Autism Scholarship Program
The Autism Scholarship Program (ASP) gives the parents of children with autism who qualify for a scholarship the choice to send the child to a special education program other than the one operated by the school district of residence to receive their education and the services outlined in the child's individualized education program (IEP).
Any student who has been identified by their district as a child with autism and for whom the district has created an individualized education plan (IEP) qualifies for the Autism Scholarship program.
The student must have a current IEP from the district of residence that is finalized and all parties, including the parent, must be in agreement with the IEP.
A child is eligible to apply to participate in the program when the child turns three.
The Autism Scholarship Program year for 2015-2016 begins July 1, 2015, and continues through June 30, 2016.
As of 8/31/2015 at 11:00 am there have been 3,137 scholarship applications submitted.
Rules and Law
The rules ensure parents of children with autism are informed about the requirements and process to obtain a scholarship, inform prospective providers of the requirements to become a program provider, inform providers of their responsibilities and inform school districts of their responsibilities for children residing in the district who participate in the program.
Section 3310.41 of the Revised Code establishes the ASP and requires the Ohio Department of Education to adopt rules prescribing procedures to implement the program.
Last Modified: 9/2/2015 12:09:12 PM