Admissions


Applications for the 2023-2024 Training Year will open soon

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NOTE: As a trainee, you will need to show proof of specific immunizations and pass a background check and a drug screen. These requirements are mandatory for all admitted trainees (no exceptions) in order to comply with heath and safety regulations of our clinical partners.

Accepted trainees are given more information on these requirements in their Acceptance / Agreement Letter.


Long-Term Trainees

Long-Term Trainees complete 300 hours of URLEND activities between August and April. Most trainees receive stipends of at least $5,000 for their participation in URLEND. 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 are individuals with disabilities / family members of individuals with disabilities. They provide valuable insights into the lived experiences. Many self-advocates and 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 to most AE trainees.

  • 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 URLEND Program may be considered for Medium-Term acceptance. There is not an official application process for Medium-Term trainees. If you are interested in being a Medium-Term trainee please contact the URLEND faculty member most closely affiliated with your discipline.

Stipends are not available for Medium-Term trainees.