Section 56847. (Added by Stats. 2006, Ch. 783, Sec. 1.)
Cite as: Cal. Educ. Code §56847.
(a)(1)The Superintendent shall convene, with input from the University of California, the California State University, relevant fiscal and policy standing committees of the Legislature, the Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism established under Resolution Chapter 124 of the Statutes of 2005, the State Department of Developmental Services, and other appropriate entities, an advisory committee to develop recommendations identifying the means by which public and nonpublic schools, including charter schools, can better serve pupils with autism and their parents.
(2)The advisory committee shall be composed of parents of children with autism, school district administrators, teachers, representatives of county offices of education, representatives of special education local plan areas, representatives of nonpublic, nonsectarian schools and agencies, autism research specialists, physicians who possess a background or expertise in a pertinent medical field, such as psychiatry or behavioral science, and individuals with a recognized expertise in the best practices for providing instruction to children with autism.
(b)The recommendations developed by the advisory committee shall include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1)Developing a policy on the most effective manner of informing schools about the status of educationally related research and outreach services available to children with autism and their families. It is the intent of the Legislature that schools utilize that information to develop educationally related programs and services for children with autism.
(2)Creating a statewide clearinghouse for information on the findings of educationally related research-based, recommended practices to support children with autism that can be disseminated to schools, parents, and other interested parties. These educationally related practices shall include, but are not limited to, the early detection of, and development of, coordinated services to children with autism and the professional development of pertinent individuals.
(3)The feasibility and need for establishing a program that would provide technical assistance to schools on all of the following subjects:
(A)The identification and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.
(B)The development of research-based programs that best serve children with autism in order for them to succeed academically.
(C)The development of a research-based professional development program to train teachers and administrators on the best practices for providing instruction to children with autism.
(c)The recommendations developed by the advisory committee shall not be construed or applied as state-imposed standards or binding on any individualized education program (IEP) team, special education official, or child with autism. This chapter does not prescribe or define an appropriate educational or habilitative program for a child with autism.
(d)The recommendations developed by the advisory committee do not govern the services and supports provided pursuant to the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (Division 4.5 (commencing with Section 4500) of the Welfare and Institutions Code). This chapter does not prescribe or define an appropriate individualized family service plan pursuant to Section 95020 of the Government Code or an individual program plan pursuant to Sections 4646 to 4648, inclusive, of the Welfare and Institutions Code for a child with autism.
(e)On or before November 1, 2007, the advisory committee shall submit its recommendations to the Legislature and to the Governor.