Event Announcement

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.

Register online

Additional information about the Summit.
Learn more about the LCCs on the HANDS in Autism® website.

May 2019 IIACC Meeting

Needs Assessment: Novel Recruitment Methods

On May 9th, members of the Indiana Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (IIACC) met at the Indiana Government Center South in Indianapolis, IN for the spring quarterly meeting.

Agenda and Content Covered

There was a segment devoted to updating IIACC meeting attendees of what has been in motion since the February meeting:

  • Updates were made to the Indiana Comprehensive State Plan, with an open discussion about the the changes and ideas for sharing (who, where, how).
  • An information sheet about the IIACC was presented for review and comment to members. Points of discussion included “How well does it meet the audience needs?“, “What would you add or call out further?“, and “Based upon the audience you are representing or serve, what would you add or take away?“.
  • Progress on the Professional Learning Community (PLC) project was discussed alongside a new information/recruitment sheet.
  • Status report for the INformation Network included improvements to content organization and accessibility
  • Information about Local Community Cadres (LCCs) and the current revitalization and recruitment project that is underway was shared with an explanation of the overlap between the PLCs, LCCs, and IIACC as a whole.

The main focus for this meeting was recruitment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to take the Indiana Autism Needs Assessment Survey. We spoke about the need for such an outreach and potential obstacles to authentic and accurate communication with transition-age and adults with ASD who may experience difficulty communicating via spoken or written word.

As groups we used a card-sorting activity to gain feedback about where participants stood on various communication methods and modes. They were asked to rate each on their level of Interest, Accessibility, Appropriateness, Efficiency, and urgency.

To wrap up, attendees were updated on the highlight efforts of the DISI award, with this informational video:

Materials & References

Here is a list of downloads of resources presented at the meeting:

Be sure to join us for the next meeting on Thursday, September 5th, 2019. RSVP


Welcome to the Indiana INformation Network, a collaborative system of resources for individuals, families, and communities affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The INformation Network is driven by the shared community responsibility of supporting and caring for those with ASD, as well as their families, as represented in the Indiana Comprehensive State Plan for Individuals with ASD.

Learn more about this project by visiting About the Network page.