A variety of online courses and tutorials are available to families, support providers, life coaches and professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge or acquire credentials in supporting individuals with ASD and related conditions. Courses range from free introductory programs to professional development workshops to fee-based online courses that can lead to specialized certification. Some of these online providers offer courses specifically for individuals on the autism spectrum.
The Autism Society
The Autism Society offers these free online courses:
This online course will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The course covers the following areas:
• Introduction to the Autism Spectrum
• Overview of Treatment Options
• Treatment Assistance
• Transition to Adulthood
• What We Can Do Every Day
At the end of the course you will be able to download a certificate of completion. The certificate is in PDF format and you will need Adobe Reader to open and/or print it. If you don’t have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, you can download it for free at http://www.adobe.com/.
Autism Internet Modules, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)
The AIM project offers free, discrete informational and training modules on a variety of topics covering assessment and identification, characteristics, evidence-based practices and interventions, transition to adulthood, and employment. Modules are presented at a universal reading level with activities providing support to those with introductory or advanced knowledge on autism spectrum conditions.
AIM also offers excellent downloads including resources, interventions, and other helpful tools for home, classrooms, employment, community and agency settings. http://www.autisminternetmodules.org/user_about.php
NARPAA’s e-Class: Electronic Curriculum for Learning Autism Specific Strategies
e-Class is a course developed by the National Association of Residential Providers for Adults with Autism (NARPAA) and focuses on developing the skills and competencies required to achieve the best outcomes for the person with autism and their support networks. This is a comprehensive opportunity for direct support professionals to enhance their skills and understanding as well as their practice.
Person Centered Planning Education Site, Cornell University, ILR School, Employment and Disability Institute
This free online course introduces users to the basic concepts and implementation of Person-centered planning, which helps us develop tools for enabling individuals with autism and other disabilities to discover their own “pathways to success.” Person-centered planners help individuals with disabilities discover their life goals and how to achieve them. http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi
VCU Rehabilitation and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention (VCU-RRTC)
VCU-RRTC provides a wide range of low-cost online courses geared toward topics in self-employment and micro-enterprise. Courses are designed to educate and train family members, support providers, professionals and individuals with disabilities. http://www.worksupport.com/