Educating students with autism requires specific skills and knowledge beyond what is acquired through teacher preservice programs. The goals of the MAEP are:
• to increase district-level knowledge of how to educate students with autism through in-person training, interactive video training, on-site technical assistance and peer-to-peer collaboration; and
• to develop inter-agency collaboration between the OPI, school districts, Part C Agency providers, Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Montana Empowerment Center, and Institutes of Higher Education
The OPI Montana Autism Education Project (MAEP) provides public schools with free autism and/or behavior consultations for students who are qualified under the IDEA. OPI part-time consultants include Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Speech-Language Pathologists and experienced educators.
Note: On-site consultations for students with severe problem behaviors have continued under COVID-19 restrictions, though at a greatly reduced rate.