"Education, both directly of children, and of parents and teachers, is currently the primary form of treatment for autistic spectrum disorders." (Education Children with Autism, p. 1)
Through the network of 20 regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) around the state and in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training (TSLAT) provides a mechanism to access training, technical assistance, support, and resources for educators who serve students with autism. We are a part of TEA's Texas Statewide Leadership Functions and Projects and are housed at Education Service Center Region 13.
Texas Statewide Leadership Functions and Projects
Statewide leadership in addressing identified areas of need in special education services is provided through eleven functions and five projects directed by various ESCs. Their primary responsibility is to provide leadership, training, technical assistance, and the dissemination of information throughout the state. The ESCs coordinating these statewide leadership functions and projects are responsible for the implementation of many of the state’s continuous improvement activities.
Though both functions and projects provide statewide leadership, each ESC function lead establishes and coordinates a 20-region network. The networks ensure ongoing communication among ESCs about state-level needs assessment processes, planning, as well as implementing and evaluating statewide activities. Project leadership focuses on a specific special education related function.
If you need support or resources, a great place to start is your regional autism specialist. Using the map below, choose the region of Texas in which you live by clicking on that area or search by zip code. You will be given the information needed for you to contact your regional autism specialist, review your regional autism webpage, or find information regarding regional trainings.
Do you want to be the best at what you do? Do you want to have a positive impact on the lives of students? The Autism Circuit from TEA and R13 is inviting educators from across TX to apply for the 2016-2017 evidence based practice professional learning. Learning will focus on the implementation of evidence based practices for students with autism. Become part of this online community through webinars and collaboration with educators like you. It is being offered at no cost and participants can earn up to 60 CEUs. I became an educator to make a difference, didn’t you? Become part of something amazing and take your instructional practice to the next level. There are only 250 spots available, so apply today.