The Oregon Program Autism Training Sites and Supports (OrPATS) project brings evidence-based practices to Oregon schools throughout the state. Over 40 training sites have been established in Oregon public schools in each region of the state and across all grade levels.
Training sites model evidence-based practices identified by the National Autism Center and the National Professional Development Center. Each training site has an autism consultant providing coaching to visiting instructional staff. In addition to training sites, the OrPATS project has developed supports for both special and general education professionals and paraprofessionals. These supports include:
- comprehensive workshops conducted in each region of the state
- follow-up webinars for workshop attendees
- training site visits and classroom consultation for workshop attendees
- extensive training and materials support over 40 training sites and an additional 55 Autism Teams throughout the state
- collaboration with the Oregon Autism Commission to develop and implement an on-line version of the ASD Program Self-Assessment and Action Plan
- continued development of a web-based resource for general educators to promote inclusive practices for students with ASD
The project is funded by the Oregon Department of Education and collaborates with the Oregon Regional Programs. The project is administered by STAR Autism Support and Northwest Regional ESD.
The OrPATS Project in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Education, the Oregon Autism Commission and the Oregon Regional Programs has established a new and expanded set of objectives for the OrPATS project for 2015-2017. Objectives range from maintaining existing training sites, supporting students in general education classrooms and assisting districts with an on-line submission for the Oregon ASD Program Self-Assessment.
OrPATS Project Objectives for 2015 – 2017
|Administrate and coordinate the OrPATS Project.|
|Conduct an on-going evaluation using student outcome data, ASD Program Self-Assessment, fidelity of implementation data and other data as appropriate.|
|Collaborate with the Oregon Regional Management Team, ODE and the Oregon ASD Commission to coordinate the ASD Self-Assessment Revision Process.|
|Maintain the On-line ASD Self-Assessment system and assist Regional Programs/School Districts to conduct the assessments, identify an action plan and meet training needs.|
|Maintain and continue to develop the existing OrPATS training sites.|
|Provide support to Early Childhood Programs to implement evidence-based practices in a variety of environments.|
|Establish post-secondary transition model training teams in each region of the state.|
|Conduct training workshops on evidence-based practices throughout the state.|
|Conduct new autism specialist / consultant training.|
|Provide follow-up webinar support and training site visitation support to workshop participants in order to ensure implementation of the evidence-based practices.|
|Collaborate with regional program staff to use ORPATS training sites to provide training to a variety of district staff.|
|Supporting students and staff in general education to promote inclusion of all students.|
|Provide reimbursement funds for substitute release time to attend workshops and for follow-up training at training sites.|