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
As we are all aware, the news on COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. With the declaration of a national state of emergency and, more specifically for Missouri, we are following the precautions set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as state and local officials.
Everyone’s health and safety are our first concern. To that end, we are cancelling the June 11th Autism Edcamp and the June 12th Summer Conference, featuring Michelle Garcia-Winner of Social Thinking®. At this point, our 2020 Summer Educators' Academy remains on the schedule, with updates as needed.
In the meantime, Project ACCESS staff members are committed to continuing to be available to assist you as much as possible. We hope that we may stay connected to you, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-481-3841. Also, please consider using our free online Autism Helpline as a portal to remain connected to your colleagues.