The Indiana Institute’s training and technical assistance activities touch thousands of Hoosiers annually. Training activities and formats can be customized based on specific needs. Training topics encompass lifespan and various life areas including early intervention, education, employment, and community living as well as skill-building in self-determination, family support, and self-advocacy. Advanced training formats are offered that include online classes, training modules, webinars, and podcasts. Additionally, selected events offer attendees certificates of attendance, continuing education credits, and Indiana University graduate credit.
Examples of training topics include:
Topics in Early Intervention
Evaluation Report to Early Learning Advisory Council
Topics in Education
Facilitating Restorative Conferences
Using Classroom Circles Effectively
Topics in Transition and Employment
Benefits Planning and Information
VR Employment Model/Rate Structure
Topics in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Fundamentals of Structured TEACCH®ing
Camp YES, AND: Teens on the Spectrum and Teachers - Laughing and Learning Together
Topics in Community Living
The Art of Aging
Advocates for Livable Communities
Technical assistance is a core component of many grants and contracts at the Indiana Institute. Our technical assistance activities are collaborative, systematic, targeted, and results-driven and designed to improve the capacity of schools, agencies, and organizations serving people with disabilities. Last year, over 8,000 hours of training and technical assistance was provided Institute-wide. Additionally, over 675 training and technical assistance events were conducted reaching a total of 57,298 persons with disabilities, family members, and professionals.
Since 2011, the Institute has provided 51,557 hours of training and technical assistance reaching 320,614 participants across 4,987 events. Additionally, in 2015-16, faculty and staff received 10 local, state, and national awards.
Institute faculty and staff also contribute time on various boards, committees, and working groups. Last year, staff involvement included:
- 10 university-related committees
- 17 local committees;
- 44 state committees; and
- 25 national committees.