June 2022 Meeting Summary

On June 2022, we welcomed long-term and new IIACC members at the IIACC Quarterly Meeting!

We had a lot of discussions, great insights, and challenging questions based on the agenda:

  • Review and updates of new materials and additions based on the feedback we received during the March 2022 meeting
  • Adaptation of the language of the Comprehensive Plan to make it widely accessible
  • Updates based on the Comprehensive Plan trajectories identified in March
  • Great discussions on the new trajectories for Comprehensive Plan goals and action items

Here are some meeting highlights:

To review the meeting materials and add your notes to the work documents, please review the materials below. We will incorporate your additions into the upcoming meeting materials.

IIACC Meeting Summary (March 10, 2022)

On March 10, 2022, members of the Indiana Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (IIACC) met virtually to discuss the agenda topics.

Attendance at the meeting by group, March 10, 2022

Several topics were covered at the meeting, including

  • Updates on the work of IIACC and its presence on social media.
  • Revisions to the Indiana Comprehensive State Plan for Individuals with ASD
    • Inclusive and accessible language
    • SMART objectives/action points for each goal
    • Justification of goals and action points through research
    • Updates to align with research and Needs Assessment (e.g., Goal 6)
    • Opportunities for wider dissemination of the comprehensive plan
    • Opportunities for added content
  • Review of materials and resources created as part of the trajectory for Goal 2: Family and Professional Partnership
  • Planning for new trajectories

For each of the topics, members had a chance to share their insights, provide suggestions, and discuss ways to distribute across Indiana and to engage more people in the IIACC efforts

To review the materials covered at the meeting, visit: Quarterly Meeting – March 10, 2022

RSVP for the upcoming meeting on June 2, 2022: https://indiananetwork.org/

UPDATE: Comprehensive Plan

Based on the need for relevance and accessibility of the Comprehensive Plan shared by the community and IIACC members, a new Plan structure was developed in 2020-2021 with ongoing input from IIACC members. These modifications allow us to set foundation for future adaptations by reformatting the structure, organization towards greater simplicity, to allow for greater accessibility and use across all stakeholders and communities. The updated Comprehensive Plan structure reflects four main sections for each goal to improvement of navigation, reader friendliness, and ability to quickly find the needed information. All information has been tailored for simplified verbiage that is both accessible and relevant (see figure below).

Note: Background information is available on the website.

Learn more and download the plan

Services of Entitlement

Select a Category:

It may be challenging for families, caregivers, individuals with ASD, and others to navigate support systems and services. In order to best support individuals, families, providers, and communities statewide as they learn to navigate life with ASD or a related disability, HANDS in Autism© together with the NeuroDiagnostic Institute and IIACC partners reached out to organizations and asked directors and professionals to share about the noted service or program they oversee or facilitate in order to support awareness of, access to, advocacy for, and/or navigation within as individuals, families, and teams statewide are connected. Hear what they had to say below.

Category: Advocacy

IN*SOURCE

Special Education Parent Support

Indiana 211

Connecting you with professionals in mental health & addiction, health care, housing assistance, tax assistance, food & clothing, education & employment, and more

Category: Education

The Indiana Education Scholarship Account Program (INESA)

INESA, managed by the state treasurer’s office, will allow eligible parents/guardians to establish an education scholarship account (ESA) that can be used for their child’s education expenses.

Category: evaluation

Indiana Dept. of Education and Indiana IEP Resource Center

Video Series: Simulated Intake for Parent Referral for Preschool Evaluation

Category: Savings

Indiana ABLE

INvestABLE Indiana helps individuals save, while preserving their SSI and Medicaid.

Category: Pre-ETS

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Employment services program for Indiana students in transition (ages 14-21) and adults with disabilities

The Arc of Indiana

On oversight of delivery of Pre-Employment Transition Services

Category: Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Indiana VR Services by The Arc of Indiana

What to expect with VR

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services

This short video describes the VR process, eligibility, and the services VR can provide if you need some help to learn new skills, find a job, or start a career.