The DCIU Autistic Support Program works with families and their home school districts to provide a program that best meets the student's individual needs while working toward placement in the least restrictive environment.
The Program provides appropriate services defined in the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) and serves students diagnosed on the autism spectrum ages 5 through 21. Currently 104 students are served in Autistic Support center-based classrooms in the Marple Education Center. The program provides:
- Educational and related services
- Behavioral Support services
- Social Work services
In addition, the program works closely with Delaware County school districts to transition students back to their home schools. Some may transition to a less restrictive class to meet their needs in a typical school setting before returning to their home school. The locations are:
- Ithan Elementary School
- Springton Lake Middle School
- Penncrest High School
Students fourteen years of age and older receive transition services according to their IEP. The Autistic Support program, in collaboration with the OPTIONS program, provides prevocational training, supported and paid employment opportunities.