Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

First Advisor

Sheila McAdams

Abstract

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a very different educational experience than their peers. The process of providing more resources can be beneficial if insurance plans can help families with the cost and coverage. Research findings explain how more resources can help lower socioeconomic families with earlier diagnoses of ASD in their children. Insurance plans and different policies can provide more educational opportunities for those children. Having more coverage on insurance plans will allow more families to seek Applied Behavior Analysis therapy to work with Behavior Technicians. Public school districts can make opportunities available for non-neurotypical students by providing more Board Certified Behavior Analysis therapists in schools. By combining enhanced insurance coverage for therapies as well as developing appropriate programming in public schools, children with ASD could receive a fair and equitable learning experience, as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act policy.

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