Transition to Adulthood, Employability, and Post-Secondary Inclusive Practices:
An Intensive Training for Specialists Supporting Individuals with ASD and Related Disabilities across Community Settings
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Now We’re Online!
In an effort to support employment, job coach and vocational rehabilitation (VR) personnel as well as transition teachers, specialists and coordinators during the times of COVID-19 and school closures, we will be offering our 3-Day Intensive Training online!
We are making important modifications to the training format and structure carefully considering the impact that online training and learning may have on all areas relating to essential elements in programming for success for individuals with ASD and others with social, communication and behavioral disorders. The use of evidence-based principles and practices are no less relevant in the current context; but with more online and/or hybrid (i.e., online and live) efforts, the application of these principles is paramount. Effective adaptations and collaborations must be used to ensure, wherever and however the instruction is delivered, that essential elements for successful intervention are implemented to attain the most successful outcomes.
Who should be attending?
We are happy to welcome employment providers, coaches, educators, and specialists in community, work, and school settings!
What is this training about?
Our online training is similar to our live training with the exception of the live classroom and workplace experiences. That is, we are designing interactive activities to allow opportunities for engaging in simulated practice of skills learned both independently and in groups, as well as opportunities for ongoing mentoring, coaching, and feedback from our HANDS trainers.
We do have to warn you that just because you can take class while wearing your pajamas, it does not mean that the course is easy! To gain the skills that you can take with you to your school, office or community setting, you will need to work with us just as hard in this online format as is required during the traditional onsite training!
Here is what you will engage in:
- Topics including proactive supports, workplace and community accommodations, goal setting, skills assessment and teaching
- Interactive practice, coaching, and feedback within simulated and video-based formats
- Practical discussions regarding problem-solving solutions that work across settings and disabilities
- Experiences perfect for new and experienced employment or programming service providers and managers, job coaches, transition specialists, coordinators, & teachers
What will the training look like?
It will still be a 3-day intensive training with a set of modules you have to complete before the live session starts, but you do not have to beat the traffic to be on the IUPUI campus by 8 am or stay at the hotel for multiple nights! Instead you can learn a lot of new material, participate in discussion, and engage in interactive discussion and activities from the comfort of your own chair at home!
The training will take place across two platforms:
- Canvas, our learning management system, where you will access learning materials, videos, simulations, and individual and group activities, submit your quizzes and assignments, and receive individual feedback as planned, and
- Zoom, online conferencing platform, that we will use throughout the week to hold small group activities and large group discussions, provide modeling of techniques, and foster participation in other group assignments.
Participation across both platforms is required!
What will I learn?
Our intensive training is based on the comprehensive HANDS in Autism® Model composed of evidence-based behavioral and educational strategies rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), current literature and practice. The Model provides the framework, curriculum and process for training participants in the flexibility to effectively set up the physical environment, understand the reasons behind student behaviors, and develop teaching and support strategies that will help students reach their potential in the educational setting and beyond. For more information, see the HANDS in Autism® HOUSE Model description on our Training & Service page.
What are the expectations of me?
- Participate! (in learning, assessment, including pre, post, and follow-up)
- Collaborate! (with your peers and HANDS trainers)
- Engage! (in small and large group discussion, submit your work, and enjoy the activities)
How can I participate?
You can access the training from any device: phone, tablet, or laptop. However, we would recommend using a larger device (e.g., laptop) to make your interaction with HANDS trainers, other learners, and materials easier.
What if I have technical problem in accessing Canvas or Zoom?
To fully participate in the course, we strongly recommend checking out the system beforehand. We will open the course a few days before the start of the training so you can explore Canvas, introduce yourself in the discussion, as well check out introductory activities. If you have any technical problems not related to the course materials, please contact the UITS Support Center at https://kb.iu.edu/d/abxl (use IUPUI campus) to ask for the IT support via chat, phone, or email. We will also have multiple HANDS staff present during the event to support individuals needing assistance with specifics of the training
$200.00 for VR professionals. $450 for non-VR professionals*. Payment may be made with credit card at time of registration or via invoice with 60 days to pay following event.
- Active learning with our experienced trainers (should we link to our bios?)
- Access to learning materials during the training course
- Downloadable resources to use and share within the natural setting after the training
- Unique virtual networking and training experience
- 31 contact hours towards your professional development
- Ongoing boosters after training to support the generalization in your setting
- Connection with HANDS trainers and fellow participants for networking, collaboration and general support ongoing
*Looking for ways to pay for training opportunities? Consider APPLYING for one of the grants and scholarships.
Learning is important to effectively support individuals with ASD. To make learning accessible for families and professionals, we have created a resource list featuring grants for individuals and also have partial scholarships available with approved applications.