Of course! Each volunteer takes an online orientation course that teaches you the basics of autism, working with the special needs community, and how our A4A charity works.
When it comes to interacting with a person with autism for the first time, it’s okay to be nervous and unsure of what to expect. Our orientation will help ease those first time jitters, but what might be most helpful is remembering that kids with autism are KIDS. They love to run, jump, play, be silly, laugh, and often, they are the best example of just enjoying what you individually love without caring what others think!
There is so much to learn and love from our autism buddies, and their autism parents and guardians are rockstars at helping facilitate introductions. They’ll be happy to share the inside scoop on their child’s favorite — and not-so-favorite — activities and ways to learn.
If at any point you feel like you need more guidance, we have an awesome staff of Student Leaders to guide you on-site, and a growing online blog that expands upon common questions. We’ll email you those resource guides once you’re enrolled as a volunteer, and you’ll have direct contact information for your leaders so you can reach them anytime!