Currently Accepting Applications for the 2022-2023 Training Year

August - April

Application Deadline: March 28, 2022

NOTE: As a trainee, you will need to show proof that you have received specific immunizations, vaccinations, background check, and a drug screen. These requirements are mandatory (no exceptions) in order to comply with confidentiality, privacy, and health considerations.

Accepted trainees are given more information in their Agreement Letter where these can be reviewed with a faculty member prior to signing on. Time is given to complete these early in the program.

Long-Term Trainees

Long-Term Trainees complete 300 hours and most trainees receive stipends (participant support cost). We have three types of Long-Term Trainees:

Professional Trainees represent various healthcare disciplines and are graduate students or working professionals.

Community Trainees are working within community settings that have a focus on youth with disabilities either professional or informally.

Self-Advocates and Family Members provide invaluable insights into the lived experiences. Many self-advocates or family members want to learn how to speak out about rights and responsibilities for themselves or for others with disabilities.

Autism-Enhanced (AE) Trainees

Trainees who have completed the URLEND Long-Term Training can apply for the second-year Autism Enhanced (AE) Program. This program is designed to meet individualized goals to build autism expertise and features in-depth exploration of research and issues with AE faculty and guest speakers. Trainees work on an autism-focused leadership project and attend a week of training at Utah State University's research-based instructional ASSERT program.

Things to Know

  • Time Commitment: 150 hours over two semesters.

  • Stipend: A stipend is available on a limited basis; not all trainees qualify for a stipend.

  • Acceptance: Competitive; a limited number are accepted in the AE program.

Medium-Term Trainees

Individuals who wish to complete 40-299 hours of the Core Program may be considered for Medium-Term acceptance. Many come from professional disciplines. Stipends are not available for Medium-Term trainees.

You may be asked to provide:

  1. Current CV / Resume.

  2. One letter of support from a supervisor or colleague.

  3. College transcript - official or unofficial copy.

  4. Letter of Interest (1-page, double spaced) which addresses your interest in the program, availability to attend seminars, and anticipated number of hours you would like to complete.