Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


There has been a significant increase of students with autism in the general education classroom over the past few years. The education system is moving towards inclusion based of the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA), which offers a free an appropriate education to all. It is important to look at the impact students with autism have had on their typically developing peers and teachers in the general education classroom. This research looks at both positive and negative impacts that autism students have had on the general education setting. A challenge for teachers is the lack of training they have received in order to effectively teach all students in their classroom. There have been a lot of benefits for both students with and without autism when participating in an inclusive classroom. Some of these benefits include increased social skills, awareness and diversity, increased friendships, and peer role models, which leads to increased engagement for all students.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis