The Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center offers on-site training to providers seeking to support children with learning challenges, specifically, children with autism spectrum and other related disorders in community settings.  This is a free outreach service that has helped educators, librarians, child care providers, etc.,  adapt their programs to meet the needs of those who may learn and/or behave differently.  The intent of this program is to enhance everyone’s success in participating in community based programs.

Some information and strategies taught include:

  • What is autism?
  • Visual strategies, e.g., schedules, signage, social stories, etc.
  • Computer technology, e.g., use of iPads, Software etc.
  • Sensory regulation, e.g., use of fidgets, movement activities, etc.

In addition, the MLW/DEC provides community education through information tables and  presence at various community events and supports specific Autism Awareness activities throughout the year.

Who can access the service?

All community based providers seeking to successfully include children with autism and related disorders in their program, such as:

  • Child Care providers
  • Librarians
  • Educators
  • Recreation specialists
  • Parents
  • Social services and health care staff
  • other

Who are the staff?

The staff involved with the training programs are professionals of the Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center representing the disciplines of: school psychology, special education, speech pathology and occupational therapy.

What is the cost?

The trainings are provided as a free community services by the MLW/DEC since 2006.

For More Information:

Charissa Taylor, M.A., CAS, at (315)472-4404 ext 329 or email


215 Bassett Street Syracuse, NY 13210 P: 315 472-4404 F: 315 478-2337
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