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The BILT Course: Building Independent Lives through Training

With grant funding provided by Autism Speaks, ARI's Autistic Global Inititiative partnered with the Houlton Institute to develop the BILT (Building Independent Lives through Training) course, a first-of-its-kind course to provide best and evidence-based practices for those who support the daily-living needs of transition aged students, young adults and adults with autism and related disabilities.

It's online, it’s flexible and can meet your needs!

Completed by a multi-disciplinary team of 15 curriculum experts across the United States, the course is designed to build capacity in residential adult services wherever adults with autism live, including in private homes with their families, group residential settings, assisted living, agricultural, and intentional communities.

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The Bilt course help families as well as Direct Support Providers in private homes and group residential settings and assisted living, agricultural and intentional communities. Course participants learn approaches and methods to support daily living while developing an individualized portfolio of supports and strategies. 

Have questions? Email or call 1-855-HOULTON to learn about enrollment. The cost is $300 or $345 with CEUs and there are a limited number of scholarships available. Scholarship requests can be submitted via email to Also available to school district transition programs and agencies.

The Bilt Course

 Course content includes the following seminar units:

  1. Autism: An Historical Perspective
  2. Person-Centered Approach
  3. Regulation
  4. Communication
  5. Applications
  6. Citizenship and Community Life
  7. Sexuality
  8. Safety
  9. Health and Wellness
  10. Supporting Transportation

The training package is scalable, encompassing up to six full days for the complete course. Recipients of the training receive a training manual that includes all learning activities and homework assignments, PowerPoint® slide decks, activities for building customized daily living portfolios for adults with autism, supplemental resources for every unit of instruction, pre- and post-assessments for training participants, pre- and post-assessments for adults on the spectrum who are supported by the curriculum training. For more information contact AGI at or (619) 356-5838.

About AGI

The Autistic Global Initiative (AGI), a program of the Autism Research Institute, is staffed and self-directed by a national committee of professionals, parents, and advocates, all of whom are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. AGI’s initiatives encompass a broad range of activities devoted to our mission of fostering the development of adults on the autism spectrum and those who work with and for them.