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LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center

411 S. Prieur New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 556-7585 | Fax:(504) 556-7574


Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities Project

The Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASARD) Project has been a partnership between the LSUHSC Human Development Center and the Louisiana Department of Education since 2006.  The overall purpose of LASARD is to improve outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities.  Due to the rising prevalence of ASD, there is an increased need for highly effective educators to provide the best possible services and supports for students with ASD and their families. 


Although the primary focus of LASARD is support for students with ASD, LASARD also provides support for students with related disabilities.   Those related disabilities have included: Developmental Delay, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Orthopedic Impairment, Speech/Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment.  This also includes students who have been identified as Gifted and Talented.

Upcoming Events


The End of Bullying Begins With You

Thursday, March 1, 2018

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Via Adobe Connect

Long thought to be just a part of growing up, bullying is increasingly seen as a public health issue. In a study of 8-17 year olds, researchers found that children with ASD were more than three times as likely to be bullied as their peers (Twyman, 2010). Imagine having the tools and strategies to promote and support a safe and accepting environment for all students. This webinar will provide just such concrete strategies that can be utilized in classrooms, schools, and at home.

Register here!


All Means All: Building Inclusive Practices in Schools

Thursday, March 8, 2018

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Via Adobe Connect

What are the post-school outcomes for students with ASD and related disabilities who were included in general education classes compared to those who were educated in self-contained settings?  This basic to intermediate level workgroup will review the research that addresses this question and share indicators of inclusive schools. Participants will evaluate their own schools and determine a plan to improve access to the general education for students with ASD and related disabilities.

Register here!


Autism Training Modules

In collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Education, the LSUHSC Human Development Center has developed online professional development modules as part of the Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASARD) Project. There are nine modules offered.  Each module takes approximately an hour to complete, and CEUs are available upon successful completion of a short quiz. 

All modules are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.

Click here to get to the Autism Training Modules.


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