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Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities Project

LASARD has a 12 year track record of effectively partnering with Louisiana educators, schools, and school systems (both traditional and charter). A project within the Human Development Center at LSU Health Sciences Center, LASARD has extensive experience in providing support to teachers in educating students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other disabilities with similar needs. The LASARD staff of experienced educators has mentored and supported hundreds of teachers across the state to implement specialized supports to meet the unique needs of their diverse learners. Our staff know from experience and research that sitting in a professional development session does not always translate to practice in the classroom, so we pair our training sessions with job embedded coaching (observation, modeling, and feedback) to support implementation of the evidence-based practices covered in the trainings. We have taken what we have learned from our 12 years of success in Louisiana schools and created an array of services which can be customized to meet your individual needs and will be supported by our Louisiana-based staff.

LASARD is a Louisiana Department of Education Approved Vendor

The LASARD Project will be included in the Louisiana Department of Education Partnership for Success as a vendor for Professional Development on Specialized Supports for Educators.  If your school, district, or network is interested in partnering with LASARD for the 2020-2021 school year, please review our services by clicking here, or contact us to build a customized package for you!  Email Julie Riley, LASARD Project Coordinator, at for more information. 

Upcoming Workshop!

Designing Classroom Environments to Spark Student Success

The classroom environment impacts students’ engagement, behavior, communication, and, ultimately, learning. This training, designed for administrator and teacher teams, will explore environmental supports and strategies that can be implemented across school settings and will engage participants in an implementation planning process. 

Following the team session, separate breakout sessions will be offered for administrators and teachers. Administrators will participate in problem solving sessions, in which they will work together with LASARD staff to problem solve common barriers related to educating students with disabilities. Teachers will participate in a make-and-take session to make environmental supports to address the unique learning needs of students with disabilities.  

Teachers must be accompanied by an administrator to attend.  Teacher Leader participation is encouraged.

These sessions will be held in three different locations across the state.

Time: 9:00 – 12:00 PM

New Iberia - December 3, 2019 

New Orleans - December 4, 2019 

Natchitoches - December 10, 2019

Participation is free, but space is limited. 

Continuing Learning Units available.

Click here to register

New Website Coming Soon!

LASARD is happy to announce that a new LASARD website is coming soon!  The new website will provide increased interactive training on areas related to educating students with ASD and related disabilities.  Sign up for our email list for updates!


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