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Effective training material includes relevant, robust content. However, to truly make an impact, training must be innovative and easily accessible to those who need it. To meet our stakeholders’ needs, we developed LANTERN (Learning Assistance iNstruction Training Education Resource Network).

Trainings available on LANTERN are collections of short resources designed for the busy lives of self-advocates, support persons, professionals, clinicians and caregivers. We also recognize the need for overall awareness and have developed trainings specifically for community members.

LANTERN tracks user accomplishments, provides proof of completion, allows learners to earn badges and points.

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Featured Courses

Below you will find links to specific courses that we’d like to highlight and feature. These courses will change regularly, sometimes highlighting new content available, or special projects and topics based around specific areas of interest. Check out our current features, or scroll down to access our full catalog of available courses.

Human Trafficking: Direct Support Staff

Hands on a chain link fence. On top is the title of the course, Human Trafficking: Direct Support Staff.This course provides information for Direct Support Staff about human trafficking including what it is, how to recognize signs of human trafficking in individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities, and what to do if you suspect that someone you support is being trafficked or at risk of trafficking.

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All About Gender: Self-Advocates

This course developed by Self-Advocates United as 1 (SAU-1) for ASERT talks about what gender is, and different ways that gender is expressed.

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All About Personal Attraction: Self-Advocates

This course developed by Self-Advocates United as 1 (SAU-1) for ASERT talks about personal attraction including different types of sexuality, examples of people with disabilities who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, and ways to advocate.

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All About Respect Zone: Self-Advocates

This course discusses the importance of and how to be respectful to everyone with a particular focus on individuals that are part of the LGBTQI community.

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ASD and Psychopharmacology

This CE/CME opportunity for clinicians is made up of four 60-minute modules, each with a required post-assessment. The course seeks to increase health care professional knowledge and performance in serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders through education regarding psychopharmacological interventions.

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Autism 101 for Justice Professionals

This course is a recording of training done by Kate Hooven as part of the Crisis Intervention Team training in 2020. The course covers the basics of autism, as well as tips and strategies for police and other justice professionals who may interact with individuals on the spectrum in the course of their work.

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Awareness, Acceptance & Interaction: Autism Acceptance Month 2021

This learning path is a collection of the courses designed to not only bring awareness, but acceptance, of the autism communities across Pennsylvania. These course highlight the unique abilities and opportunities held by the neurodiverse members of our towns, schools, places of employment, teams and more!

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Be Well, Think Well: Overview of Anxiety

This course is part of ASERT’s Be Well, Think Well collection. This course has four videos that explain signs, symptoms and treatments for anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias. This course is designed for self-advocates.

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Be Well, Think Well: Overview of Depression

This course provides information on the signs and symptoms of depression, treatment options, suicidal ideation and behaviors, and crisis management. It should take approximately 30 minutes to complete this course.

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Celebrating Achievement Across the Spectrum

This course is part of our Awareness, Acceptance, & Interaction campaign for Autism Acceptance Month 2021. These modules highlight the many areas of achievement, including education goals, personal stories about success, and getting help through Waivers.

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Coping with Anxiety

This course was designed for self-advocates and provides an overview of what anxiety is and provides tips and suggestions to manage anxiety.

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