Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


The purpose of this paper is to describe autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and investigate local non-school programs that serve children diagnosed with ASD. Disorders on the autism spectrum include a large range of symptoms, from mildly dysfunctional social skills to a complete lack of ability to interact and communicate. Although the causes of ASD are not completely understood, awareness of the characteristics of individuals has increased and there is evidence that treatment and intervention with children with this medical condition may increase their ability to live more comfortable and fulfilling lives. After school and other special non-school programs are available in the Monterey County local area with varying degrees of accommodation for children with ASD. The Easter Seals and Special Kids Crusade have programs most able to be of service to children with severe ASD characteristics. The Monterey School District's After School Academy and the YMCA attempt to accommodate all children, and rely on the ability children to meet established behavior standards.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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