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Free, Online Professional Learning

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have unique strengths and challenges. Understanding the underlying characteristics of ASD and effective practices that support their needs is essential.

Designed for those who support, instruct, work with, or live with someone with autism, the Autism Internet Modules (AIM) guide users through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, discussion questions, activities, and more.

Newly Launched Module

We are excited to announce that a new module, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Autism, has been launched. This module focuses on selecting and implementing AAC to support autistic learners in their ability to effectively express themselves, develop and maintain relationships with others, and engage in their community.

Recently Updated Modules

Several Autism Internet Modules have been updated:

  • Discrete Trial Training
  • Naturalistic Intervention
  • Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
  • Reinforcement
  • Self-Management
  • Structured Teaching
  • Structured Work Systems and Activity Organization
  • The Incredible 5-Point Scale
  • Time Delay

Earn graduate credit online with no face-to-face meetings!

2023-2024 AIM courses now available:

Fall, Spring, Summer sessions 2023-2024

Earn graduate credit online with no face-to face meetings! Each course consists of a collection of Autism Internet Modules (AIMs) around a common topic. Registrants complete each AIM in the course, including all content, pre/post assessments, and reflection questions. Completion of a course assessment is required.

Graduate credit is available through OCALI’s partnership with Ashland University. Course registration is a two-step process.

  1. Register on AIM
  2. Register and pay on Ashland University's system

Courses become available on AIM at the start of the current semester. Dates and specific registration information are available on the AIM Course webpage.

Learn More!

How to Get Started


Create an Account It’s Free!


Select a Module of Interest


Review All Module Content



Complete Post-Assessment


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Earn Certificate or Grad Credit*

Get Started

*This is optional. These modules are available at no cost; however, fee-based professional development certificates are available. If interested in graduate credit, create an account to view the college/university courses available.

What Will I Learn?

Created by experts and practitioners and grounded in evidence-based strategies, this collection of 50 free, self-paced modules is designed to help users better understand, identify, plan for, collaborate, and support individuals with autism within their school, home, community, or organization.


  • Earn professional development certificates and graduate credit online—no face-to face meetings (minimal costs associated)
  • Ideal for individual or group-based learning
  • Track your learning with pre- and post-assessments
  • Expand your learning with discussion questions, activities, and other support resources


Educators are bombarded with professional development opportunities. Oftentimes, they go and ‘sit and get’ trainings and it doesn’t change practice. The AIM modules are time and cost effective and they have the ability to change practice at the student level. And because they’re online, educators can keep going back to them and watch—you can’t do that with a face-to-face training. If I were back in the principal role, the AIM modules would be my go-to professional development for all teachers. I know the modules were initially designed for low-incidence disabilities, but I have found that they are applicable for all students.

Charles Kemp, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Shawnee State University

The AIM modules are a great resource for building staff capacity. Each child is unique and has different needs. These modules provide step-by-step implementation strategies, as well as an array of ideas and considerations to try new things. The scenarios and supporting resources included in the modules are great supplemental supports.

Natalie Harmeling, Director of Pupil Services, Wilmington City School District

I thoroughly recommend using the AIM modules. These modules are written for parents and professionals who need a foundation for understanding autism and implementing evidence-based interventions. The modules are user-friendly and the content can be easily adapted to meet the needs of any student. I have taken many strategies I have learned through the modules and used them with my students and training with my staff.

Bethany Newsome, Speech-Language Pathologist, Chillicothe City Schools

Looking for More?

Want to expand your learning? Check out these other online resources developed by OCALI.

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