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Winner of the Banner Competition

Congratulations to our banner competition winner, Seamas Jarman. His unique and inspiring piece, Unique-Creative-Talented-Complex-Determined-Amazing will be displayed on our website, social media outlets and in the 2018 Art Expo flyer. Seamas specializes in Disney characters and cartoons. He has also been learning to create 3-dimensional creations using various media. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements and submission deadlines for this year’s Art Expo, Worth 1,000 Words.

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Intensive 3-Day Programming & Workshop

Join us for a unique training opportunity featuring hands-on experience and coaching in simulated and natural work environments as part of the HANDS Model in Practice. Professionals will work alongside consumers with ASD in a variety of employment settings while also learning the process of applying the HANDS Model.

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Intensive & Interactive Trainings

Ongoing training opportunities for edcucational and medical professionals, support personnel, and families

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Open Space
Tools & Resources

We offer numerous tools & resources to support individuals with ASD

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April 2018 - Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with HANDS in Autism®

Find out how you can celebrate Autism Awareness Month with HANDS in Autism®: from activities with your indivdiuals with ASD to raising awareness and acceptance in the community

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HANDS Community Cookbook: Shout-Out for Recipes!

Community Cookbook: shout-out for recipes

With each submission, you can share up to THREE recipes. If you would like to share more, please submit the current recipes and start a new submission.

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Indiana Autism Needs Assessment

  • Do you live in a rural area?
  • Are you part of a Spanish-speaking community?
  • Do you serve as a school personnel, justice professional, first responder, medical provider, or direct service provider in a residential or intensive behavioral setting?

HANDS in Autism® at the IU School of Medicine has conducted an analysis of the resources and services related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Indiana over the past 4 years. The results fromt he survey from previous years have been used to inform changes to the Indiana Comprehensive State Plan for Individuals with ASD. Specific efforts are needed to assist in gathering increased input from those in rural/urban areas, Spanish-speaking communities, justice personnel, first responders, medical providers, and direct service providers in residential and other community settings, to best inform the goals in 2018.

We would love to hear from you!

To complete the Indiana Autism Needs Assessment, follow the link: https://is.gd/NA2018. Please forward this link to your friends and colleages

Contact us at hands@iupui.edu or 317-274-2697 with questions regarding the Comprehensive State Plan or survey


2018 ArtExpo Banner Competition Winner

Congratulations to our banner competition winner, Seamas Jarman. His unique and inspiring piece, Unique-Creative-Talented-Complex-Determined-Amazing will be displayed on our website, social media outlets and in the 2018 Art Expo flyer. Seamas specializes in Disney characters and cartoons. He has also been learning to create 3-dimensional creations using various media. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements and submission deadlines for this year’s Art Expo, Worth 1,000 Words

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Join Our Team!

  • Special Education Support Specialist 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. 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. 

    Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    • Provide consultation to individuals, families and providers regarding appropriate and effective academic, vocational and functional programming within home/community settings.
    • Assist in the development, preparation and implementation of outreach trainings provided within the context of the HANDS in Autism program.
    • Assist with the dissemination of basic educational materials and research literature to help educate caregivers/staff/professionals.
    • Provide innovation in service delivery with development of workshops responsive to the expressed needs of the community and State.

    To be successful, candidates should have theoretical understanding and philosophical appreciation for team and community interventions. Be able to work as a team player; ability to communicate effectively with staff, parents, providers, employers and other consumers. Should be able to present professionally, maintain accurate and organized records and be able to work with minimal supervision or feedback. Be able to deal with difficult clients/families/consumers and handle stress in meeting deadlines and carrying out responsibilities.

      Please contact Naomi Swiezy, Ph.D., HSPP at nswiezy@iupui.edu with any interest and to share your resume.  Formal posting and application to follow.


  • Behavior and Community Technician Do you have interest in joining and growing and evolving team of specialists with a mission of growing local capacity in the use of evidence-based practices across the state of Indiana?  Would you enjoy assisting in the development and implementation of educational and behavioral tools to support resource dissemination, service delivery, research, training and community integration activities?   The Behavior and Community Technician will  assist with these and other activities on a team with focused interest in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and those with other social, communication and behavioral disorders across the lifespan. The technician will generally support the service, resource, training and community integration components as well as facilitate the widespread dissemination, information sharing, networking, and training efforts across areas of the state. Bachelor’s degree in science or health-related field preferred. 
      Please contact Naomi Swiezy, Ph.D., HSPP at nswiezy@iupui.edu with any interest and to share your resume.  Formal posting and application to follow.

Student and Internship Positions available!

HANDS is looking for dedicated students, interns, residents and post-doctoral fellows to fill specific roles within our organization. This is a great way for students to gain additional experience and exposure as part of their programming, electives, rotations, and/or educational experiences!


We are looking for...
  • Program Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Practicum, Internship, or Fieldwork Placements
  • To fill out an application, click here.

    For more information on the student positions, view PDF.

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