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Hillsboro Center Trains Teachers
The NW Regional ESD in Hillsboro opened a center to train teachers and serve about 500 students. 2 dozen have autism. The ESD took 4.3 million in federal stimulus to purchase and remodel a former school. This center will train teachers both at the center and online to work with students with disabilities up to age 21.
"Classroom instructors may have degrees in special education but not specifically in autism, said Laura LaMarsh, ESD coordinator for autism services. There is no teacher certification for autism like there is for deaf/hard-of-hearing and visually impaired. "
Unfortunately, most parents and educators do not realize that there IS a certification for people to work with students with autism. It is called Behavior Analyst Certification Board (http://bacb.com). In fact, if you view the list of 23 certified individuals in Oregon, you will find many in Eugene, where U of O is starting up a program in behavior analysis (see http://bacb.com/index.php?page=100155 and search on Oregon).