What we do
Teams participate in a series of trainings focusing on key areas of the Louisiana Autism Quality Indicators: Environment, Communication, Curriculum and Instruction, Collaboration, Inclusive Practices, Behavior, Social Interaction, and Transition. Teams develop action plans for their schools around each focus area.
Each parish 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. Technical support can include regular on-site visits, phone consultation, in-service trainings, webinars, and work groups.
Each district commits to supporting up to three school-based teams consisting of regular and special educators, school principals, district administrators, therapists, paraprofessionals, and family members to participate in all aspects of the project. The teams participate in a series of three intensive trainings throughout the year and develop action plans for their schools. Trainings focus on environmental supports, instructional planning, behavior supports, communication skills, social skills, and research-based practices.
LASARD facilitators provide regular onsite technical support to each school-based team to support their efforts to implement their action plans and become high quality demonstration programs.
The LASARD Project developed the Louisiana Autism Quality Indicators for Schools (LAQI). This continuous improvement tool assists schools in evaluating the quality of the programs they offer students with ASD and target areas for improvement in research-based practices. Key areas addressed include:
- Inclusive Practices
- Curriculm and Instruction