FAQ about AGI’s Online Course
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What is AGI?

The Autistic Global Initiative (AGI) is a division of the Autism Research Institute staffed by a committee of adults with autism who work in the disability and advocacy fields. AGI’s mission is to foster the development of adults on the autism spectrum along with those who work with and for them.


What is the Houlton Institute?

The Houlton Institute is a leading online education provider that partners with renowned, mission-driven non-profits and research organizations worldwide in order to create high-quality, online courses and programs. Course offerings are completely online, flexible, credible, and convey real skills. All courses are organized to accommodate for busy schedules! Houlton offers around-the-clock in-class support and a 1-800 number for any questions or technical issues.


How does the online course work?

This online course provides an interactive, self-paced training taught by expert professors in the field. You also have a TA and around the clock tech support. The program includes activities, assignments, and discussions with fellow participants in the course. There are no prearranged meeting times, and you can easily access your course when it’s convenient for you. Programs can be completed early mornings, evenings, on the weekends or anytime that works within your busy schedule.


How long is the course?

This course lasts for 12 weeks. Upon submission of assignments and assessments, you’ll receive a certification of completion. CEUs are also available. To register visit: http://houltoninstitute.com/programs/agi-residential-daily-living-support-course/


Are there assignments or exams?

Each weekly module has activities, assignments and assessments related to the focus subject area(s) of the module. On average, you’ll spend 2-3 hours weekly to complete each module.


What is the cost?

The cost to enroll in this 12-week course is $150. To register visit: http://houltoninstitute.com/programs/agi-residential-daily-living-support-course/


Where will my money go, if I enroll in this course?

AGI does not receive payment for the course. It has been priced to make it as affordable as possible for families, agencies and others who wish to achieve the certificate. A portion of the enrollment fee pays your instructor and teaching assistant. It also supports individuals with autism in becoming employed as TAs for the course. Our online education partner, the Houlton Institute, makes income from this project to maintain its sustainability and availability. Also, the Houlton Institute offers scholarships. To learn more, contact Learner Support http://houltoninstitute.com/programs/agi-residential-daily-living-support-course/


Can I receive CEUs for the course?

Yes, you can apply to receive 1.2 continuing education credits (CEUs) for the course. To learn more: http://www.houltoninstitute.com/programs/agi-residential-daily-living-support-course/how-to-get-ceus/


What will it mean to me to have the course certificate?

Achieving the certificate at the end of the course means that you have learned best and evidence-based practices for supporting adults with autism and related disabilities in a residential/daily living setting.

For families who wish to train themselves or their own in-home support staff, this certificate brings you confidence that the support you provide or the staff you hire are trained specific to autism. For agency workers, students in the compassionate care fields (nursing, social work, psychology), or others working in the disability fields, the certificate offers you a resume-building credential that demonstrates your ability to support adults with autism.


Must I have this certificate in order to support adults with autism?

Although it is not required, many agencies, families, and adults with autism increasingly require that a direct support provider have the knowledge and understanding of how to appropriately support a person with autism’s specific daily living needs. Knowing that you are trained in a specialized curriculum that emphasizes best and evidence based practices will make you a strong candidate when seeking employment.


What makes this course different from others that are available online?

This course has been developed by a multi-disciplinary team of 15 curriculum experts across the United States and is taught by a world-renowned faculty. It has been reviewed and vetted by two national committees, one comprised of experts and researchers in autism and adult life, the other consisting of parents, people with autism and professionals working in adult services. There are online courses available, but none are devoted specifically to daily living/residential training in such a comprehensive manner. Often, online courses do not include instructors or group activities and therefore require you to learn on your own, with no feedback and with no community of learning.