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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.

Ten school districts/LEAs currently participate 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:

  • KIPP Schools New Orleans
  • 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


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. 

Assessing Behavior to Build Better Intervention Plans

Presenter: Julie Riley

December 8, 2016

2:30 – 3:30

Research has shown that the most effective behavioral interventions are based on a functional behavior assessment (FBA).  Determining why a student exhibits a behavior will help guide the choice of the appropriate intervention.  This basic overview of functional behavior assessment will discuss why FBAs are beneficial and practical when determining effective behavioral interventions.  Strategies to use while conducting FBAs will also be discussed. 


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