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Educator Resources

Project ACCESS

Project ACCESS is a collaboration between the Missouri Department of Education and Missouri State University charged with providing training and support to educators who teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Project ACCESS designs and presents free and low cost autism-specific professional development to pre-K to grade 12 educators at locations throughout Missouri. In addition, Project ACCESS offers fact sheets, an online community of practice, information on evidence-based practices, a blog/social media and tools useful to educators who have students who are on the autism spectrum or who have a related disability.

Harvard Family Research Project: Making Data Matter in Family Engagement 

This online handbook, published by the Academic Development Institute and the Center on Innovation & Improvement, provides educators, community leaders, and parents with an extensive overview of research and practice in the family engagement field. Authored by many of the leading experts in the field, the Handbook offers a range of perspectives on why and how families, communities, and schools collaborate with each other.



The Iris Center — Vanderbilt University

The IRIS Center is a national center that aims to provide high-quality resources for college and university faculty and professional development providers about students with disabilities. IRIS seeks to obtain this goal by providing free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice.

The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders — Columbia

The mission of the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders at the University of Missouri-Columbia is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism and neurodevelopment disorders through world class programs that integrate research, clinical service delivery, education and public policy.

The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders provides a range of services including: diagnostic evaluations, neuropsychological testing, medical and pediatric care, individual/family therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, applied behavior analysis and family resource supports.

Training Experts in Autism for Missouri (TEAM)

The mission of the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders offers free professional development to educational professionals through the Training Experts in Autism for Missouri (TEAM) program. TEAM provides FREE high quality training and ongoing support to educational providers working with students with autism across the state of Missouri. The mission of TEAM is to increase expertise on autism spectrum disorders and to advance the knowledge and implementation of current empirically supported practices through focused training, coached practice, feedback, and consultation. The primary goal of both classroom and district level training is to increase program quality and positively impact student outcomes.

  • TEAM offers flexible training plans in order to address the specific characteristics of the district’s student population and identified training needs.
  • Training is focused on building capacity for sustained supports by district personnel in order to have structures in place to respond to programming needs and to train district personnel to monitor program implementation.

For more information or to request TEAM training please (573) 884-1619 or email TCtrainings@missouri.edu

Missouri Special Education Teacher Resources

This page includes a list of general special education resources that cover a large array of topics right at your fingertips!

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