Join 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.
Want to keep up to date with the information distributed to Special Education Directors by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education? Anyone can subscribe to the DESE Special Education email list and get updates via email. Parents, teachers, administrators and others can learn how to subscribe to this mailing list by visiting DESE's website.
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.