Project ACCESS Autism Credential (PAACs) participants are educators that work directly with students and are responsible for their programming. In addition, for individuals that are not classroom teachers, we are providing the designation of Project ACCESS Autism Team Support (PAATS). These are new designations by Project ACCESS and training began in the fall of 2018. By the time they have earned the designation, PAACs will have completed a rigorous schedule of training in evidence-based interventions, documented mastery of knowledge and skills through presentation of portfolio artifacts aligned to competencies, and experienced in-classroom coaching by experts in the field. For PAATS, the training is the same but there will not be a coaching component. More information about these programs is available on our PAAC/PAATS Frequently Asked Questions page. If you or your school is interested in the PAAC/PAATS professional development program, please fill out the PAAC/PAATS application form.
Project ACCESS Autism Credential
Join us for the second annual Project ACCESS Winter Conference on Friday, January 24, 2020 ~
featuring Carol Gray, developer of Social Stories™
"Reflect, Reboot, Reimagine: A Social Stories™ 10.2 Workshop"
You won't want to miss being a part of our conference on Friday, January 24, 2020, in Jefferson City as we host a full-day presentation by Carol Gray of Carol Gray Social Stories™
Carol Gray began her career as a teacher for four children with autism at Jenison Public Schools, in Jenison, Michigan. Currently, she works as a consultant to children, adolescents, and adults with autism, providing support via workshops and presentations, information, referral, resources, and direct services for individuals with autism, their families, and professionals who work on their behalf. Carol is best known for the development of Social Stories, a well-respected evidence-based practice used worldwide with people with autism of all ages. She is an internationally sought-after keynote and seminar speaker and has completed over 1,200 presentations.
Carol is also the founder of a very effective social philosophy that 1) ‘abandons all assumptions’, 2) regards both the typical and autism perspective as ‘equally valid’, and 3) recognizes the ‘social impairment in autism’ as shared (noting the well-intentioned but nonetheless misguided mistakes of parents and professionals). She has completed ground-breaking work on some of the toughest topics in autism by reviewing the research, outlining new theories, and developing practical instructional strategies, most notably Gray’s Guide to Bullying (2004) and Gray’s Guide to Loss, Learning, and Students with ASD (2003). Carol serves on many advisory boards, including the active and working Advisory Board on Disabilities for Delta Air Lines, where she represents passengers with autism.
Carol has received many awards for her work, including Social Thinking’s Lifetime Achievement Award (San Francisco, 2015); Learning Spring School’s Spectrum Award for her global efforts in education and improving the lives of people with autism (New York City, 2012), the Autism Society of America Education Book of the Year, The New Social Story Book: Revised and Expanded 10thAnniversary Edition (2009), and the Barbara Lipinski Award (Lansing, Michigan, 2005) for her international contribution to the education and welfare of people with autism.
Location: Harry S Truman State Office Building, 301 West High Street, Jefferson City, MO;Room 492
Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 p.m.