Networks' Online University

Anytime can be TIME TO LEARN!

Networks’ Online University is a virtual learning portal where individuals can access a variety of resources. These materials highlight each of our services areas. There are resources that are available solely online, while others provide expanded information about topics discussed in our face-to-face learning opportunities. Some of what you can find is:

  • Archived webcasts of past events
  • Podcasts
  • Live webinars
  • Online discussions
  • Recommendations of favorite articles / websites / etc.

Please note: We strive to ensure that our online materials and resources are created in a way that make them accessible to everyone. While the items listed below are all things we have found to be useful in terms of their content, several of them were created by others and may not be accessible for all people. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Employment Support

This section contains presentations, books & articles, forms, videos, and websites related to Employment Support.

Pardon the lack of resources as we update our Online University links and resource documents.

Symposium Presentations:

Books & Articles:


Griffin Hammis

Disability Visibility by Alice Wong

The Accessible Stall by Kyle Kachadurian and Emily Ladau


Networks' Videos

Bottom Dollars

Intelligent Lives

Suffer the Little Children

I go home


Teaching & Support

Audio Recordings:

Accommodations on the Job:  How Technology Can Affect Independence and Productivity

Online Resources:

Cornell University employment data site


The Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston



Phila on the Job


Rooted in Rights

Parallels in Time



Indiana Institute on Disability



Networks Success Story Link

Disability rights PA

Office of Developmental Programs

Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance

US Dept of Labor - Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

US Dept of Labor - Disability Employment Policy Resources by Topic

US Dept of Labor - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

PA Code - Subchapter L. Family-Driven Family Support Services

Lead Center

APSE: Advancing Employment. Connecting People.

Social Security Administration - Work Incentives Programs

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Mark Gold and Associates

Griffin Hammis and Associates

Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR)

Bulletins/Policy Docs:

Bulletin – ACRE Training Availability

Employment 1st Policy Becomes Law in Pennsylvania

Consolidated Waiver Requirements

Person-Family Directed Waiver Requirements

ODP/OVR Joint Bulletin, February 2019

Community & Organizational Development

This section contains websites, suggested readings, and podcasts related to Community & Organizational Development.


Art of Hosting

The World Cafe

Storytelling for Change

The Grove

The Leadership Challenge

Story the Future

Association for Talent Development



National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities

The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices

David Pitonyak - Imagine

Think College! College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Community Works


Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project

Chronology of the Disability Rights Movement

Resource directory for people with disabilities, family, and professionals in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care

Not Dead Yet

Axis Disability Rights

The Behavioral Health Training and Education Network

Inclusion Press

Capacity Works


Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)

Speaking for Ourselves (SFO)


Inclusion Press

Susannah Joyce / Realizations Training & Resources


Suggested Readings:

Good to Great (Collins)

Lean In (Sandberg)

EntreLeadership (Ramsey)

Active Training: A Handbook of Techniques, Designs, Case Examples, and Tips) 4th Ed. (Silberstein)

The Compound Effect (Hardy)

Managing the Mobile Workforce: Leading, Building, and Sustaining Virtual Teams (Clemons)

The Collected Papers of Burton Blatt (Taylor & Blatt, eds.)

Mad in America (Whitaker)

Mental Retardation in America:  A Historical Reader (Noll & Trent)

Great and Desperate Cures (Valenstein)

The Lobotomist (El-Hai)

The Snake Pit (Ward)

The Faber Book of Madness (Porter)

The State Boys Rebellion (D’Antonio)

The Bell Jar (Plath)

Madness: A Brief History (Porter)

Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States (Trent)

IQ:  A Smart History of a Failed Idea (Murdoch)

Asylums (Goffman)

Gracefully Insane:  The Rise and Fall of America’s Premier Mental Hospital (Beam)

Christmas in Purgatory:  A Photographic Essay of Mental Retardation (Blatt & Kaplan)

The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic (Penney) 

Pennhurst State School and Hospital (Pirmann, et al.)

Success Is a Choice: Ten Steps to Overachieving in Business and Life (Pitino)

Fish: A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results (Lundin, Paul & Christensen)

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time (Tracy)

Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life (Johnson)

The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea (Burg & Mann)

The ALL OUR OWN PROJECT: A Fieldbook for Developing Microboards


Norman Kunc & Emma Van der Klift: A Creedo for Support

Person-Centered vs. System-Centered with Beth Mount

TEDx Talk - Beth Mount: Beautiful Justice

Jim Conroy: Person Centered Planning and Control Over Resources

TEDx Talk - Heather Simmons: A World that Works for Everyone

Herb Lovett: Interview


The Leadership Challenge

Team Never Quit

Success Talks

Personal Empowerment & Leadership Podcast

Wholistic Practices

This section contains articles, presentations, videos, audio recordings, and websites related to Wholistic Practices.


A View From the Table

Infant Massage for Children with Disabilities/Special Needs (Anita Epple)

A Touch of Compassion: Massage Therapy and Alzheimer's Disease (Michelle Vallet)

Adapting Sessions for Clients with Physical Disabilities (Anne Williams)

Alternative Pain Management for Disabilities

Aromatherapy and Massage for people with a learning disability

Autism - Observations, Experiences and Concepts (John E. Upledger, DO, OMM)

Autism and Massage - Abstracts from Research Studies

Autism and Treatment With Therapeutic Massage

Early Intervention for Autism With a Parent-Delivered Qigong Massage Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial (Louisa M. T. Silva, Mark Schalock, Kristen Gabrielsen)


Sensory Integration

Bodywork, Movement, and Mental Health

Breathe (Margaret Townsend)

The Breathing Cure (Jennifer Matlack)

Building an Evidence Base in Complementary and Integrative Healthcare for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Emmeline Edwards, PhD, David Mischoulon, MD, PhD, Mark Rapaport, MD, Barbara Stussman, BA, Wendy Weber, ND, PhD, MPH)

Child Autism and CranioSacral Therapy (Norma Hayhurst, RN, CHT, CST)

Children and Massage (Shirley Vanderbilt)

Classroom Yoga Helps Improve Behavior Of Kids With Autism (Eliza Barclay)

Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for ADHD and Autism (Wendy Weber, ND, MPH, Sanford Newmark, MD)

Craniosacral Therapy for Kids with Special Needs (Nancy Schatz Alton)

Effects of Thai traditional massage on autistic children's behavior

Geriatric Massage Benefits Alzheimer’s Patients

Healing Presence, Healing Practice (Elizabeth Monson, CRNP)

Take a Listen: How Mindfulness Could Benefit Your Teaching Practice (Katarina Schwartz)

How Qi Gong Massage Helped My Daughter

Brief report: improvements in the behavior of children with autism following massage therapy

Infant massage for children with disabilities and special needs

An intervention for Sensory Difficulties in Children with Autism: A Randomized Trial (Roseann C. Schaaf)

Less Talk, More Therapy (Jessica Wolf)

Finding the Right Combination

Massage as therapy for persons with intellectual disabilities: a review of the literature (Jenny Sau-Lai Chan and Sonny Hing-Min Tse)

Massage for Infants and Children on the Autism Spectrum

Massage for Infants with Physical Disabilities

Research Roundup: Massage for Mental Health & Wellness

Massage May Soothe Alzheimer's Patients

Massage Therapy - Medical and Disability

Massage Therapy for Autistic Children

Massage Therapy for Those With Disabilities

Massage therapy research review (Tiffany Field)

Massage Tips for Working with Paralysis, other Physical Disabilities (Laurance Johnston and Lynn St. Denis)

Touch and Movement for Children with Visual Impairments

Neurotypical Psychotherapists and Neurodivergent Clients (Nick Walker)

New Research Supports Mental Health Benefits of Massage

The Next Frontiers (Anthony Porcino, PhD, HSI)

Nurturing Touch - American Massage Therapy Association

Parent-delivered Massage for Children With Autism

Pediatric Massage Therapy for Autism

Pediatric Massage: A Nurturing Intervention for Autism (Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT)

PELINKS4U - Promoting Active & Healthy Lifestyles

Positive Touch (Lesley A Cullen, Julie H Barlow, Delia Cushway)

Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities - Nursing Complex Needs

Qigong & Autism (Louisa M.T. Silva, Anita Cignolini, Roxanne Warren, Sarojini Budden, and Annette Skowron-Gooch)

Massage: A Feel-Good Treat That Works Wonders

The Search for Well-Being (David Freudberg)

Stabilizing Touch

Taking on Autism with Craniosacral Therapy

The Benefits of Relaxation and Massage for Autistic Children

The Role of Massage in Treating Mental Health Conditions

The therapeutic effects of hand massage

TOUCH (David Whyte)

Touch Research Institute

Touch Therapy Training Programme For Children with Disabilities

Training and Support Program for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Women with Disabilities Find Relief with Acupuncture

Zen Shiatsu (Angela Burke, MAEd, LMT)


A View From the Table: Finding Another Way through Alternative Practices

Using Massage, Bodywork, & Energywork to Assist People with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Finding Your Energy (& Learning To Use It!)

Healing the Hurt...Using trauma, grief, & pain to fuel a life of service

Finding Your Way of Meditating

Pain Oy Vey…Pain Away

The Habits of Happiness

One Thing I Do


Gladys Wilson and Naomi Feil

Validation, communication through empathy

Audio Recordings:

Healing Circle Calls


Memory Bridge

Classic Touch Massage Services

Real Life Alternatives

Qigong Sensory Training Institute - Autism Treatment for Children with QST Massage

The League for People with Disabilities, Inc. - Therapeutic Massage

NCHPAD: Building Healthy Inclusive Communities - Total Body Wellness

Inclusive Educational & Transition Supports

This section contains a video and websites related to Inclusive Educational & Transition Supports.

When I Grow Up Video:

It's important that all children grow up with aspirations and dreams. Asking your kids what they want to be when they grow up is a good way to get them thinking about their futures. Start the conversation early and expand on what they think is possible. ALL kids!

If you are unable to view YouTube videos, this link will provide the video in another format. (Be advised that you may experience a longer wait time while the video loads.)


IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Center for Parent Information and Resources

Event Planning & Coordination

This section contains online chats and discussion boards related to Event Planning & Coordination.

Online Chats:

Universal Design: Breaking Down Barriers Online Chat

Discussion Boards:

Networks' Online Learning Discussion Board