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.


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, families, and community members 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.

Staff Listing and Biographies

Krista James, AARC Program Coordinator
kjames@sesa.org - 907-334-1312
Krista 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 school 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.

Tara Maltby
tmaltby@sesa.org - 907-334-1313

Tara Maltby is originally from Michigan and has been working in the field of special education for almost 15 years. Tara has a M.ED., and is both a certified general education and certified special education teacher. Over the years she has worked in a variety of settings including a camp for children with behavioral/emotional impairments in upstate NY, a center-based school for students with severe autism and children with multiple disabilities in MI, a resource room, and a self-contained room in a general education school setting in NC. Tara states that she loves working with students with special needs because every day is a new adventure, and everyday she learns something new.

Anne Freitag, Librarian Specialist
afreitag@sesa.org - 907-334-1301
Anne Freitag, Librarian, has lived in Alaska since 1971. She has worked at the SESA Library from 1991-2001, and again from 2003 to the present. Other library experience has included cataloging and young adult librarianship. Anne received her master's in librarianship and information management from the University of Denver, and also has degrees in computer information systems, English, history, and technology. When not working, she enjoys reading and making things.