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Online University

Anytime can be TIME TO LEARN!

Networks’ Online University is a virtual learning portal where individuals can access a variety of resources. These materials highlight each of our services areas. There are resources that are available solely online, while others provide expanded information about topics discussed in our face-to-face learning opportunities. Some of what you can find is:

  • Archived webcasts of past events
  • Podcasts
  • Live webinars
  • Online discussions
  • Recommendations of favorite articles / websites / etc.

Please note: We strive to ensure that our online materials and resources are created in a way that make them accessible to everyone. While the items listed below are all things we have found to be useful in terms of their content, several of them were created by others and may not be accessible for all people. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Employment Support

This section contains presentations, books & articles, forms, videos, and websites related to Employment Support.


Presentations and materials from The 16th Employment Supports Symposium - "Employment 1st, Employment NOW"


Books & Articles:

Marc Gold & Associates - Articles and White Papers

Dale DiLeo - Publications




Community Assessment-Exploration Form

Detailed Community Exploration Form

Neighborhood Inventory Form

Vocational Profile

Fading & Follow Along

Employer Meeting Summary Form

Fading Plan

Task Analysis & Systematic Instruction

Job Duties Baseline Form

Task Analysis

Teaching & Support

Support Plan


For Employers - Ten Employment Myths

Networks' Videos

When I Grow Up

One City One Vision



PA Dept of Human Services - Office of Developmental Programs Related Links

US Dept of Labor - Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

US Dept of Labor - Disability Employment Policy Resources by Topic

US Dept of Labor - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

US Dept of Labor - Information & Services for People with Disabilities

PA Code - Subchapter L. Family-Driven Family Support Services

Lead Center

I Want To Work

I'm In To Hire

APSE: Advancing Employment. Connecting People.

Pennsylvania CareerLink

Social Security Administration - Work Incentives Programs

Social Security Administration - Office of Employment Support Programs

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Mark Gold and Associates

Griffin Hammis and Associates

Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR)

The Social Security Disability Resource Center

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare


Technologies for
Independence & Control

Technologies for Independence & Control

This section contains articles, websites, webinars/webcasts, and discussion boards related to Technologies for Independence & Control.


All Behavior is Meaning-full (David Pitonyak, PhD)

Beyond a Culture of Silence (Suanne Gibson)

Breaking Out of the Silent Abyss (Chandima Rajapatirana)

Casting Call for a Supporting Role (David A. Hill and Martha R. Leary)

Communication Bill of Rights (Compic and Scope)

Communication Mentors:  An Evaluation of a Non-Traditional Training Approach to Address Communication Needs (James W. Conroy and Cory Czuczman)

Forget Pity or Charity (Rachel Hurst)

Historical Perspective

How to be a Good Listener (Communication Matters)

It's About Relationships (Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.)

Language is More Than Speech (Morgan Ann Gernsbacher)

Learning from Maria (Kathy Lee)

Let Your Hands do the Talking (Communication Matters)

Nothing Never Happens

On Being a Communication Ally (Mayer Shevin, PhD)

PA Difficult Behavior (Herb Lovett)

Patti's Page (Patti Gross and Jennifer Williams)

Presuming Intellect (William Stillman)

Rethinking Autism (Anne M. Donnellan, David A. Hill, and Martha R. Leary)

Rhythm and Timing (Pat Amos)

Rhythm as a Coordinating Device: Entrainment With Disordered Speech (Stephanie A. Borrie and Julie M. Liss)

What is AAC? (Communication Matters)

Words of AAC Users (Sharing Our Wisdom)



The ADA Information Center for the Mid-Atlantic Region


Webinars & Webcasts:

Positioning, Seating, & Mobility Options

Who We Are, How We Perform, and How Others Perceive Us: The Impact of Perceptual, Cognitive, Psychosocial, and Motor Differences

Computers, Universal Design, & Web Accessibility - Available soon!


Discussion Boards:

Communication Mentors' Network Discussion Board


Community &
Organizational Development

Community & Organizational Development

This section contains podcasts, websites, and suggested readings related to Organizational & Community Development.


The Leadership Challenge



Art of Hosting

The World Cafe


Suggested Readings:

Suggested Reading List



Wholistic Practices

This section contains articles, presentations, videos, audio recordings, and websites related to Wholistic Practices.


A View From the Table

Infant Massage for Children with Disabilities/Special Needs (Anita Epple)

A Touch of Compassion: Massage Therapy and Alzheimer's Disease (Michelle Vallet)

Adapting Sessions for Clients with Physical Disabilities (Anne Williams)

Alternative Pain Management for Disabilities

Aromatherapy and Massage for people with a learning disability

Autism - Observations, Experiences and Concepts (John E. Upledger, DO, OMM)

Autism and Massage - Abstracts from Research Studies

Autism and Treatment With Therapeutic Massage

Early Intervention for Autism With a Parent-Delivered Qigong Massage Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial (Louisa M. T. Silva, Mark Schalock, Kristen Gabrielsen)


Sensory Integration

Bodywork, Movement, and Mental Health

Breathe (Margaret Townsend)

The Breathing Cure (Jennifer Matlack)

Building an Evidence Base in Complementary and Integrative Healthcare for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Emmeline Edwards, PhD, David Mischoulon, MD, PhD, Mark Rapaport, MD, Barbara Stussman, BA, Wendy Weber, ND, PhD, MPH)

Child Autism and CranioSacral Therapy (Norma Hayhurst, RN, CHT, CST)

Children and Massage (Shirley Vanderbilt)

Classroom Yoga Helps Improve Behavior Of Kids With Autism (Eliza Barclay)

Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for ADHD and Autism (Wendy Weber, ND, MPH, Sanford Newmark, MD)

Craniosacral Therapy for Kids with Special Needs (Nancy Schatz Alton)

Effects of Thai traditional massage on autistic children's behavior

Geriatric Massage Benefits Alzheimer’s Patients

Healing Presence, Healing Practice (Elizabeth Monson, CRNP)

Take a Listen: How Mindfulness Could Benefit Your Teaching Practice (Katarina Schwartz)

How Qi Gong Massage Helped My Daughter

Brief report: improvements in the behavior of children with autism following massage therapy

Infant massage for children with disabilities and special needs

An intervention for Sensory Difficulties in Children with Autism: A Randomized Trial (Roseann C. Schaaf)

Less Talk, More Therapy (Jessica Wolf)

Finding the Right Combination

Massage as therapy for persons with intellectual disabilities: a review of the literature (Jenny Sau-Lai Chan and Sonny Hing-Min Tse)

Massage for Infants and Children on the Autism Spectrum

Massage for Infants with Physical Disabilities

Research Roundup: Massage for Mental Health & Wellness

Massage May Soothe Alzheimer's Patients

Massage Therapy - Medical and Disability

Massage Therapy for Autistic Children

Massage Therapy for Those With Disabilities

Massage therapy research review (Tiffany Field)

Massage Tips for Working with Paralysis, other Physical Disabilities (Laurance Johnston and Lynn St. Denis)

Touch and Movement for Children with Visual Impairments

Neurotypical Psychotherapists and Neurodivergent Clients (Nick Walker)

New Research Supports Mental Health Benefits of Massage

The Next Frontiers (Anthony Porcino, PhD, HSI)

Nurturing Touch - American Massage Therapy Association

Parent-delivered Massage for Children With Autism

Pediatric Massage Therapy for Autism

Pediatric Massage: A Nurturing Intervention for Autism (Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT)

PELINKS4U - Promoting Active & Healthy Lifestyles

Positive Touch (Lesley A Cullen, Julie H Barlow, Delia Cushway)

Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities - Nursing Complex Needs

Qigong & Autism (Louisa M.T. Silva, Anita Cignolini, Roxanne Warren, Sarojini Budden, and Annette Skowron-Gooch)

Massage: A Feel-Good Treat That Works Wonders

The Search for Well-Being (David Freudberg)

Stabilizing Touch

Taking on Autism with Craniosacral Therapy

The Benefits of Relaxation and Massage for Autistic Children

The Role of Massage in Treating Mental Health Conditions

The therapeutic effects of hand massage

TOUCH (David Whyte)

Touch Research Institute

Touch Therapy Training Programme For Children with Disabilities

Training and Support Program for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Women with Disabilities Find Relief with Acupuncture

Zen Shiatsu (Angela Burke, MAEd, LMT)



A View From the Table: Finding Another Way through Alternative Practices

Using Massage, Bodywork, & Energywork to Assist People with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Finding Your Energy (& Learning To Use It!)

Healing the Hurt...Using trauma, grief, & pain to fuel a life of service

Finding Your Way of Meditating

Pain Oy Vey…Pain Away

The Habits of Happiness

One Thing I Do



Gladys Wilson and Naomi Feil

Validation, communication through empathy


Audio Recordings:

Healing Circle 1/7/19

Healing Circle 12/3/18

Healing Circle 11/15/18

Healing Circle 10/1/18

Healing Circle 8/6/18

Healing Circle 7/2/18

Healing Circle 6/4/18

Healing Circle 5/7/18

Healing Circle 3/5/18

Healing Circle 2/5/18

Healing Circle 12/4/17


Memory Bridge

Classic Touch Massage Services

Real Life Alternatives

Qigong Sensory Training Institute - Autism Treatment for Children with QST Massage

The League for People with Disabilities, Inc. - Therapeutic Massage

NCHPAD: Building Healthy Inclusive Communities - Total Body Wellness


Inclusive Educational &
Transition Supports

Inclusive Educational & Transition Supports

This section contains a video and websites related to Inclusive Educational & Transition Supports.

When I Grow Up Video:

It's important that all children grow up with aspirations and dreams. Asking your kids what they want to be when they grow up is a good way to get them thinking about their futures. Start the conversation early and expand on what they think is possible. ALL kids!

If you are unable to view YouTube videos, this link will provide the video in another format. (Be advised that you may experience a longer wait time while the video loads.)



IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Center for Parent Information and Resources


Event Planning &

Event Planning & Coordination

This section contains online chats and discussion boards related to Event Planning & Coordination.

Online Chats:

Universal Design: Breaking Down Barriers Online Chat


Discussion Boards:

Networks' Online Learning Discussion Board