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 at the project’s Autism Demonstration School on August 23, 2010. On December 1, 2012, the Autism Project was established as a university-based program by the Mississippi Department of Education-Office of Special Education in accordance with Sections 37-23-31 through 37-23-35 of the Mississippi Code.
The USMGC Autism Project is a university-based program that is run by employees of The University of Southern Mississippi. 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 appropriate educational programs for students with autism in an actual school environment.
Autism Resource Libraries and Make-and-Take Facility
Various informational resources about autism have been acquired by the Autism Project and are housed at USM’s library that is located on the Long Beach campus. Available resources include books, DVDs, and curricula. Additionally, there is a "Make-and-Take" facility in the Workroom at the Autism Project’s space within Long Beach Middle School.
The Mississippi Department of Education-Office of Special Education provides noteworthy funding for the operation of the Autism Project. Accordingly, the project's activities are available, at no additional cost, 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.