Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities Project

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Julie Riley, M.Ed., BCBA
Human Development Center - LSUHSC
411 South Prieur
New Orleans, LA 70112

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LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center

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

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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:
Kipp New Orleans Desoto
Crescent City Charters Lincoln
Vernon Plaquemines
St Charles Renew
St. Tammany Morris Jeff Community School

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.

Autism Training Modules

In collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Education, the LSUHSC Human Development Center is developing professional development electronic 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.

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Upcoming Training & Events
Co-Teaching: The “Give and Take” Relationship
April 21, 2015

Supporting students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment has increased the diversity in general education classrooms and highlighted the need for all professionals in the schools to work together. This workgroup will focus on the styles of co-teaching and practical strategies to attain a cohesive teaching unit.

Family Members and Educators Share Their Success Stories at the Recent LASARD Team Workshop
Click to see a video of success stories.