Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center
1160 McDermott Drive #214
West Chester, PA 19383
Thanks for your interest in getting involved with SPARC! Take some time to read through our website to learn more about each of the different programs we offer. This will help you decide which aspect of SPARC you would like to get involved in.
Part of our mission at SPARC is to provide quality opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students to work with individuals on the autism spectrum. We offer a variety of services and work with our clients at the clinic, in their homes and schools, and in the community. No matter what your major or future career goal is, we have an opportunity that could be a great fit for you. Working with individuals on the autism spectrum is very rewarding and time spent at SPARC can possibly earn you practicum credits, volunteer credits, and can be very helpful for future schooling and job searches.
We have a number of different types of opportunities available to students. They range from volunteer opportunities to practicum experiences to paid positions. This section highlights several of our programs that involve WCU students.
In general, to spend time with us at SPARC, you do not need to already have experience in working with individuals on the autism spectrum. We will provide all necessary training. However, we ask that before you commit to participating in an opportunity, you make sure you have the time to give the program (each program requires different time commitments). We ask that all students take their roles at SPARC very seriously because we do and our families do! Any student involved with SPARC must apply for and obtain three clearances before starting any program (child abuse check, criminal background check, and FBI background check). These are required by any person in contact with children in the state of PA. SPARC can provide the necessary paperwork and links so that you can complete these checks.