Recognizing that the prevalence rate of autism spectrum disorders is increasing (1 in 68 as of March 2014 - CDC data), the Institute's Indiana Resource Center for Autism and sister Centers engage in work that leads to improved quality of life for individuals on the spectrum and their families. Specifically, work is focused on goals in 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, and family support.
Professional Development in Autism Project
Since 2009, the Institute's Indiana Resource Center for Autism has been involved in intensive coaching to school districts across Indiana to support the implementation of evidence-based practices on behalf of students across the autism spectrum and at all grade levels. In some cases, these practices have been implemented school wide to support initiatives around PBIS, RTI, and MTSS (multi-tiered system of support). IRCA staff work with school districts on articulating personalized goals and developing action plans. Over the past seven years, IRCA staff have worked in over 125 schools in districts across Indiana.
School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports (SW-PBS) Technical Assistance
The Institute’s Center for Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) works with individual schools and corporations to develop and implement school- and district-wide initiatives of School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports (SW-PBS). Schools or districts contract with the Center to conduct initial assessments of needs and priorities, provide initial training to school or district teams and/or coaches, and provide on-going technical assistance to facilitate the development and implementation of school-wide plans.Explore SW-PBS
Camp YES And...
At Camp Yes And, teens and teachers learn improv as a way to develop social communication skills and transform teaching and learning. Sponsored by the Indiana Institute's Center on Education and Lifelong Learning and the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, the camp is designed to support verbal teens (ages 13-18) on the autism spectrum, or those with a similar diagnosis, who would benefit from support around building social communication skills.
This video was taken at Camp Yes And 2015 by Kat Carlton of the Herald Times.
The Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) has amassed a collection of visual supports and other resources that provide examples of various strategies that can be used to support students on the autism spectrum, as well as others with and without disabilities. Many of the visuals can also be used with families to assist their son/daughter at home. Others may benefit adults on the spectrum, as well.
Workshops and Presentations
The faculty and staff of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) can personalize training opportunities for you organization on such topics as an overview of ASD, verbal behavior, the use of apps, and social skills instruction. Workshop fees, dates, times, and locations can be negotiated. Some additional topics include:
- Adapted Curriculum: The Use of Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Structured Teaching Strategies (as developed by the TEACCH® Program)
- Using the Ziggurat and CAPS Model in the School Environment