Save the Date! ASSERT Plans Reunion Party
The ASSERT (Autism Support Services: Education, Research and Training) program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities will mark its 10th anniversary in August with a reunion party for all former and current families and staff. The party starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 9 at an as-yet-to-be-determined park in Logan. ASSERT program coordinator Lyndsay Nix has asked anyone who has ever been involved with ASSERT to spread the word to former families and employees. For more information as it becomes available, or to RSVP, call Nix at (435) 797-8278. The primary goal of ASSERT is to build the capacity of Utah school districts to provide effective, research-based educational services to children with autism. In the last 10 years, about 50 families have received direct services in the ASSERT preschool classroom at the CPD. ASSERT has trained more than 100 special education professionals in 14 Utah school districts, and 18 graduate and more than 160 undergraduate students have learned to implement the same research-based interventions. According to ASSERT Director Tom Higbee, children with autism who receive research-based intervention acquire the skills they need to become independently integrated into their neighborhood schools. The students served in ASSERT on-campus and school district programs have made significant educational and behavioral gains.