As specified in the IDEIA, your child is entitled to experience the “ least restrictive environment.”240 This means that your child should be placed in the environment in which he or she has the greatest possible opportunity to interact with children who do not have a disability and to participate in the general education curriculum. A child with a disability, if appropriate, should be mainstreamed to take classes with other public school students without disabilities. This can sometimes be accomplished with accommodations, or even a one-on-one aide to assist your child. The aide should be trained and educated in autism.
Again, what is appropriate in this case depends on your child's unique needs. It may be more appropriate for your child to be placed in a special education program, in a special needs school, or in a home instruction program, rather than the regular education classroom.