Mission of the Autism Project

Autism Project

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) provide direct service provision to students with autism and

(b) conduct various 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.  

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 2016-17 school year, Autism Project staff will operate classrooms at the 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 on or before September 1, may be considered for placement in these classrooms. 



For schedule information, applications, or any questions regarding the Autism Project, please call 228.863.1755.

Applications for enrollment can be submitted at any time by calling the number above or sending an e-mail to Lori.Marter@usm.edu.  Click on the link below to print out an application.