Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA) is a research and development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on developing, adapting, and studying a comprehensive school-based and community-based education program for high school students on the autism spectrum.

CSESA is a five year project that brings together experts in autism, secondary education, adolescence, and implementation to work in collaboration with high schools, families, adolescents with ASD, and community members.

Locally, researchers at Vanderbilt are collaborating with Tennessee high schools to develop, implement, and evaluate social-focused interventions to promote social success and foster connections with peers and others. In addition, we will be implementing the transition and families component, including supporting students to participate in their IEP process, conducting parent groups, assisting teachers with transition planning for students, developing work-based learning opportunities, and assisting with community and school mapping. Feedback from our nine Fall 2012 focus groups with over 60 educators, administrators, parents, service providers, community members, and parents of high school students with autism is helping to shape our work..

If you have any questions about our project, please contact Jenny Redding at or (615) 936-7075.

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