Wednesday, June 7, 2017

FREE Online Autism Training from the OPI Montana Autism Education Project

The OPI Montana Autism Education Project is offering 55+ hours of online training in Teaching Procedures, Behavior Interventions and Focused Topics to public school staff in Montana who educate students with autism spectrum disorders. A listing and description of the training content can be found here. The training can be taken for OPI renewal units and ASHA CEUs.

You can find more information and register for the online training here. New groups start the middle of each month and you will be sent information then. 

These are some of the results of our post-training survey:


Information for Speech-Language Providers

ASHA members and/or MT state licensed SLPs are qualified to earn ASHA CEUs for completing the online Relias Learning curriculum. In 2011, a MT licensed SLP completed the ATS training as an "Independent Study" course and earned ASHA CEUs.

ASHA requires that Independent Study activities are approved 30 days prior to the start of the learning activity.

Independent Study forms should be dated at least 30 days prior to the date of the first certificate for completing a module. Below is a link for the ASHA Independent study form. Independent study plans are limited to 20 hours. Participants fill out the form and send it to the Montana MSHA rep. Contact Doug Doty at for information on whom to send it to.  

The link below will take you directly to the Independent Study form:


Monday, March 20, 2017

Bucking Trend, 9 In 10 With Autism Land Jobs After Training

When given the right supports and training, a new study suggests that nearly all young people with autism who qualify for supported employment can learn to excel on the job.
Nine out of 10 transition-age youth with autism who participated in an intensive job training program were working part-time earning at least minimum wage three months after graduating high school. What’s more, 87 percent were still working after 12 months.
By comparison, just 6 percent of their peers with autism who did not participate in the intervention were employed three months after graduation and only 12 percent were working after a year, according to findings published in the April issue of the journal Autism.

Webinar - AT and Apps to Support Learners with Autism

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

Assistive Technology can support learners with autism who may struggle with executive function skills such as scheduling and reminders, organization and time on task, attention and focus, social skills, as well as behavior monitoring and sensory breaks. In this webinar we will demonstrate and discuss various apps and AT options, including wearable technology to support students with autism, to foster engagement, inclusion, independence and success in the educational environment. 

Register here. 

Webinar: Independent Living Skills and Resources for Transition-Age Youth

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT

Join Independent Living Specialist Cassie Weightman to learn: 
  • What "independent living" means and what life domains it includes
  • How to plan and prepare for it from the time kids are young, and
  • How Centers for Independent Living fit in and what resources they can offer transition-age youth
Please note: some of the resources shared may be Montana-specific.

Reserve your webinar seat now at: 

Please note: If you are unable to attend on the scheduled date or if registration closes because the session is full, the webinar will be recorded and archived to the Transition and Employment Projects website.

Webinar - Achieving Financial Independence with Ticket to Work and the ABLE Act

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
3 - 4:30 p.m. ET 


WISE webinars are a great first step for people who have a disability and are ready and able to benefit from the social and financial rewards of employment. Please download and post this flyer or forward this invitation to others who might be interested in this event.The March 22 webinar will present the following information: 

  • The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, a new option that allows certain people with disabilities to save for the future while protecting their eligibility for public benefits 
  • Ticket to Work and Work Incentives and 
  • Additional resources 
Register online today at