Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The OPI is Looking at Changing Our Criteria for Autism

(NOTE: The single day meetings have now been completed. You can find a PowerPoint which describes the next steps here.)

Why change the OPI autism criteria?

Our current criteria was developed in 2000 and is a blend of the IDEA criteria and the DSM IV-R criteria for autism and Aspergers. The understanding of autism spectrum disorder has greatly increased since 2000. The OPI is interested in seeing if we can provide a better, more defined, criteria for autism spectrum disorder than the current rule language
What is the initial process the OPI will to follow to consider a new autism criteria

Rather than create a large, statewide rule revision committee that would have multiple meetings, we are having single-day meetings with different regional groups of educators and others to provide us with ideas, feedback and direction in creating new rule language.  

Members of the public will have a chance to provide comment on the specific language of a revised rule as part of the rule-making process.

Will there be any changes to the Evaluation Report team members?

If the criteria is changed we would plan for implementation in the 2018 school year. The revised criteria would only be required for initial evaluations and would not affect already-identified students unless the ER team chose to re-evaluate the student's continued eligibility as a student with autism.