Texas Statewide Leadership
for Autism Training


"Education, both directly of children, and of parents and teachers, is currently the primary form of treatment for autistic spectrum disorders." (Educating 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 (www.txautism.net) 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 XIII.

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, ESC function leads establish and coordinate a 20-region network.  This ensures ongoing communication among ESCs about state-level needs assessment processes and planning, as well as implementing and evaluating statewide activities.  Project leadership focuses on a specific activity.