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Blue Niagra Falls for World Autism Awareness Day

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day! 

As part of the "Light It Up Blue" initiative, Niagra Falls will be lighted blue on April 2nd as will many iconic buildings from around the world in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. What can you do to support autism awareness?  The answer is quite a lot.  Project ACCESS has created an Autism Awareness information page that has additional information about how you can get involved.

In addition to showing support by participating with the rest of the world in World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2015, you can also participate in Autism Awareness Month, which is a national effort to show support and raise awareness that lasts all month long. 

Teachers: you can bring autism awareness to your classroom by promoting acceptance in the classroom and beyond.  Autism Speaks' Puzzle Piece Project Tool Kit is a fun and interactive educational tool kit for grade levels K-12 designed to increase students’ understanding of autism during Autism Awareness Month.  Developed by a special education teacher for teachers, the tool kit includes age-appropriate lesson plans, extended activities, materials and relevant internet resources. In addition, Autism Speaks offers a "School Community Tool Kit" designed to assist members of the school community in understanding and supporting students with autism.  Teachers have special opportunities to get involved by promoting inclusion and acceptance in their classrooms!

 

News!The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network now estimates the prevalance of autism spectrum to be one in sixty-eight children.  The estimated prevalence of ASD has increased roughly 29% since 2008, 64% since 2006, and 123% since 2002. You can read more about how the Disabilities Monitoring Network arrived at this figure on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/addm.html

 

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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.

Mission

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 to 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 our Director: JOANIE ARMSTRONG  or call toll free: 1-866-481-3841

For inquiries to our Associate Director: 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