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Subject: Autism/Project ACCESS

Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education and Special Education Contacts

Date: May 21, 2008

Project ACCESS, a project funded by the Division of Special Education through Missouri State University, can help you and your staff meet the needs of children with Autism.

Project ACCESS designs autism specific professional development opportunities and trains professional credentialed individuals to present these courses through Missouri's Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs).  These trainings are offered to Missouri school district staff and educators who work with youngsters ages birth to 21 years who experience Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disabilities.  Onsite child specific consultations can be arranged through the use of Missouri Autism Consultants (MACs) and district staff can be trained to be in-district autism consultants.

For onsite consultation requests, resource training materials, Project ACCESS professional training opportunities, and Applied Behavior Analysts inquires, email Joanie Armstrong at joanarmstrong@missouristate.edu or call toll free 866-481-3841.

For general information regarding questions about Project ACCESS, training opportunities, etc., please direct your questions to Tina Neal-Wait at Tina333@missouristate.edu or you can call toll free 866-481-3841.

For more information, including a listing of trainings available please visit Project Access at: http://education.missouristate.edu/access/.

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