Learn about CSESA, The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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 5-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 to improve high school experiences and post-secondary outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum.
CSESA at SDSU
CSESA is a collaboration among researchers located at 7 of the leading research and development centers related to developmental disabilities in the United States, as well as guidance from an advisory board with expertise in autism, secondary education, adolescence, and implementation. SDSU is one of the 7 team members.
Faculty members Hall, Kraemer & Brum are part of the Institute for Education Sciences, which funded CSESA. They also worked with researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (where the project leads Hume and Odom reside) and from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. CSESA is collecting follow-up data on the 547 high school students with ASD that participated in an early study, to learn from them and their families about life during transition or following graduation.