General Information About the Autism Project
The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Autism Project (USMGC Autism Project) officially began on November 1, 2009. Project planning activities, including planning for the location where the project would be housed and hiring project staff, occurred from that date through mid-July 2010. Autism Project staff moved into their present location on July 27, 2010, and the first student began receiving services on August 23, 2010.
The USMGC Autism Project is a university-based program that is run by University of Southern Mississippi employees. However, the project is housed within the Long Beach School District. The project, which includes the Autism Demonstration School, is located at Long Beach Middle School, 204 North Cleveland Avenue, Long Beach, MS 39560. While the project is not a part of the Long Beach School District, the project's placement at Long Beach Middle School is very beneficial as it enables the project's staff to demonstrate, through the operation of the Autism Demonstration School, how to design and implement an appropriate educational program for a student with autism in an actual school environment.
Autism Resource Libraries
There is a resource library for parents within the Parent Training and Information Center at the USMGC Autism Project’s facility, as well as a resource library for professionals. Available resources include books, DVDs, and curricula. Additionally, there is a "Make-and-Take" facility in the Workroom at this facility.
The Mississippi Department of Education-Office of Special Education is partnering with the University of Southern Mississippi on the USMGC Autism Project, and provides noteworthy funding for its operation. Accordingly, the project's activities are available to students, caregivers, school personnel, and citizens throughout Mississippi.
For Additional Information
For additional information about the USMGC Autism Project, please call 228.863.1755, fax to 228.863.1794, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.