Our Partners

Sharing innovative ideas and practices

Hands in Autism® provides a comprehensive foundation for learning from and working with people with autism and a range of other developmental and behavioral challenges through shadowing, observation, practice, and feedback.

We also continually gain new knowledge and ideas from our connections with local, state, national, and international partners. By embracing collaboration, we create greater awareness and understanding. These collaborations also inform and drive new offerings, resources, and innovation across family, educational, medical, and community systems to continuously improve outcomes for the many we serve.

Discover more about our dynamic partnerships—from our deep impact in Indiana to our learning collaborations around the world.

Partnership highlights

Eskenazi Health

  • Demonstration medical site (38th Street Clinic)
  • Consultation sites (Health Center Pecar)
  • Annual autism trainings for medical, safety and first response teams
  • Consultation on space and structure within settings

Indiana University School of Dentistry

  • Case and setting-based consultation
  • Consultation in Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs) specific to autism and disabilities
  • State and national collaboration in presentations
  • Annual presentation and consultation with pediatric dentistry residents

IU Health

  • HANDSmade™ Program partnership includes 20+ site collaborators who have tasks for our interns, send materials for our completion, and serve as a training site
  • Regional collaboration sites and trained teams (Deaconess Riley Children’s Services)
  • Presentations and advisory input from Patient and Family Advisory Committee
  • Case-based consultation, training and presentations with their integrated care, leadership, behavioral health and APT (Aggression Prevention Team), as well as specific unit tools (radiology)
  • Autism safety toolkit and wandering toolkit with The Safety Store

Indiana Department of Education

  • Indiana Resource Network (IRN) technical assistance and provider partner
  • Work group and subcommittee partner (Results-Driven Accountability, Indicator 4, Behavioral Planning)
  • External evaluator for State Professional Development Grant
  • Consultation and presentations to Office of Transportation, Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy and Indiana School Resource Officers Association, as well as regional transition cadres

Indiana Repertory Theatre

Consultation and materials/resource support for sensory-friendly performances (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

  • Consultation and materials/resource support for sensory-friendly events, special days and university supports
  • Consultation on space and structure within settings