Interdisciplinary Autism Collaborative Training Program (InterACT)

In keeping with the IHHS vision to create a regional classroom where community members and partners share knowledge and learn along with students and faculty, the IHHS offers and supports interprofessional workshops and training opportunities. Recent IHHS-sponsored workshops include:

- Workshop let by the TEACCH Asheville program providing an overview on assessment and treatment of autism.

- Training workshop on the diagnosis of autism, including ADOS-training.

Attendees at these workshops have included parents of individuals with autism, community partners, and faculty and students from Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nutrition, Psychology, and Social Work and included hands on interactions across people and disciplines.

In addition, the IHHS provides financial support for  other interdisciplinary outreach and training programs led by community partners. Most recently, the IHHS has supported the Care Transitions Summit with the Area Agency on Aging and the State of the Child Conference led by the Watauga Compassionate Community Initiative.

The IHHS creates InterACT opportunities by providing physical space and other resources, as well. Recently, the IHHS has become the home to HANd -- Hub for Autism and Neurodiversity, which was started through the Innovative Approaches program at the Health Department. This group of interdisciplinary community partners meets monthly to consider regional needs for advancing knowledge and services related to autism, support initiatives, and advise the IHHS on enhancing student and community trainings and development of clinical programs. IHHS is currently working with HANd to schedule various workshops, conferences and other training opportunities for the regional community.

We are currently seeking funding to provide additional physical space for family resource development and for bringing in more experts to our learning community from around the world.

Please contact us for more information on programs, funding opportunities, and aspirational long-term plans.

Partnering Organizations and Resources