Mission of the Autism Project

Autism Project

Mission Statement

The Autism Project's mission is to demonstrate for school personnel and parents how to design and implement appropriate school-based programs for students with autism.

Primary Activities in Support of the Autism Project's Mission

Autism Project staff perform two primary activities:  (a) direct service provision to students with autism and (b) various trainings.

Direct service provision to students.  During the 2014-15 school year, Autism Project staff will operate four classrooms at their Autism Demonstration School, which is a school for students with autism in which the project's staff can demonstrate the use of evidence-based practices with the students.  Preschool, Kindergarten, First, or Second Grade students with autism may be considered for placement in these classrooms. Applications for enrollment are now being accepted.  Anyone interested in submitting an application should contact the Autism Project by calling 228.863.1755 or sending an e-mail to autism@usm.edu.

Trainings.  Autism Project staff conduct trainings at the Autism Demonstration School and elsewhere in the state for practicing educators, parents, and members of the general public who are interested in learning about school-based programming for students with autism.  Trainings are tailored to address the needs of the individuals or organizations requesting them.  Given how the classrooms at the Autism Demonstration School have been configured and are operated, training activities can be designed to meet the needs of a broad range of school personnel and parents, including general and special education teachers (grades Preschool - 12) and related service personnel.

The Autism Project also functions as a placement for University students, including those studying to be a special education teacher or speech-language pathologist, who must complete coursework that includes a student teaching assignment, practicum experience, or externship.

Tours

Autism Project staff conduct tours of the Autism Demonstration School.  Tours consist of a presentation in which various aspects of the Autism Project are explained, followed by a visit to the classrooms and other locations within the project’s facility.  Please call 228.863.1755 or e-mail autism@usm.edu for schedule information.