Welcome to the Alaska Autism Resource Center
The AARC serves the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families, caregivers, and service providers throughout the state of Alaska. We provide information, referral, training, and consultation via on-site and distance delivery. The Alaska Autism Resource Center (AARC) is a project of the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) located in Anchorage, Alaska.
The AARC is a funded by the Alaska Mental Health Lands Trust, the Department of Education and Early Development, and the Alaska Infant Learning Program.
Toll Free Phone Number
Our toll free phone number provides access to our trained autism specialists who are available to answer questions, provide information, and plan/schedule training and consultation.
Mission, Goals and Objectives
* To increase understanding and support for Alaskans of all ages with autism spectrum disorder via collaboration with families, schools and communities throughout the state.
* Provide referral information to families seeking diagnostic and support services for their family member with ASD.
* Team with other organizations and agencies to broaden the scope and availability of autism services in Alaska.
* Provide in-service training to school district personnel in remote, rural, and urban Alaska.
* Work with community, medical, and adult service providers to increase understanding of and appropriate services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
* Provide up-to-date,information on all aspects of ASD via in-person and distance consultation.
* Maintain a user-friendly website.
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Krista James, M.Ed, Autism Resource Specialist
Krista James is a new Alaskan resident who has recently accepted the position of Autism Resource Specialist with the Alaskan Autism Resource Center. She moved to Anchorage from Louisiana where she worked for LSU Health Sciences Center – Human Development Center in New Orleans as a facilitator on a state Autism project designed to train and provide technical assistance to multidisciplinary teams serving students with ASD in districts across Louisiana. She is, most importantly, a Special Education Teacher who has taught students with autism and other significant disabilities in several states and in a variety of instructional settings ranging from a special school to co-teaching in inclusive settings. Krista received her M.Ed. in Special Education from Wilmington University and additional graduate coursework in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of New Orleans.