ERIC Number: ED342578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-17
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Project ACCESS: Providing Support and Technical Assistance to Rural Schools Serving Students with Autism.
Herron, Edna; Buss, Jean R.
This paper describes Project ACCESS, in which a state education agency, a university, and a rural school district collaborated to provide support and technical assistance for educators working with autistic students. Teachers attended preservice and inservice programs to receive training in working with autistic students. During the 1989-1990 school year, over 400 persons attended 8 workshops. Topics included assessment, communication, behavioral programming, social and leisure skills, integration with nonhandicapped peers, and community-based programming. Continuing education units were granted for all workshops and academic credit could be earned for most workshops of 2 days or longer. Preservice and inservice teachers could earn additional academic credit through weekend and intersession courses. A resource library afforded teachers the opportunity to borrow resource materials and evaluation instruments related to autism. The project staff determined whether a child was eligible for on-site consultation services by reviewing the referral documentation. Once eligibility was determined, an area consultant observed the child in several settings and made written recommendations for services. Project staff were occasionally asked to provide consultation services regarding general programs for students with autism. Approximately 93 percent of staff receiving consultation services during the 1988-1989 school year reported full or partial resolution of their concerns. In addition, workshop participants reported increased feelings of competency in serving students with autism. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri