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Serving across a diverse spectrum

Students leveraged technology in an APPLES service-learning course called “Autism in Our Communities: An Interdisciplinary Perspective” to complete service projects.

A students using a science kit to do a hands-on experiment over Zoom with their partner.
A student uses a science kit to do a hands-on experiment over Zoom with their partner. (Image courtesy of the Carolina Center for Public Service)

Even when public service focuses on one cause or community, there can be myriad ways to conduct service work. Individuals can serve by cleaning up a littered beach, picking up a phone to advocate for their cause or putting on a mask to keep their community safe.

As a group of Carolina students discovered in fall 2020, service stemming from just one service-learning course can form a wide range of meaningful experiences.

This was the case for the students who leveraged technology to serve others as part of an APPLES service-learning course called “Autism in Our Communities: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.” Students in this course studied topics related to autism spectrum disorder and completed service projects in partnership with individuals and communities affected by ASD.

Read more about the service-learning course on autism.