Professional training transforms quality of services for students with autism

The U.S. Department of Education gives more than $1.2 million to improve services for students with high-intensity disabilities.

 Project title 
Interdisciplinary Multicultural Professional Autism Clinical Training (IMPACT)

 Official grant name 

Interdisciplinary Multicultural Professional Autism Clinical Training (IMPACT)

 Award amount 

 Grant effective dates 
January 1, 2022December 31, 2026

 Principal investigator(s) 
Erin Rotheram-Fuller

 Direct sponsor 
U.S. Department of Education

The challenge

Elementary-aged students with autism spectrum disorder with high-intensity needs often have a team of professionals to support their learning and quality of life. However, those specialists do not always know how to communicate and collaborate with one another, and this creates gaps in providing coordinated services to students. More information and collaboration in the training process of all professionals can help improve comprehensive support for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

The approach

A two-year interdisciplinary training program, Interdisciplinary Multicultural Professional Autism Clinical Training (IMPACT), has been created to support the training and development of speech and language pathologists, and autism specialists. The training is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the principal investigator is Erin Rotheram-Fuller. 

The program uses collaborative coursework, interdisciplinary ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) seminars with case consultation, collaborative field work, and applied projects in the field to help students from multiple disciplines learn to provide interdisciplinary collaborative care around ASD.

First cohorts in coursework and seminars have begun and organizers are recruiting four new cohorts over the next four years. Contact Erin Rotheram-Fuller at to learn more.


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