Indiana Resources


Indiana's Guidance on Medical Diagnosis versus Educational Determination of Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Indiana Resource Networks (IRNs) & Additional Resources

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

The Early Childhood Center (ECC)

Focus: As one of six centers at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, ECC provides training, technical assistance, data analyses, and strategic planning to support schools in improving the quality and impact of their preschool programs. Its work has focused on program evaluation and professional development related to inclusive services, universal design, collaborative service approaches, transition, family engagement, and high quality early education practices for all children. ECC has worked with early education programs serving children with and without disabilities throughout Indiana. It also works closely with Indiana’s First Steps system in providing evaluation and continuous quality improvement services.
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Director, Michael Conn-Powers, Ph.D., Email Michael
HANDS (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)

Focus: 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 accessible 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 Center of Teacher Equality

Focus: In partnership with schools, families, agencies and communities, the Indiana Center on Teacher Quality (ICTQ) seeks to improve educational outcomes for students by ensuring their access to a pre-k through 12 continuum of instruction from high quality teachers. ICTQ intends to 1) increase the number of high quality teachers serving students with disabilities by providing job embedded professional development at the state, regional and district levels; 2) increase the number of students with disabilities who have access to a high quality teacher by improving recruitment, support and retention of all teachers who teach students with disabilities across the LRE continuum (general education and special education); and 3) to improve school transitions and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities through partnerships and collaborations among schools, community agencies, higher education and families in a pre-K-12 system of support by aligning the policies and practices of key educational stakeholders across the lifespan serving individuals with disabilities.

Co-Project Directors: Sandi Cole, Ed.D, Email Sandi and Teresa Grossi, Ph. D, Email Teresa

The Indiana Disproportionality Resource Center (IDRC)

Focus: To assist the Indiana Department of Education in defining and identifying disproportionality in special education, and provides technical assistance to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in order to increase equity in special education throughout the state.

Project Directors: Sandi Cole, Ed. D, Email Sandi and Dr. Mariella Arredondo, Email Dr. Arredondo 

Indiana IEP Resource Center

Focus: To 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 School Mental Health Initiative

Vision: To ensure all of Indiana’s students, including those with disabilities, are socially, emotionally, and mentally healthy so they are ready to learn and can achieve their full potential. Mission: To build local capacity by providing resources and training with the goal of supporting schools and their community partners as they work together to address the social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of Indiana’s students. Values and Beliefs: the function of an education is to address the development of the whole child; attachment is the carrier of all development, including learning; meeting the social, emotional, and mental health needs of teachers and other school staff is as important as meeting those of the student’s; and our schools and communities are stronger when we work together. Goals: raise awareness on the effects of trauma, stress, and adversity on social, emotional, and cognitive development; promote the development of multi-tiered, cross-system infrastructures to support school communities in addressing the social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of their students and staff within existing structures; share best and promising practices across Indiana by building a community of practice and harnessing our collective knowledge; identify barriers that exist and work to close gaps in systems; assist school districts in building strong community partnerships and connecting to their local System of Care; and identify funding mechanisms and cross-system collaboration opportunities to promote the above.

Director: Dr. Cathy Pratt, Email Dr. Pratt

Indiana 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 Dr. Pratt

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, Ph. D, Email Teresa


Focus: 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 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

Focus: 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 responsive 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: Sandi Cole, Ed. D., Email Sandi

Project Success

Focus: 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
Virtuoso Education Consulting

Focus: To empower educators to meet the needs of all students by developing practitioners’ awareness, knowledge, and skills related to best practices in the PK-12 environment. The team helps educators meet school improvement goals, remediate disproportionality, close discipline and achievement gaps, and develop proficiency in culturally responsive practices.

Director: Dr. Renae Azziz, Email Dr. Azziz


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