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Twice-exceptional refers to students who are both gifted and have a disability (Segen’s Medical Dictionary, 2011).  Twice-exceptional (2e) students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have high abilities, but they may also have challenges with interacting with others.

California has a set of criteria for identifying pupils as gifted and talented. The categories define students’ capabilities compared with chronological peers. Identification categories may include one or more of the following:

Intellectual Ability

Students who demonstrate extraordinary general intellectual development, in relation to their chronological peers.

Creative Ability

Students who perceive unusual relationships among his or her environment and among ideas; overcome obstacles to thinking and doing; and/or produce unique solutions to problems.

Specific Academic Ability

Students who consistently function at highly advanced academic levels in specific subject areas, particularly in either English Language Arts & Literacy/Reading, English, or Mathematics.

Leadership Ability

Students who exhibit behavior characteristics of extraordinary leadership; possess confidence and knowledge; influence others effectively; display problem-solving and decision-making skills; express ideas in oral or written form clearly; show sense of purpose and direction.

High Achievement

Students who consistently produce advanced ideas and/or attain exceptionally high scores on achievement tests.

Ability in Performing Arts and/or Visual Arts

Students who originate, produce, perform, or respond at extraordinarily high levels in the arts.

Other California Ed Code Categories

Any other criterion which meet standards set forth by the California State Board of Education.

Autism Society Options Policy

This Resource Guide was developed to provide families and professionals with an opportunity to find resources related to autism in the Inland Empire in one place.

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