Texas Statewide Leadership
for Autism Training

Resources

Evidence-Based Practices

Evidence -Based Practices Briefs - http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/briefs.The National Professional Development Center (NPDC) on ASD has developed Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Briefs for 24 identified evidence based practices. Each brief contains: an overview, which gives a general description of the practice and how it can be used with learners with ASD; explicit step-by-step directions detailing exactly how to implement a practice, based on the research articles identified in the evidence base; an implementation checklist which offers a way to document the degree to which practitioners are following the directions for implementation; and the list of references  (evidence base) that demonstrate that the practices is efficacious and meets the NPDC’s criteria for being identified as an evidence-based practice.  Also some briefs include supplemental materials such as data collection sheets.

Autism Internet Modules (AIM)- http://www.autisminternetmodules.org/. The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are fee, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD. Furthermore, OCALI in conjunction with the National Professional Development Center on ASD, has developed modules to accompany the NPDC's Evidence-Based Practices briefs.

Summaries of Scientific Research on Interventions on Autism - http://www.asatonline.org/treatment/autismtreatments. The Association for Science in Autism Treatment provides summaries on the scientific research on interventions for autism. This site also provides video demonstrations of ABA-based teaching interactions (http://www.asatonline.org/treatment/videos).

General

Autism Fact Sheet from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/autism/detail_autism.htm. This is a web document containing questions and answers about autism.

First Signs ASD Video Glossary - http://www.firstsigns.org/asd_video_glossary/asdvg_about.htm. This is a web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This glossary contains over a hundred video clips and is available free of charge. You must register with First Signs to view the video glossary. Registration is free.

Indiana Center for Autism (IRCA) Articles - http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php?pageId=273. Articles written by the staff of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism. These articles provide thoughtful discussions and practical recommendations on a wide range of topics, including behavior, sensory programming, education, communication, and other issues.

Texas Autism Research and Resource Center (TARRC) - http://www.dads.state.tx.us/tarrc/index.html. The Texas Autism Research & Resource Center (TARRC) was created by House Bill (HB) 1574 (81st Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2009) in response to needs expressed by the autism community. The Center's primary purpose is to coordinate resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. When fully implemented, the Center will: disseminate information and research on autism and other pervasive developmental disorders; conduct training and development activities for some professionals; coordinate with local entities that provide services; and provide support to families affected by autism.

Training

ADEPT(Autism Distance Education Parent Training) - http://media.mindinstitute.org/education/ADEPT/Module1Menu.html. An original M.I.N.D. Institute/CEDD 10-lesson interactive, self-paced, online learning module providing parents with tools and training to more effectively teach their child with autism and other related neurodevelopmental disorders functional skills using applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. Please note that this interactive training requires Adobe Flash to run.

Autism Internet Modules (AIM) - http://www.autisminternetmodules.org/.The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD. These are hosted by OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) http://www.ocali.org/.

Project IDEAL Online - http://www.projectidealonline.org/index.php. This website is part of a teacher preparation program intended to better prepare teachers to work with students with disabilities. Project IDEAL (Informing and Designing Education For All Learners) was made possible by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD). It consists of a series of modules. They are free of charge.

Texas Behavior Support - http://www.txbehaviorsupport.org/default.aspx?name=homepage. This statewide leadership function is hosted at ESC Region 4. The Texas Behavior Support Initiative Modules are hosted at Region 4 (http://www.escweb.net/tx_esc_04/catalog/session.aspx?sessionId=949359). These modules are free of cost, but you must have an ESC Region 4 account. Please go to ESC Region 4's Professional Development webpage (http://www.escweb.net/tx_esc_04/default.aspx) to register for your account. To find the modules, go to the "Search Offerings" section and type "TBSI" into the "Search Professional Development Catalog for" Box. Press the "Search" button. This brings you to the modules.

UC Davis MIND Institute Online Training Materials - http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/ddcenter/CEDD_ourproducts.html. One of the goals of the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities is to provide educational resources on developmental disabilities to the community. To that end, CEDD has sponsored the production of free educational videos and online training modules.

Transition: Planning for Adulthood

Autism and Employment - http://www.dps.missouri.edu/Autism/Adult%20Autism%20&%20Employment.pdf. This is a guide for Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists. It was prepared by Scott Standifer, PhD for the Disability and Policy Studies School of Health Professions University of Missouri. This guide discusses aspect of autism spectrum disorders that can affects an individual's job performance and how the job and work environment can be adjusted to accommodate.

Autism Speaks Family Services Transition Toolkit - http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/family_services/transition.php. The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.

Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Quality Employment Practices - http://www.communityinclusion.org/article.php?article_id=266. This a brief from the Institute for Community Inclusion.

Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism - http://www.autism.sedl.org/. This web site focuses on issues and strategies for improving employment outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.