens of the country. The number of persons receiving a diagnosis of ASD is increasing rapidly. The prevalence in Western countries is now believed to be higher than 1 in 500 births (National Research Council 2002). Hence, the understanding of diagnostic & intervention issues increase. Meeting the unique needs of persons with ASD is a logical conclusion to this. There is a growing demand for rehabilitation personnel trained especially in this field. The DSE (ASD) course designed in 2003 was the first of its kind to provide human resource development in the field of ASD in India. After running this course for three years in 4 centres in the country, the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) felt the need to revise and upgrade the course, so that it enjoys parity and equivalence with other DSE courses recognized by the RCI. The Council constituted a core committee to go through the structure, content and duration of the course. The present document is the outcome of the sincere efforts by the members of the core committee. This revised course is designed to provide the trainee teacher a comprehensive understanding of ASD and the skill and competence to meet the needs of students with ASD in regular and special education class rooms. img-download-syllabus