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Project DART: Distance Education for Autism Personnel in Rural Texas  

This project will recruit, prepare, retain, evaluate, mentor, and graduate highly qualified personnel from rural communities of Texas in the area of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), by using distributed learning technologies and instructional methods. The aim is to reach out to special education teachers and parents who live in rural parts of Texas and who do not have access to high-quality, comprehensive autism training. The project will use distributed educational technologies and instructional formats (including trigger video, blogging, journaling, role playing, simulations, scenarios, games and peer evaluation of products, video streaming, and video-conferencing and teleconferencing) to provide expert preparation in the area of ASD, including mild, moderate, and severe levels of disability. The project will utilize all of the courses in the existing Autism Intervention Master's Degree and redesign the instructional delivery model from face-to-face to distributed learning technologies to provide effective preparation of personnel in rural parts of Texas. In addition to the required coursework, the project will also fund an intensive one-week summer institute at the University of North Texas, Denton for all program participants, in order to provide additional hands-on training and mentorship. A minimum of 65% of the total annual funds is designated for personnel support. Finally, when students graduate from this program, regional and local experts will mentor them during their first year of teaching to ensure retention. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $199,806.00
Current Award Period 2008-2012
Project Number H325K080230
Principal Investigator Mehta, Smita
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services? (Services)
Subcategory Practitioner Training
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LA. Test four methods to improve dissemination, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, services, and supports in diverse community settings by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $7,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of North Texas
State/Country Texas
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