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Monday, October 23, 2017   10:56 PM    |   69°F

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 Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASARD) Project has been a partnership between the LSUHSC Human Development Center and the Louisiana Department of Education since 2006.  The overall purpose of LASARD is to improve outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities.  Due to the rising prevalence of ASD, there is an increased need for highly effective educators to provide the best possible services and supports for students with ASD and their families. 


Although the primary focus of LASARD is support for students with ASD, LASARD also provides support for students with related disabilities.   Those related disabilities have included: Developmental Delay, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Orthopedic Impairment, Speech/Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment.  This also includes students who have been identified as Gifted and Talented.

Upcoming Events


Breaking Barriers and Building Connections: Social Skills for Life   

Individuals on the autism spectrum experience social challenges. Developing social interaction skills is a critical need - an important piece of a student’s individual education plan that is crucial to student success in school, at home, and in the community. Teaching and supporting social interaction skills may seem somewhat overwhelming. Where do I begin? What do I teach? How do I teach it? Where do I teach it?

This workshop, geared to high school professionals and family members, will provide you with how-tos for evaluating, supporting, and teacher social interaction skills in school, home, and community settings.

  • This workshop will be held on November 2, 2017 in New Orleans and November 8, 2017 in Natchitoches. 
  • Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:00, and the workshop will run from 9:00 to 3:00 with a break for lunch on your own.
  • The workshop is free and open to anyone interested until all seats are taken.
  • CEUs will be provided.

November 2, 2017
LSUHSC Human Development Center
New Orleans, LA

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

November 8, 2017
Natchitoches Events Center
Natchitoches, LA

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


LASARD Webinars are offered live online via Adobe Connect. These one hour sessions are free and open to anyone interested.  CEUs are provided to those who are online for the entire hour. 


Co-Planning: What Benefits Me, Benefits You!

October 19, 2017      2:30 - 3:30 PM

How many times have you not been on the same pages with your partner teacher (special education and regular education) on curriculum, accommodations, behavior, or other areas?  In this webinar, we will provide ideas and examples for how to plan effectively with partner teachers (general and special education) to benefit the students and teachers.

Click here to register


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.  Each module takes approximately an hour to complete, and CEUs are available upon successful completion of a short quiz. 

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.


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