Autism Spectrum Disorder

Oakland County students with an eligibility of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) receive instruction within their home school district, a neighboring district, or a county center for all program.

Oakland Schools supports teachers who educate students with ASD to improve student achievement and engagement in order to close achievement gaps that exist ​between students with and without IEPs in the following ways:


ASD Lending Library

Oakland County public school educators may borrow materials for up to 30 days.

Please contact by email or visit the Materials Center webpage to register, browse the catalogue or checkout materials via our web-based system.

Best Practices

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders is a multi-university center promoting the use of evidence-based practice for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. 

The Autism Internet Modules (AIM) website features content from experts on ASD across the nation on topics including assessment and identification, characteristics, evidence-based practices and interventions, transition to adulthood, and employment.

The Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) summarizes research on many different therapies.

National Standards Project: This project’s primary goal is to provide critical information about which interventions have been shown to be effective for individuals with ASD.

Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM): AFIRM Modules are designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an EBP with learners with ASD from birth to 22 years of age. Supplemental materials and handouts are available for download.

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) serves as a clearinghouse for information on research, resources, and trends to address the autism challenge. The center offers training, technical assistance, and consultation to build professional and program capacity to foster individual learning and growth.

Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) is funded by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education to provide evidence-based training, technical assistance, and resources to school-based teams in Michigan that support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


Instruction & Assessment



Karen Beeler

Supervisor, SP Capacity Building

Robin Erkfritz

Special Education Consultant

Amy Gjonaj

Special Education Consultant

Colleen Meszler

Special Education Consultant