ASD Program

What do we do?

Berrien RESA's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) program provides a positive learning environment, enabling students to achieve and enhance self-confidence, self-esteem, independence, social acceptance, intellectual, and personal growth according to their Individualized Educational Program and Transitional Service Plan.

We are here for YOU!

Berrien RESA participates in the Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project, a collaborative network that involves educators, support professionals, and families who come together to connect, share and grow to better teach students on the autism spectrum. The focus of the START Project is to utilize evidence-based practices in the areas of educational programming, professional development, and parent-professional collaboration.

Weather Closures

Please check your local news stations for the latest information relative to school closings and delays. Closures and delays are based on the school where your child’s classroom is located.


Download our printable ASD program brochure. This document is updated every August. For more up to date contact information, please visit our Directory

Student holding leash of therapy dog from The Bark Angels Program

This is what success looks like!

Friends from The Bark Angels Therapy Dog Program have been spending time with students in our ASD program to work on social interaction and engagement, and communication. Check out Bark Angel Ava and her handler, Kathryn, visiting with Kwantel!

The Bark Angels are a therapy dog group trained at The Petz Carlton in Benton Harbor.  Each of the certified therapy dogs is handled by a trained volunteer and have current vaccinations and health records.  The Bark Angels Therapy Dogs currently work with several organizations in our community including:
  
Spectrum Health Lakeland
Sonya Ansari Center for Autism at LOGAN
Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor
PACE of Southwest Michigan
Berrien Community Foundation
Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Resources

School Improvement Plan (BLC)
School Improvement Plan (LEC)
Procedural Safeguards
2019-2020 Student Parent Handbook

Parent information

Annual Education Report
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Advisory
Pest Management
Transportation Handbook

Sex Education Review

As part of the Michigan's Revised School Code, Berrien RESA has made the choice to teach students about health and sex education each school year.  By doing this, we must follow rules outlined by the State which include a Health and Sex Education Advisory Board that must meet every two years for the purpose of updating and approving materials and adjust plans surrounding the law, practices, data and implementation of health and sex education.  

While Berrien RESA had plans of beginning this review in April 2020, with the unforeseen cancellation of in-person instruction due to COVID-19 that started March 16, 2020 and goes through the remainder of the school year, Berrien RESA cannot complete all the requirements and allow equal access to all communities members during this time.  Because of this, the review will go past the two-year time frame and will be completed during the first part of the 2020-2021 school year. 

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