HANDS Developmental Disabilities & Autism ECHO

Are you seeking to learn more about Circles of Support, Lifespan Considerations, and Services with a Critical, Informed Eye? Our HANDS: Developmental Disabilities & Autism ECHO: Individuals & Caregivers Series Sessions focuses on these topics, and these free, virtual sessions are available to:

Individuals with Developmental Disabilities   

Community & Medical Providers/Professionals  

Family Members & Caregivers   


But they are beneficial for everyone!

Circles of Support Sessions: Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. EST

Lifespan Considerations Sessions: Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EST

Services with a Critical, Informed Eye: Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. EST

Certificates of completion will be made available for providers who would like to submit proof of attendance to their professional organizations for continuing education credits.

To register for our upcoming HANDS: Developmental Disabilities & Autism ECHO: Individuals & Caregivers Series, please use the link below.


Goal: We aim to enhance accessibility and improve the quality of care for individuals with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. We achieve this by providing a tele-mentoring program that equips and supports the developmental disability community.

Objectives: Our goal is to create a culturally responsive telementoring program that employs a data-driven, community-engaged curriculum. We aim to approve:

  • Knowledge of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities (DD).
  • Perceptions and attitudes toward seeking or providing care
  • Pedagogy (i.e., use of terminology and recommendations rooted in EBPs)
  • Accessibility of care and services
  • Quality of care and services
  • Provider (i.e., training and service) and individual (i.e., service) satisfaction
  • Accessibility, usability, and feasibility of changes
  • Adoption, penetration, and sustainability of changes

What is Project ECHO ™:  HANDS: Developmental Disabilities & Autism ECHO is based on the Project ECHO ™ model, which enhances training impact and shares best practices through a web-based database. ECHO participants engage in a virtual community with their peers where they share support, guidance, and feedback. As a result, our collective understanding of how to disseminate and implement best practices across diverse disciplines continuously improves and expands. Learn more: https://hsc.unm.edu/echo/what-we-do/about-the-echo-model.html

How the HANDS: Developmental Disabilities & Autism ECHO Works: You will join our team of interdisciplinary experts and other participant learners over a teleconferencing platform, where you will engage in case-based learning and mentorship through discussion of real cases from learner practices.

Typical sessions follow the following general sequence:

To participate, you will need:

  • Internet access (preferably high-speed to enable uninterrupted video conferencing)
  • Laptop or desktops are preferred, as they will allow you to see shared documents. However, a hand-held device can work as well!
  • A front-facing camera on a smartphone, tablet, or computer

What Are the Benefits of Participating in the HANDS: Developmental Disabilities and Autism ECHO?

The ECHO model provides a virtual platform for learning, networking, and mentorship in advances in disability care across the lifespan by leading professionals or experts in a range of fields, as facilitated by the HANDS team at our hub at the IU School of Medicine and the IU Health System. Together, we will address the most routine to the most complex cases as a community of practice with practical ideas for immediate application within your setting (e.g., home, school, practice, community).

Participation HANDS: Developmental Disabilities & Autism ECHO:

Project ECHO participant activities and expectations are shared within the ECHO Study Information Packet and related confirmation emails. These sessions are available to interested participants. Confirmation of interest can be confirmed via this link: https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b2usIWtbcHiDuR0. For questions, please reach out to the HANDS ECHO team via email at asdecho@iu.edu.