The content on this site is no longer being updated. Please visit for the most current information from the Georgia Department of Education.

Supporting educational programs designed to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.
Federal Programs
School Improvement

Office of
Innovative Instruction

1752 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
 (404) 657-9963
 (404) 463-0441

Debbie Gay
Director, Special Education Services and Supports

1870 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
 (404) 656-3963
 (404) 651-6457

 Staff Contact List

Report Problems with this Page

Quick Links
No Child Left Behind
State Education Rules

Autism Assessment Project

Assessing the Needs of Children with Autism (ANCA)

In response to requests from local districts, Marcus Autism Center and Georgia Department of Education are continuing collaboration to offer training for selected staff to better meet the needs of children with ASDs in your school. This initiative will help locally nominated educators administer and use data from the ABLLS-R Assessments to guide the development of developmentally appropriate goals based on the individual needs of the learner.

Leading teachers, facilitators and coordinators from eight educational regions will work directly with our consultants. The course material will be delivered via face-to-face instruction, telemedicine (video chat using a secure server) or webinars. Participants will be trained to:

  • Administer and use the ABLLS-R to determine developmental needs and to plan appropriate instruction.
  • Assist others in utilizing the ABLLS-R assessment.
  • Determine appropriateness of other assessment tools.

Each Cohort I participant will identify at least one student to work with for the remainder of the sessions. Participants will conduct assessments with this child and develop goals and objectives based on the assessment.

Materials and competency measures for this child will be used throughout the training series, and the competency measures must be met by all participants. Attendance at all training sessions is necessary, as each training session builds on lessons from the previous session.

Selection and Registration of ANCA Participants

All Cohort I representatives who teach mild, moderate and low functioning students with autism from each school district with a foundational knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders attend these meetings and develop the capability of assisting with training for school systems. Special education directors are encouraged to work closely with project participants who can assist in building local program capacity. This training is open to only those who participated in the ANCA project for the 2010-2011 school year.

The dates and locations for the spring training sessions are posted and registration is currently available. All ANCA training sessions will be from 8:30 – 3:30, except for the Muscogee County meetings which will be from 10:00 – 4:00. For questions or additional information please contact Dr. Alice Murphy at 404-657-9957 or

To register at the location nearest location near you click on ANCA Assessment Project Registration

Prerequisite information will be emailed to all participants prior to Session I.

Region Session 1 Session 2
Cook County Oct. 12, 2011 Jan. 13, 2012
Evans County Oct. 3, 2011 Jan. 24, 2012
Floyd County Nov. 1, 2011 Feb. 7, 2012
Heard County Nov. 17, 2011 Feb. 28, 2012
Laurens County Nov. 15, 2011 Feb. 21, 2012
Muscogee County Nov. 8, 2011 Feb. 14, 2012
Richmond County Oct. 26, 2011 Jan. 31, 2012
Spalding County Oct. 18, 2011 Jan. 17, 2012

Location Addresses
Cook County
South Georgia GLRS
245 North Robinson Street
Lenox, GA 31637
Phone 229-546-4367
Laurens County
Laurens Baptist Association Office
1882 Trinity Hill Drive
Dublin, GA 31021
Phone 478-275-3666
Evans County
Evans County Board of Education
613 West Main Street
Claxton, GA 30417
Phone 912-739-3544
Muscogee County
West Georgia GLRS
3000 Macon Road
Columbus, GA 31906
Phone 706-243-2669
Floyd County
North West GLRS
3167 Cedartown Highway, SE
Rome, GA 30161
Phone 706-295-6189
Richmond County
Richmond County BOE
864 Broad Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone 706-826-1132
Heard County
West Central GLRS
99 Brown School Drive
Grantville, GA 30220
Phone 770-583-2528
Spalding County
Metro South GLRS
440 Tilney Avenue
Griffin, GA 30224
Phone 770-229-3247