Matthias Niedenberger(a HANDSmade participant) and his family as well as Kate Bonner from Riley Children's Foundation (RCF) participated at the Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc. State Convention in April to spread awareness about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), HANDS and the Next Steps™ program.
Ongoing training opportunities for edcucational and medical professionals, support personnel, and families
Be a part of an innovative and passionate interdisciplinary team conducting statewide service, training and research activities! HANDS in Autism® has a number of current and upcoming employment possibilities:
Special Educator: Are you a licensed special educator with a range of classroom/educational experience with students with ASD/DD? Do you have interest in conducting direct programming as well as a full range of outreach, education and training across the state? The HANDS in Autism® Special Educational Specialist will provide consultation in special education related areas on a team of experts in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities across the lifespan. In addition, this specialist will provide a range of consultation and follow up services at the Center as well as within the community setting; provide basic educational materials to families, school personnel, and other caregivers and providers; create tools utilized for education/training in clinical and research formats; assist in research and student training activities; conduct ongoing workshops and trainings to a range of consumers. Indiana licensure and MA preferred.
Transition Specialist: Are you a license-eligible master’s level specialist (e.g., psychology, social work, mental health clinician, educator) trained in designing and implementing behavioral and vocational skills programming for individuals of transition age with ASD/DD? Do you have interest in conducting direct programming as well as a full range of outreach, education and training across the state? The Transition Specialist will provide consultation related to programming of transition age youth and adults on a team of experts in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities across the lifespan. In addition, this specialist will provide a range of consultation and follow up services at the Center as well as within the community setting; provide basic educational materials to a variety of consumers (families, school personnel, and other caregivers and providers); create tools utilized for training in clinical and research formats; assist in research and student training activities; and conduct ongoing workshops and trainings to a range of consumers. Indiana licensure and MA preferred.
Media Specialists: Are you a creative and passionate professional in technology and/or instructional design? Help to support the HANDS in Autism® Center by coordinating the design and development of instructional materials and supporting the use of web-based and distance learning methods. Media Specialists support material (e.g., handouts, manuals, DVDs) creation as well as widespread dissemination and varied learning methods through web-based mechanisms. These specialists will maintain the website, maintain frequent and consistent online communications with consumers though online formats, oversee all web-based technology systems, develop innovative training platforms for distance/virtual learning and inform components of grant applications.
If you are or know anyone who might fit these descriptions, please contact Dr. Naomi Swiezy email@example.com to determine current opportunities.
Indiana Autism Needs Assessment
- What do you think about the current resources and services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Indiana?
- What has worked in supporting families, caregivers, and individuals with ASD? What has not?
- What changes do you think should be made?
HANDS in Autism® at the IU School of Medicine is currently reviewing and seeking input on the current resources and services available for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the families and professionals that support them. As part of these efforts, the HANDS in Autism® Center is looking for input from anyone who may be personally affected by ASD or who has a connection or role in supporting or serving individuals with ASD. All responses will be confidential with only summary data being shared with the State. After you finish the survey, you will be given an additional opportunity to participate through telephone interviews and/or web-based conference calls or live groups from areas across the state.
Results from the survey will assist in informing the successes, challenges, and needs among groups who are affected by and support individuals with ASD. Each part of the process is essential in making recommendations and informing areas of success and need in your community and across the state. Your participation is highly valued!
To complete the Indiana Autism Needs Assessment, click on the following link: http://tinyurl.com/autismneeds
For questions about the survey or current efforts, please feel free to contact the HANDS in Autism® Center at hands at iupui.edu
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