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LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center

411 S. Prieur New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 556-7585 | Fax:(504) 556-7574


Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities Project

The LASARD Project is a collaborative effort between LSUHSC Human Development Center and the Louisiana Department of Education. The goals of the project are:

  • to improve educational practices and outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related disabilities and
  • to develop statewide capacity to provide high quality educational programs for these students.

School districts/LEAs currently participating in the Project:


Each district/LEA contracts directly with HDC through the LASARD project for Training and Technical Assistance. LASARD facilitators provide regular technical support to each building level team to support their efforts to implement their action plans and become demonstration sites.

Alumni Districts/LEAs:

  • Plaquemines Parish
  • Lincoln Parish
  • Vernon Parish


Autism Training Modules

In collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Education, the LSUHSC Human Development Center has developed online professional development modules as part of the Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASARD) Project. There are nine modules offered:

All modules are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.

Click here to get to the Autism Training Modules.

Upcoming Training and Events


Beyond Expectations!  Planning High School Experiences for Students with ASD and Related Disabilities 

Join the LASARD Project to learn how to prepare students with ASD and related disabilities for employment, independence, and for living happy, fulfilling lives after high school.  

Rebecca Hanberry from the Louisiana Department of Education will discuss Planning Appropriate High School Experiences for Students on Alternate Graduation Pathways including students on Act 833 and students assessed on LAA1. 

Julie Riley from the LASARD Project will share evidence-based strategies for teaching social interaction skills to high school students with ASD and related disabilities.  

  • Choose to attend this workshop in Natchitoches on February 7, 2017 or in New Orleans on February 8, 2017.  
  • Both locations will begin with registration from 8:30 to 9:00, and the workshop will run from 9:00 to 2:30. 
  • The workshop is free and open to anyone interested until all seats are taken. 
  • CEUs will be provided.

For more information and to register for the Natchitoches workshop, click here.

For more information and to register for the New Orleans workshop, click here.


LASARD webinars are offered live online via Adobe Connect.  These one hour sessions are free and open to anyone interested, but registration is limited to 200 participants.  CEUs are provided to those who are online for the entire hour. 

Utilizing Para and Peer Supports

Presenter: Donna Hammons

January 19, 2017

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

All supports should be naturalistic and delivered in such a way that preserves the dignity of the student. In this webinar, we will explore how to structure and utilize human supports (para educator/peer) across school environments in a manner that is helpful and non- stigmatizing to the student.

Click to Register

Universal Design for Learning

Presenter: Julie Riley

January 26, 2017

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides a structure for meeting the needs of all students in a classroom. In this basic level webinar, an overview of UDL principles will be discussed in addition to strategies for planning to address standards for students with ASD and related disabilities.

Click to Register

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