Statewide Autism Resources and Training
The Statewide Autism Resources and Training Project (START) was funded by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education starting in 2001 to develop a training and resource model for educators serving students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) that increases local capacity, promotes collaboration across the state, and creates a comprehensive model for serving students with ASD. In the START Project, a statewide collaborative system is emphasized that includes all intermediate school districts in Michigan. Over time, the focus of the START Project has become systems level change initiated and implemented by school staff and administrators willing to commit to using evidence-based practices in the areas of educational programming, professional development, parent-professional collaboration, and cross district/county collaboration.
For more information about the START Project, go to www.gvsu.edu/autismcenter.