Missouri State University

Project ACCESS

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Blue Empire State BuildingJoin us on World Autism Awareness Day April 2nd, and throughout April to increase awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders!

Everyone can help shine a light on autism by participating in "Lighting It Up Blue." Information is available at Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue Website.  

Teachers: Spreading autism awareness in schools is a great way to celebrate Autism Awareness Month and promote inclusion and acceptance in the classroom and beyond. This new Puzzle Piece Project Tool Kit is a fun and interactive educational resource for grade levels K-12 designed to increase students' understanding of autism during April!

Developed by a special education teacher for teachers, the tool kit includes age appropriate lesson plans, extended activities, materials and relevant internet resources. 

Download the Puzzle Piece Project and Autism Awareness Month Tool Kit for free from Autism Speaks website 



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How We Can Help You

  • Project ACCESS assists Local Education Agency (LEA) personnel serving students with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), and those exhibiting behaviors characteristic of the target disorders.
  • Project ACCESS educates and trains school district personnel who serve students with autism and related developmental disabilities.
  • Project ACCESS refers professional consultants to school districts desiring on-site child-specific consultations with programming recommendations.


Project ACCESS provides autism resource information to public schools in the form of on-site and telephone consultations, as well as support via internet.  In addition, Project ACCESS designs autism specific professional development opportunities and trains professional credentialed individuals to present these courses through Missouri's RPDCs. These trainings are offered to Missouri school district staff and educators who work with youngsters ages 0-21 years, who experience Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disabilities.  On-site child specific consultations can be arranged through the use of Missouri Autism Consultants and district staff can be trained to be In-district Autism Consultants

Contact Information

The following contact information should help expedite your particular information needs:

Our Toll Free Number:  1-866-481-3841(local number: 417-836-6657). Our mailing address:        Project ACCESS/Missouri State University, 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, MO.  65897

For on-site consultation requests, resource training materials, and Project ACCESS professional training opportunities, email: JOANIE ARMSTRONG  or call toll free: 1-866-481-3841

For inquiries to our Autism Resource Specialist: email Terri Carrington or call her at 417-836-4080 or call the Project ACCESS toll free number listed above.

For general information regarding questions about Project ACCESS, training opportunities, etc., please direct your questions to Tina Neal, email: TinaNeal@missouristate.edu or you can call: 417-836-6657 or 1-866-481-3841 (toll free).

For inquiries regarding Applied Behavior Analysts, please direct your questions to Joanie Armstrong, email: joanarmstrong@missouristate.edu or call: 1-866-481-3841 (toll free).

For special education effective practices questions, call DESE at: (573) 751-0601.

For information on regional autism trainings, contact your Regional Professional Development Center