The creation of the IIACC was the first goal of the Indiana Comprehensive State Plan for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Council consists of organizations invited to participate in the IIACC to inform the Comprehensive State Plan. HANDS in Autism® facilitates and coordinates the Council as well as manages the data collection and the evolution, activities and analysis of the status of services reflected within the Comprehensive State Plan.

IIACC Mission

The IIACC’s primary mission is to facilitate the efficient and effective exchange of information on autism‐related activities among the member agencies, and to leverage resources and experiences to address common issues and outcomes, and to fill identified gaps. The Council serves as a forum to assist in implementation through informing the direction and assisting in increases of public understanding and awareness of the state’s collective priorities, activities, programs, policies, and research, and in bringing important matters of interest forward to enable and facilitate shared knowledge, discussion, and general access to the state resources and activities. In the current work, the IIACC serves as one essential forum and mechanism for information sharing as well as data driven decision making through review, discussion, and problem solving informed by the data collected through a comprehensive, systematic, and facilitated process. Further, subcommittees or expanded workgroups enhance the focus on particular goal areas from the Comprehensive State Plan while involving a more expansive group and facilitating greater involvement in the directed activities around these areas. Similarly, analogous activities occur by regional involvements in the facilitated Local Community Cadres (LCCs) with representatives of these cadres also participating as part of the Community Advisory Groups (CAGs) with LCC representatives participating in the IIACC as necessary or desired. Ultimately, by utilizing the infrastructure of the IIACC, the subcommittee/workgroup extensions of the IIACC, the LCC regional networks, and data collected as part of the comprehensive needs assessment, the current status of the Comprehensive Plan is  assessed ongoing and adaptations proposed with renewed vision and action‐based steps allowing for measurable progress aligned with state goals and efforts. Actions are continually prioritized by the IIACC within each goal area so as to limit the focus of the work and to ensure greater opportunity for concentrated and directed efforts.

Objectives and Scope of Activities

The IIACC will:

  1. Engage in approximately quarterly meetings at the Indiana Government Center in downtown Indianapolis.
  2. Engage in large group meetings (conducted live and via phone/web conference and/or online forum, as need to expand inputopportunities) to clarify missions as well as action‐based and measurable objectives. During these meetings and small group activities, the members of the IIACC will further identify data needed to inform progression and review any data compiled since the last meeting and towards update and revision of the Comprehensive Plan. Further, the group will identify collective messages for shared dissemination and focus and directed progress across the state.
  3. Ultimately, the activities of the IIACC (as well as subcommittees, LCCs, focus groups, informant interviews) will provide substantiation for the summary and report delivered to the State regarding the state of the state and any needed modifications to the current plan in ASD related to primary areas of subcommittee or workgroup efforts.
  4. Make policy and procedure recommendations to the FSSA/BDDS office regarding any appropriate changes to service and other activities related to ASD including but not limited to the areas noted above.

Workgroups

Subcommittees of the IIACC or IIACC workgroups are formed around the overarching goals of the Indiana Comprehensive State Plan for Individuals with ASD. These work groups include:

  • Family and professional partnerships
  • Access and utilization of essential medical, mental health, education, and other community‐based services
  • Early screening and identification
  • Adult transition and employment
  • Insurance
  • Justice system

Community Advisory Groups (CAGs)

 

Recently Active IIACC Member Organizations

Adulthood

Advocacy

Behavioral

Community Providers

Corrections

Early Childhood

Education

Families

First Responders

Insurance

Medical

Mental Health

Oversight/Administration

Policy/Legislation

Regional

Self‐Advocacy

University

Vocational & Transition