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) conduct various trainings and (b) provide direct service provision to students with autism.

Trainings.  Autism Project staff has conducted trainings within the space they occupy at Long Beach Middle School and elsewhere in the state for aspiring and practicing educators, parents, and members of the general public who are interested in learning about school-based programming for students with autism and other developmental disabilities (e.g., intellectual disabilities).  Trainings 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 personnel who provide related services to students with autism and other developmental disabilities.  The autism project also serves as an appropriate placement for university and community college students who must complete coursework that includes a student teaching assignment, practicum experience, or externship.

Direct service provision to students with autism.  During the 2015-16 school year, Autism Project staff will operate four classrooms at their Autism Demonstration School, which is a school for students with autism in which relevant evidence-based practices are demonstrated.  Students with autism, ages 3 – 9, may be considered for placement in these classrooms. Applications for enrollment can be submitted at any time.  Anyone interested in submitting an application should contact the Autism Project by calling 228.863.1755 or sending an e-mail to timothy.morse@usm.edu.


Autism Project staff conduct periodic 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 Autism Demonstration School's classrooms and other locations within the project’s facility.  Please call 228.863.1755 or e-mail timothy.morse@usm.edu for schedule information.