Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 9, pp 1991–2001 | Cite as

Children with Autism in the People’s Republic of China: Diagnosis, Legal Issues, and Educational Services

Original Paper


Since the late 1970s, special education in the People’s Republic of China has experienced significant reform and fast development. However, education for children with severe developmental disabilities, especially autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), is still the greatest challenge in the field. This paper aims to give readers an overview of what is happening to children with ASDs in China. We first address the issue of prevalence of ASDs, and then offer an introduction to the diagnostic process. After that, a review of disability-related legislation is provided, followed by a description of current treatment options and available educational services. Finally we introduce all extent service providers and their roles.


Autism spectrum disorders Diagnosis Special educational services Legal issues Behavioral intervention/management Chinese autism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education, School of EducationDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Mental Health, School of MedicineBeijing UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development, Claudius G. Clemmer College of EducationEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson CityUSA

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