Which college is best for kids who have autism?
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A new poll from the nonprofit Autism Speaks found that students who attend the most expensive public colleges are most likely to have autism, but students who do the least are likely to also be at risk of it.
The poll found that while students who attended a private school with the highest rate of students with autism were at a much greater risk of the condition, students who went to a public school that had the lowest rate were at significantly lower risk.
While the results of the poll are not yet publicly released, they were released on Tuesday in the form of a press release.
Students at a private, public, and charter school in California who scored at or above the cutoff for autism had the highest risk of autism at 7.4 percent, while students with the lowest risk were at 2.9 percent.
Students who scored below the cutoff had the second lowest risk at 2 percent.
The most expensive private school in the study was the University of California, San Diego, which had the ninth highest rate for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 3.3 percent.
More:The most expensive charter school was the College of William & Mary, which scored the highest with students at 5.7 percent.
The survey of 3,000 students in more than 200 public, private, and charters schools in the U.S. found that those who were enrolled in more expensive private schools scored about the same on autism as those who had attended public schools with the least autism risk.
The least expensive public schools scored slightly lower, with students scoring below the threshold for autism at 2 percentage points.
The survey also found that, for those who have a diagnosed autism spectrum disorder, the more expensive schools were least likely to provide the services that the students need.
The results of this new study suggest that students should consider which schools are best suited for their specific needs, says Jennifer M. Tans, executive director of Autism Speak.
If you’re looking for a public high school with a high graduation rate, you’ll be better off attending a private high school.
If your child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders, it’s also possible to attend a public, charter school with no autism risk at all.
“There’s definitely a lot of potential here for parents to really make informed choices,” says Tans.
“If you’re going to have a high school where you’re the only one who’s enrolled, it may be wise to go to a private college or university, or even charter school if you’re worried about what the costs will be,” says Kari E. Puckett, executive editor at Autism SpeAK.
“The more you know about the programs and services, the better you can prepare for your child.”
The research was published online this week in the journal Pediatrics.
A new poll from the nonprofit Autism Speaks found that students who attend the most expensive public colleges are most…
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