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.

Texas Statewide Leadership for AutismTraining Needs Assessment 2015-2016

The Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training (TSLAT) has created a survey for educators to report the needs of Texas educators regarding training and support for students with autism spectrum disorder. Results from this survey will guide the Education Service Centers across the state in their planning to efficiently and effectively serve professional educators.  Please consider completing the survey at your earliest convenience; a high rate of survey returns ensures that the TSLAT has reliable data on which to base decisions.
To fill out the survey, please follow the link to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/autism2015.
Please send this information out to other educators in Texas who support individuals with autism spectrum disorder.  We are interested in information from educators who serve in a variety of roles including, but not limited to, paraeducators, special education teachers, general education teachers, speech language pathologists, assessment professionals, administrators, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.
For further information about the survey, please contact Cyndi O’Toole at 512-919-5180 or cyndi.otoole@esc13.txed.net.
Thank you for your input and your time.
Cyndi O'Toole, MA, BCBA
Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training
Education Specialist