In the News


Kurt Bassett featured in #60Stories60Years Project

Our Program Assistant, Kurt Bassett, was recently featured as part of the Arc of Indiana’s #60Stories60Years project! View the #60Stories60Years gallery to read Kurt’s story (#56 on the list)!


Riley Blog Interviews Dr. Naomi Swiezy

"Did you know that donors have helped Riley Hospital for Children become a critical statewide resource for children with autism? In today’s Riley Blog, we introduce you to Naomi Swiezy, Ph.D., the Director of the HANDS in Autism Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center, and Alan H. Cohen Family Professor of Psychiatry." Read more...

From the Director: Indiana Special Education Updates

"Dr. Naomi Swiezy, HANDS Director, along with Special Education Director and Assistant Director, Mika Ahlbrand and Marykate Helmsing, guided us through three schools with pre-school through elementary school class rooms that are in various stages of implementing the HANDS philosophy. This framework of structured settings, predictable routines and picture schedules ultimately enables students with significant behavioral challenges to decrease anxieties and increase their learning potential while remaining in their home district."
---Director of Special Education, Dr. Pamela Wright

Promising Practice 2016

Redding Elementary from Seymour Community School Corporation, and Columbia Elementary from Rochester Community School Corporation, recieved the Promising Practice designation from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) after working with HANDS.

From Across the World!

HANDS welcomed guests from Singapore to visit our center on May 11th through 13th.


HANDS in Autism® Intensive Training Featured in IU School of Medicine News

Huge Thanks to TechHounds Robotics Team and the City of Carmel

HANDS in Autism® participated in the Carmel Arts and Design Gallery Walk in June, 2014. During this walk, the TechHounds Robotics Team of Carmel High School displayed six Adirondack chairs sponsored by various businesses and all uniquely decorated by their student members for competition of the first place award. Pictured here is the Autism Awareness chair designed by two TechHound students, Mara Fattah and Vikas Maturi. These talented individuals originally decided to donate their chair to HANDS in Autism(R) but the City of Carmel later sponsored the chair in support of both the TechHounds and HANDS in Autism®. The chair now resides in the waiting area of the HANDS in Autism® Center at the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

Do you receive the ProKids Newsletter? ProKids ( is the leading source for promoting the health and development on young children in Indiana. HANDS in Autism was recently included in their recent newsletter highlighting several of our upcoming events and opportunities. Check out the newsletter: Access

May 19, 2014: Keep an eye out for an upcoming book to be released by Oxford University Press that will provide early stage trainees and clinicians with information regarding ASD that will give an overview of important and pertinent clinical research information that a student, trainee, or young professional may need. Our very own Director: Dr. Swiezy, Assistant Director: Dr. Neal, and Communication and Research Liaison: Danielle Warner, along with Kimberly Lo, a medical resident provided a chapter of the book focused on the importance of and components of successful collaboration between professionals and caregivers of individuals with ASD.

Access HANDS Director, Dr. Naomi Swiezy, was interviewed by WFYI Public Media, Indiana’s largest PBS and NPR member station and had the opportunity to speak about the upcoming Hidden Talents Art Expo! The interview was on April 17th

Access Recent media reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that 1 in 68 individual in the United States is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. This number has increased by 30% since their report of an estimated 1 in 88 released in March of 2012. The CDC’s Dr. Cathy Rice, a valued member of the HANDS in Autism® Advisory Board, is scheduled to speak at the Autism Science Foundation’s (ASF) autism conference on April 10, 2014 and will discuss the recently released autism prevalence data. To read more about Dr. Cathy Rice and others on our Advisory Board.


A View into Hands in Autism

Access Interview with Tiffany Neal, PhD Assistant Director, HANDS in Autism Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center (May 2013)


Indy's Child: Tips on Alleviating Anxiety During the Holidays and at Home

Access The article is the December issue of Indy's Child is based on the interview with Dr. Naomi Swiezy, Ph.D., HSPP.

HANDS in Autism and Indianapolis Public Schools Cooperation

Access The article about the collaboration of IPS and HANDS appeared on the Jola Montessori website in Sprin 2010.

HANDS in Autism and Indianapolis Public Schools Cooperation

Access The article about the collaboration of IPS and HANDS appeared on the Jola Montessori website in Sprin 2010.

Dr. Naomi Swiezy on Sound Medicine

Access On December 12, 2010 Sound Medicine aired an interview with Dr. Naomi Swiezy, PhD, HSPP regarding teacher training opportunities offered through HANDS in Autism, as well as our collaboration with Indiana Public Schools System.

Indiana Resource Network: Indiana DOE Selects HANDS as State Autism Resource Center

We are proud that HANDS in Autism has been designated as one of the six resource centers making up the Indiana Resource Network (IRN) established by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). The Indiana Resource Network (IRN) has been established to assist schools in supporting the education of students with special needs. HANDS has formed partnerships across the state to accomplish the goals listed below.

The goals of our resource center are as follows:

  • Increase knowledge and practical application for school personnel through the use of a variety of professional development activities and materials to instruct in scientifically-based academic and behavioral strategies to improve instruction and intervention for students with ASD.
  • Advance local and state-wide capacity to ensure sustainability, supportability, and consistency in providing academic and behavioral supports to students with ASD.
  • Facilitate collaboration and establish consistent and comprehensible information and resources across schools, families, and medical/community systems to assist in developing supportive networks and effecting best educational outcomes for students with ASD.

Dr. Swiezy speaks out

Read her letter to the editor in response to the student with an ASD who was tased at school.