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Indiana's Guidance on Medical Diagnosis versus Educational Determination of Autism Spectrum Disorder


Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE)

To promote positive outcomes for all deaf and hard of hearing children through information, services, and education. The CDHHE provides direct services and facilitation of services to children birth through school exit. The Indiana State Department of Health has executive oversight of the CDHHE. The CDHHE (The Center) works directly with school districts, professionals, parents/guardians and with State agencies, including the Department of Education, the Indiana School for the Deaf, the Family and Social Services Administration, and the Indiana State Department of Health. Services provided for school-age children include:

Transition support from Part C to special education services, comprehensive multidisciplinary assessments, hearing assessments, technical assistance and professional development to schools, Teacher of Record services, secondary transition support, and school program consultation.

Center on Education and Lifelong Learning 

Focus: The Center on Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) provides tools, training and technical assistance as schools increase student achievement, build staff capacity and align resources. Their work focuses on professional development related to teacher evaluation systems, differentiated instruction, classroom management, co-teaching, instructional consultation teams (ICT), cultural responsive practices, and PBIS. In addition, CELL conducts program evaluations for a variety of district, state and national programs.

Project Director: Sandi Cole, Ed.D., Email Sandi

Hands in Autism logoHANDS (Helping Answer Needs by Developing Specialists) in Autism Resource Center

Focus: To help school personnel increase knowledge, skill and application of research-based academic and behavioral strategies related to working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. These interventions will foster collaboration, data-driven decision making, and alternatives for discipline that will lead to improved instruction and limited behavioral challenges in the classroom.

Project Director: Naomi Swiezy, Ph.D., HSSP, Email Naomi

Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM)

font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Focus: ICAM logoFocus: The Indiana Center for Accessible Instructional Materials (ICAM) is a PATINS Project managed web-based system designed to provide supports to Indiana LEAs in meeting the NIMAS regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004. Our mission is to partner with LEAs in securing accessible textbooks and core curriculum materials in specialized formats for qualifying students with print disabilities. The ICAM system is owned, maintained and provided to all Indiana schools by the Office of the Associate Superintendent at the Indiana Department of Education. Access to the system, technical support and professional training are provided through the ICAM and PATINS projects without a fee.

Project Director: Daniel McNulty, Email Daniel

Indiana IEP Resource Center

Focus: Indiana IEP Resource Center logoTo increase Indiana educators' knowledge and skills that will (a) support the use of Indiana IEP to develop legally compliant IEPs that follow Article 7 requirements, (b) provide technical assistance and professional development for Indiana educators and staff who are involved in the development of high quality IEPs and (c) support Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in the development and use of procedures to ensure compliance and the fidelity of implementation of IEP goals and services that will result in high quality instruction and programming evident by data review and progress monitoring.

Project Director: Jolly Piersall, Email Jolly

Indiana Deaf-Blind Services Project

Focus: To improve the quality of educational services available to Indiana's infants, toddlers, children and youth who have a combined vision and hearing loss.

Project Director: Carol Wetherell, Email Carol

Indiana Resource Center for Autism logoIndiana Resource Center for Autism

Focus: To actively engage in work that leads to improved outcomes for individuals on the spectrum and their families. Specifically, the center’s work is focused on goals around early detection and diagnosis, effective early childhood and school-age programs that utilize evidence-based practices, transition across grade levels and across stages of life, post-secondary opportunities, community employment and living options, family support, and other activities that lead to an improved quality of life. IRCA staff works in collaboration with other agencies and organizations to assist in achieving these outcomes by providing information and training on a variety of topics, strategies, and methods.

Project Director: Dr. Cathy, Pratt, Email Cathy

Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center

Focus: To create and enhance professional development activities and resources in order to build capacity to improve school and post-school outcomes. The center's work focuses on student-focused planning activities and self-determination skill development; improved Transition IEPs and use of transition assessments; access to effective academic and life-skills instruction, quality work-based learning; interagency collaboration; and family involvement.

Project Director: Teresa Grossi, Email Teresa


IN Source logoFocus: To provide assistance, support services and educational resources to the community of individuals and organizations that serve and support persons with disabilities. Through the provision of information, training, individual assistance and support, they work to help countless families confront the complexities and challenges of having a loved one with special needs. IN*SOURCE celebrates the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities and their families and affirms their ongoing commitment to them.

Project Director: Rich Burden, Email Rich

Pass Project: Promoting Achievement for Students with Sensory Lossass Project: Promoting Achievement for Students with Sensory Loss

Focus: To provide professional development opportunities for educators that will improve instructional quality, promote academic achievement and foster successful post-secondary transition outcomes for students with sensory loss.

Project Director: Carol Wetherell, Email Carol

PATINS Project

PATINS Project logoFocus: To provide accessible technology for assisting LEAs in the utilization and creation of accessible learning environments and instructional materials. As a sole source provider for the Indiana Department of Administration and the Indiana Department of Education, the PATINS Project provides a complete state NIMAS delivery process, inclusive of assistive and accessible technologies, designed to support the Indiana Department of Education and LEAs in addressing the statutory and final regulatory requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.

Project Director: Daniel McNulty, Email Daniel

PBIS Indiana: Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports Resouce Center

Focus: To develop and establish a statewide network of culturally PBIS Indiana logoresponsive school-wide positive behavior support sites and increase educators' knowledge and understanding of how PBIS impacts student achievement, family engagement, dropout rate and least restrictive environment placements.

Project Co-Directors: Russ Skiba, Ph.D., Email Russ & Sandi Cole, Ed. D., Email Sandi

Project Success

Project Success logoFocus: To support teachers and administrators in the design and implementation of Common Core Standards in curriculum and instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities. This includes providing critical background information and access to instructional and resource materials developed by NCSC. Project SUCCESS provides monthly professional development sessions to participating teams and on-site technical assistance as needed.

Director: Amy Howie, Email Amy

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