Volunteering

Volunteers

The EEU is an excellent site to volunteer if you are interested in assisting in a classroom that includes children with and without disabilities while working collaboratively with Special Education Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain professional conduct and attire
  • Set up and clean up activities
  • Provide support to children during transitions
  • Monitor and support children during activities and play
  • Encourage child participation and model skills

Expectations:

  • Regular Attendance
  • Accept feedback and willing to learn

UW students, please register for volunteer experiences through the Carlson Center: http://www.washington.edu/carlson/.

Other Interested volunteers, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form

Internship and Practicum

The EEU offers a wide variety of opportunities for students and professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of students with disabilities and significant needs, and their families. Interns at the EEU have the opportunity to be mentored, trained, and supervised by some of the best educators and therapists in the field. Our goal is to ensure that all students have an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in EEU classrooms.

If you have interest in completing an internship at the EEU please complete the Internship Request Form

Classroom Observations

Each EEU classroom has an observation booth with one-way glass, where parents, students and professionals are welcome to quietly watch each of our programs in action. Those choosing this type of observation will not have any expectation of interaction with students or staff, including asking questions before or after your appointment. Please remember that parents of children can be present at any time of your observation. While discussing with or about children, please treat all children with the same respect that you would one of your own family members

To schedule an observation, email eeu-office@uw.edu or call the front desk (206) 543-4011.

Short Term Projects and Assignments

While this combination of research, training and service is the most effective method to promote inclusion and create change in the community, it requires several activities both in and out of the EEU classrooms. With so many different requests, we need to have priorities and procedures in order to effectively manage the activities and ensure that children are safe and learning.

Priorities for activities in the classroom and with children are as follows:

  1. Program assessment and evaluations (required by local agencies contracting with the EEU)
  2. Faculty & grant-funded work through the Applied Research Unit (ARU)
  3. Graduate level thesis and dissertation activities that have approval from the ARU
  4. Undergraduate assignments and projects

Policies for completing activities or assignments

  • Every effort must be made to ensure that the work is as least intrusive as possible.
  • Children should not miss their regular program more than once per week for half-day program and twice per week for full day program.
  • Children should miss no more than 30 minutes of their program on any given day.

All individuals scheduled to conduct activities at the EEU must:

  • Submit the EEU Assignment Request Form
  • Email the head teacher in the classroom prior to conducting the activity to confirm the day/time, describe the activity, and ask where in the classroom the teacher would like the activity conducted.
  • Check in at the front desk, wear a visitor badge, and sign out after the completion of the activity.
  • Conduct all activities in the classroom with staff present, unless a background check is on file at the EEU for the individual.
  • Arrive with materials prepped and ready to conduct the activity.
  • Be respectful of the teaching staff and professional at all times.