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Disciplinary Action: Special Education and Autism

IDEA laws, zero tolerance in schools, and disciplinary action

Paul Shattuck

Jessica Rast, Anne Roux, Paul Shattuck


Education, Safety and Risk

Fact Sheet

Data Source

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Key Findings

What is manifest determination and what does it mean for students with autism?
Why are zero-tolerance policies so hotly debated?


Disciplinary action disproportionately affects certain students, including students with disabilities who require access to the least restrictive educational environment, in accordance with IDEA. How do zero tolerance policies affect students with autism? This fact sheet also includes state-by-state breakdowns of the number of disciplinary actions experienced by students with autism.

Suggested Citation

Rast J.E., Roux A.M., Shattuck, P.T. Disciplinary Action in Special Education. National Autism Data Center Fact Sheet Series; Issue 7. Philadelphia, PA: Life Course Outcomes Research Program, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University, 2016.