Service Learning (myLIFE)

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy integrating meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.

The myLIFe program is the perfect place for service learning students interested in diving in and learning how to work alongside a person who exhibits characteristics of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  

Specific activities designed to provide opportunities for adults with ASD to learn, build and practice skills across a variety of domains sets the stage where service learning students can build upon their own academic pursuits with concrete, practical and hands-on experiential learning.

Students work closely with our clinical team and weekly debriefing sessions enable students to share/reflect on the activities with the myLIFE group members.  

Calendar

Getting Started

Steps for new students:

  • Check out the calendar to view times when each of our groups meet to ensure your open times will work with our schedule.
  • Complete the interest/availability form so we can learn who you are and the type of interest you have as it pertains to learning more about how to successfully interact, support and become better at understanding a person on the autism spectrum. 
  • Click on info and forms to access application materials.  Please complete and forward to us via email.

Documentation

Each quarter we report information related to the number of volunteers involved in the adult program (including the number of hours volunteered, school attendance and programs of study or the various careers of those who volunteer) to the State of Georgia.

Please document your time and make note of any/all comments, questions and concerns.

Interest & Availability

Information & Forms

Getting involved with the Emory Autism Center's myLIFE program is easy. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Complete and return all forms (see below)
  2. Schedule a meeting with Ms. Thomas to review your educational needs.

Once complete, either drop off when you meet with Ms. Thomas or send to her via email tthoma2@emory.edu

Forms:

Please do the following:

  • fill in all other information on the page
  • make a copy of your driver's license (the picture MUST BE recognizable - you may have to make your copy lighter)
  • staple the copy of your driver's license and the completed Background Check form together

FAQs

How do I begin?

Please contact Toni Thomas to discuss your interests in working with us and to plan out a course of action which will ensure your own goals will be met during your time with us.

When do I start?

During your meeting with Ms. Thomas, a schedule will be planned and we will work hard to ensure you begin no later than the second week into our session.  

Who do I contact?

General questions/issues related to your service learning experience should be directed to Toni Thomas, Program Manager, at tthoma2@emory.edu or 404-727-8350.

Who do I report to each week?

Each day there is an Educational Coordinator in charge of planning and ensuring volunteers, service learning students and fieldwork students are aware of what to do during that time period. You will be provided with the contact info for the Educational Coordinator in charge of the group. 

What if I am late?

If you are going to be late, please contact the appropriate educational coordinator as soon as possible.

What if I cannot make it that week?

Should you need to cancel, please provide notice as soon as you know you will not be able to attend (we prefer at least a week's notice so we may plan for your absence and make any/all necessary adjustments to our schedule).

We understand people get sick, and insist you remain at home to care for your personal needs. Please contact us via email if it is more than 24 hours before your activity, or via text if it is less than 24 hours as we may already be involved with the group and not have access to email.

Outside of illnesses we hope you will make every effort to be in attendance on your scheduled day of service.