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Student / Volunteer Application

About Us
The HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center was developed in 2004 with foundational support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to extend outreach and training offered from the Indiana University School of Medicine across settings within communities. The HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center is a provider of innovative, research-based, and practical trainings and technical support to school staff, medical and service providers, community organizations, primary caregivers, and individuals on the autism spectrum within Indiana. The HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center has a trained interdisciplinary staff composed of several full-time individuals with extensive background and involvement in the fields of psychology, special education, general education, public health, communications, and instructional design, as well as experience in the training of school personnel, professionals from other related fields (e.g., medical, mental health), families, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities. Also involved are part-time staff and students, residents and volunteers assisting with the productivity and pre-service opportunities available in the field.  Service is provided across medical, educational, and family/community systems through a number of means ranging from social media to interactive online formats to onsite trainings.

The HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center has enjoyed a strong reputation for providing practical information and resources derived from evidence-based strategies. The overall mission of the HANDS in Autism® Center and programs offered through the Center have been focused on the provision of unique and customized learning and service opportunities ranging from live, real-time to online, asynchronous formats all designed to improve capacity for understanding both the process and application of evidence-based practices (EBPs) to individuals across a range of ages, intellectual and functional abilities and neurodevelopmental, behavioral and other challenges. Hands-on training, ongoing coaching and diverse consultative experiences are offered to foster the building of bridges of information, resources and collaboration across family, educational, medical and community systems. 

The unique service, training, and research environment within the HANDS in Autism® Center is supported by a tiered combination of faculty, trainers, support staff, students, and community volunteers and gives rise to a number of unique and customizable opportunities for students and volunteers. Positions range in their roles, expectations, and levels of learning across program assistant(s), research assistants, and direct support role(s) that meet requirements for practicum, internship and fieldwork placements. Student positions specific to the type provide opportunities for service outreach and research activities. A limited number of student positions are designated per year dependent on HANDS needs and to allow for enhanced didactic experiences and project team collaboration.

HANDS staff are involved in a number of programs and opportunities ranging from school and community-based services and consultation to vocational and post-secondary evaluation and training, center-based programming, as well as public health and policy activities. Student positions, specific to the role, have opportunity to be a part of a breadth of services across disabilities, lifespan and natural environments (home, school, work, community). Research activities and positions focus on translational dissemination and implementation science, which serve as the foundation and also complement the service activities, evaluation of public policies, and other statewide efforts.

Application Process

Completion of this application is the first step in the process to assess a student or volunteer's interests, experiences, and availability for the applicable position type or duration. If accepted as a student, assistant, intern,  or volunteer, there are a number of projects that will be reviewed in light of the aforementioned experiences, interests, availability, and position type. Projects range across clinical, research, program support, community outreach, public policy, and other collaborative efforts. Students and volunteers have the ability to interact among a multidisciplinary team with the exact role on the team being determined by the fit of the student/volunteer and the needs of the Center at the time of the opportunity. The goals and interests of individual students and volunteers will be considered as much as possible.

Opportunities exist for various durations depending on the level of interest and experiences being sought by the student and/or volunteer. Individuals who are able to commit to student experiences across at least 9 months will be given preference; however, opportunities to volunteer for single events or efforts are also available and will be discussed in further detail upon receipt of the application. Across opportunities, positions are volunteer in nature and there will not be any pay associated with the experiences unless otherwise specified.

To learn more about available student or volunteer positions, please visit www.handsinautism.iupui.edu/studentResearch.html#.W7PJWHtKhhE. 
To learn more about our program, please visit the HANDS in Autism website at www.HANDSinAutism.iupui.edu.

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