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Project Title

Project Title

Improving educational identification in rural communities

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Hepburn, Susan

Description

Description

The overall goal of this research project is to test the effectiveness of a distance learning model to improve educational identification of autism in rural and underserved areas. Building on a 10-year training collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education, the investigators will provide three levels of professional development and support to school districts across the state. These levels are: (1) web-based modules on screening/assessment for autism in school settings; (2) supported implementation of a teacher nomination strategy to screen children for ASD school-wide; and (3) case consultation to school teams via secure/confidential videoconferencing. To measure the impact of this approach, the investigators will collect data on the number of schools and educators who agree to participate, the number of children nominated (i.e., deemed "at risk" for possible ASD) per school, the number who participate in an assessment, and the number who are identified as having an ASD. The investigators plan to document the amount of personnel time required to implement the screening protocol and follow-up case consultations, as well as gather data on feasibility and acceptability from educational team members and parents in participating districts. The overall effectiveness of this approach will be assessed by examining objective Child Count data collected through Part B, with the goal of increasing the number of students with autism who receive the appropriate and timely educational eligibility by 30% (above data reported for school year 2009, which will be available in July, 2011). Implementation and program evaluation are the final steps of the program of technical assistance in educational identification. This project is endorsed by the Colorado Department of Education Autism Task Force, the Colorado Autism Commission, and several special education directors in districts around the state.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

100000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LC. Evaluate new and existing pre-service and in-service training to increase skill levels in service providers, including direct support workers, parents and legal guardians, education staff, and public service workers, to benefit the spectrum of people with ASD to and promote interdisciplinary practice by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $8,000,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Improving educational identification in rural communities (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Colorado Denver

State/Country

State/Country

Colorado

Project Number

Project Number

7775

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Improving educational identification in rural communities | 100000 | 2012 | 7775
Improving educational identification in rural communities | 0 | 2014 | 7775

 
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