Autism Leadership Academy

The MMI-LEND Autism Leadership Academy (ALA) provides a range of didactic, clinical diagnostic, research, and evidenced-based intervention training opportunities specific to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Related Disabilities.


The ALA curriculum is flexible and can accommodate both students and professionals already practicing in the community who wish to expand their knowledge in the area of ASD and related Disabilities.

ALA training can be integrated into an existing full-time MMI internship, supplement a part-time traineeship, or stand alone as a mini-internship for practicing professionals. The curriculum is designed to address the training requirements of each practitioner’s role on the ASD interdisciplinary team and provides three levels of training with increasing levels of competency, training experiences, and time commitments.

Level 1: ASD Awareness Training is designed to promote an awareness of ASD to increase the number of children and youth who are identified as at-risk for ASD or a related disability at an earlier age and appropriately referred for further diagnostic evaluation and treatment.

Anyone who works with families or children can complete this 6 hour training that includes on-line modules and observations of children at risk for ASD. There is no cost for participation and certificates of completion are available.

Level 2: Fundamental Practitioner Training provides skills and knowledge necessary for the early identification and screening of children at-risk for ASD and related disabilities.

This level of training is designed for students or practicing professionals from a) disciplines that come into contact with children but who are not central to an ASD evaluation or intervention; or b) practitioners who do not plan to specialize in ASD but are interested in developing ASD and other developmental screening skill.

This Fundamental level curriculum includes about 34 hours of didactic, clinical, and community-based experiences – much of which is available in on-line modules.

A small stipend is available for pre-service and practicing professionals not in traineeships at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. A certificate of completion is also available.

Level 3: Advanced Practitioner Trainees gain ASD-specific knowledge and skills to prepare them to participate in ASD-related services in an advanced leadership role.

This level of training is designed for practitioners from disciplines that are vital to ASD diagnosis and intervention services and to advanced research in the field of ASD (i.e. psychology, special education, medicine, nursing, speech-language pathology).

A trainee may participate in any or all of the three tracks of specialty training:

  • Diagnostic Evaluation
  • Evidence-Based Intervention
  • Research & Dissemination

Each track is about 150 hours each and focuses on those ASD-related training and practicum activities appropriate for that specialty. A stipend is available for students and practicing professionals not currently participating in a full-time traineeship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. A certificate of completion is also available.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Disabilities

Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Autism Leadership Academy engage in one year of full-time training in interdisciplinary leadership with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities. About 50% of the post-doctoral trainee’s time is spent providing clinical services in their home discipline and in interdisciplinary clinics. The other 50% of the traineeship is spent in leadership development, research, and other scholarly activities focused on building the capacity of the Autism Leadership Academy (developing curriculum, clinics, community collaborations, etc.)

For more information regarding the MMI-LEND Autism Leadership Academy, contact:
Kellie Ellerbusch
MMI Interdisciplinary Education Training Coordinator
Phone: (402) 559-4892