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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Autism/Project ACCESS

Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education and Special Education Contacts

Date: March 8, 2010

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 has trained 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 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 bi-yearly trainings are available for district staff to be in-district autism consultants*.

For onsite consultation requests, resource training materials, Project ACCESS professional training opportunities, and Applied Behavior Analysts inquiries, 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 contact Tina Neal at Tina333@missouristate.edu or 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/

*Individuals desiring in-district autism training must meet requirements.