Research supports the use of visual strategies which is an effective method of 1) improving communication and 2) reducing challenging behaviors. However, families and educators still struggle with understanding how to use and create visual supports. in response to this problem, the PACER Center will offer a free Visual Strategies workshop series for parents and professionals who work with students with ASD. This free series of five workshops will be open to all Minnesota residents including those in rural Minnesota. Each participant will receive 15 hours of training on topics such as: Foundations for Using Visual Strategies, Introduction to Board Making Tools, Using Symbol Supported Text, Creating Social Scripts, and Implementing Visual Strategies. in addition to providing 15 hours of training, four open computer lab sessions will be provided to give participants the opportunity to create, customize and have hands-on time with programs demonstrated during the workshop series. the open lab sessions will give parents time to work with the programs discussed, in a supported environment, free of charge, thus off-setting the growing costs of technology.