HANDS in Autism® is engaging a diverse pool of individuals from the Central Indiana area to take part in the first of several Regional Autism Local Community Cadre (LCC) Summits on July 17, 2019 at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis, IN.
The Regional Autism LCC Summit will provide a forum for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), family members, caregivers, providers, professionals and other community stakeholders across Marion, Hancock, Hamilton, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks and Putnam Counties to provide input regarding the next phase of evolution of the state’s LCCs.
On July 17, the event opens with check‐in at 8:30am, providing participants with a light breakfast and opportunity to network with other community stakeholders. The Summit activities will run from 9:00am – 4:00pm in Fesler Hall, room #315 (1130 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202). Lunch and parking provided.
History of LCCs
Historically, LCCs in collaboration with HANDS in Autism® have identified community‐specific needs, as well as created and implemented targeted solutions adapted to meet local needs. LCC members have also provided community‐specific input to state‐level initiatives, such as the Indiana Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (or IIACC). This State advisory group, also facilitated by HANDS in Autism®, actively addresses Indiana needs and gaps surrounding autism services, as well as the Indiana the associated Comprehensive State Plan for Autism Services.
Since the initial launch of the LCCs in 2010, State and federal gaps, priorities, and initiatives related to ASD service access and delivery have changed. In addition, as the IIACC has expanded in membership and activity, the role that individual members and communities can play within this initiative have also evolved and expanded. While the LCCs have been an essential component of the State’s ASD support framework, it is time to carefully review their role within this current context to ensure they continue to serve to effectively address local needs of local communities, while also providing input regarding state priorities.
The goal of the current LCC Summit is to use data from research, ongoing statewide assessments, and local community input to inform the process such that LCCs help to directly enhance, support and grow local community capacity to address the needs of individuals with ASD and their families, caretakers and providers. Additionally, the group will explore how LCCs can best contribute to the support and advancement of collective statewide initiatives.
HANDS in Autism® invites community stakeholders, who live or work in the Central LCC Region, and are interested in being involved in an expanding network to support the growth of local capacity and join in state‐level initiatives.
The Summit is free, but registration prior to the event is required.