What Is CSESA?
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The Center on Secondary Education for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA) is a 5-year project that brings together experts in autism, secondary education, adolescence, and implementation to work in collaboration with schools, families, adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and community members. CSESA is a priority for the U.S. Department of Education, as few strategies have been proven effective with high school students with ASD—and even fewer strategies are comprehensive in nature. The first 2 years are development years. During this time, CSESA will adapt for students with ASD interventions proven to be effective for high school students with other needs; adapt for high school students interventions proven to be effective for students with ASD in other grade levels; and develop new processes to support teachers, families, and students.