Project ACCESS Training

Register today to join us for the
Project ACCESS Winter Conference -
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 10th Anniversary Edition (2009), and the Barbara Lipinski Award (Lansing, Michigan, 2005) for her international contribution to the education and welfare of people with autism.


Click the following link for a social story about attending this Social Stories™ workshop!  Social Stories social story

Location:  Harry S Truman State Office Building, 301 West High Street, Jefferson City, MO; Room 492

Time:  8:00 am - 3:30 p.m.

Cost:  $199

Registration information

Bonus: Make it a 2-day professional development package by attending our FREE Project ACCESS Autism Edcamp - Winter 2020 on the day prior, Thursday, January 23rd, in the same location! 

This event is designed as a collaborative participant-driven way to learn. Attendees set the agenda then you can attend presentations, provide them, or both!

Share your knowledge, skills and experience with peers & connect to empower each other at an edcamp! Information and registration is at the following link:


Mark your calendar now for Project ACCESS Autism Edcamp and Summer Conference 2020, too!
Join us in Kansas City on Thursday, June 11th, for the Edcamp and Friday, June 12th, for the Summer Conference
featuring Michelle Garcia Winner of Social Thinking®! 
"The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies"

"Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges! Our Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how individuals process and respond to social information in real time. Then, learn strategies to improve social competencies to use in treatment plans and/or at home. Finally, explore two core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies for use at home and school: Social Behavior Mapping and the Friendship Pyramid and related ideas for expanding treatment using these tools."


Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of students with social cognitive challenges, including but not limited to diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger syndrome, ADHD/ADD, Twice Exceptional and Non-verbal learning disorder.  She has a private practice in San Jose, California where she works with clients, consults with families and schools and she travels internationally giving workshops as well as being invited to train psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and state policymakers. She presents many different all-day workshops and helps to develop programs for implementation in schools and classrooms. 


Michelle is the founder of the Social Thinking® Methodology; which fosters the development of an individual’s social competencies. She has written or co-authored numerous books published through Think Social Publishing, Inc. Michelle’s goal is to help educators, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health counselors, and parents appreciate how one’s social competencies are an integral part of students’ academic, vocational and community success.  She's featured as a Social Thinking therapist in the 2016 Sundance Premiere Documentary; Life, Animated. She was honored with a “Congressional Special Recognition Award” in 2008.  Michelle believes we can all do far more to understand the social learning process and explicitly teach it to all students as part of social-emotional learning.


Stay tuned for details and registration information!

Project ACCESS featured training video: How to Complete the Online Version of Introduction to the Education of Students with Autism

More about Project ACCESS Training

Project ACCESS offers several types of training in different formats. Many of our workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of single school districts and offered onsite. Please contact us if your district is interested in hosting an onsite workshop that might be for your staff only or might be available to neighboring districts as well.

We have some workshops that are available in your choice of an online or face-to-face format, others that are hybrids with two days of online training and two days of face-to-face training, spread across a number of weeks, and still others that are face-to-face only. You can learn more about all of these workshops by reading the workshop descriptions and you can sign up for them by locating the desired workshop on the Project ACCESS calendar of training events. Simply follow the calendar link to and you can register there. is the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's recommended registration system for school district personnel seeking professional development opportunities. Your school or your local Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) can create a account if you need one.

Project ACCESS also sponsors a number of workshops offered by third party training organizations. Frequently we host these larger trainings in a central part of the state (an example is Ziggurat training). Or we may offer scholarships to events planned by the organization itself (an example is PECS training). Scholarships make the training itself free although you will have to cover your own travel expenses. A listing of these sponsored autism workshops is available.

Our Introduction to the Education of Students with Autism is available completely online for those who prefer that format. It should be noted that the online training is equivalent to our two-day face-to-face training. The online training consists of reading materials, videos to watch and assignments to submit, with review and comments by instructors. A pre- and post-test is included, also, on which participants must score 80% or above.    We also offer a special workshop that is not specifically autism training per se, but is more about how to be an effective autism consultant (IDAC) for your district.

Lastly, we have shorter informational online trainings delivered via asynchronous-viewable-on-demand modes like podcasts and webinars, and in synchronous modes like live webcasts. These are generally available to you through membership in our online community of practice (CoP). CoP alerts regarding these special events are sent out to CoP members via email. If you are interested, please request a CoP membership account and you might also consider signing up for our general mailing list.

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