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.
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.