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About Us...

Welcome to Region 17's Autism Website. Our goal is to provide support and training via staff development and on-site technical assistance. We work to ensure that districts are effectively and confidently implementing programs using evidence-based best practices in visual strategies and other effective teaching methodologies designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training

Training is designed to address the full range of student and district needs which include, but are not limited to: communication skills, social skills, assessment, academic skills, self-help skills, instructional methodologies, and current research in the scientific field of autism.

Additionally, support is available to assist districts with compliance to the state requirements for extended-year programming, in-home training, and parent training.


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines autism as a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal communication, nonverbal communication, and social interaction. Other characteristics often associated with autism are: engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements; resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines; and unusual responses to sensory experiences. The characteristics of autism are generally evident before age three, but a child who manifests the characteristics after age three could be identified as having autism if the eligibility criteria are satisfied.

Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training

Training, support, and resources for educators serving students with autism.


Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching

TARGET assists schools in developing practices from initial referral to program development and implementation with a strong emphasis on research-based and peer-reviewed strategies.

TSLAT Flyer-WEB Final Jan 2023.pdf




Autism Supplement

In recognition of the unique learning needs of students with autism, Texas regulations (§ 89.1055) require that eleven specific strategies be considered and addressed, as practicable and as needed, in the IEP. The consideration of these strategies is documented in a portion of the IEP referred to as the Autism Supplement and must be based on peer-reviewed, research-based educational programming practices. TEA has provided guidance related to the Autism Supplement.



Autism Circuit

Welcome to the Texas Autism Circuit

For every tool you will find:

  •  An explanation of how and when to use
  •  Printable templates and resources
  •  Links to opportunities to further your knowledge on the evidence-base for that strategy