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Member Benefits: Core Four

As part of our LCC Community, you will have opportunities to collaborate and network with peers within and outside your area. Our Core Four represents member benefits!

  • Collaboration and Networking
  • Information and Dissemination
  • Training and Development
  • Best Practices and Innovation

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Expectations of Membership

Community time and effort is needed to build effective supports for individuals with ASD and related disabilities that are relevant to each region. Members choose their level of participation based upon the time they feel they can commit to. All levels of participation are welcome and needed!


Cadres are comprised of local, diverse, self-appointed stakeholders invested in addressing the needs of individuals and families affected by ASD and other related developmental disabilities. Membership is representative of the full range of supports across the lifespan.

Currently, eight (8) cadre chapters are operating across seven (7) regions in Indiana. These cadres are continually working to identify and address their community specific needs.

  • Southwest LCC (Wabash Valley)
  • Southwest LCC (Southern Indiana)
  • Southeast LCC (Bloomington)
  • North Central LCC (Lafayette)
  • Northeast LCC (Fort Wayne)
  • Northwest LCC (LaPorte County)
  • Central LCC (Indianapolis)
  • East LCC (Richmond)

To meet the needs globally, we have also created a global community cadre.

LCCs Activities & Community Contributions

Each LCC chapter is unique and connects (live or on-line) regularly to:

  • Assess and Evaluate: Develop an understanding of community needs to be addressed and the status of current efforts using the ASD Needs Assessment and other data.
  • Engage Stakeholders: Mobilize interest, consensus and support regarding the strategies used to address community needs and how to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Develop an Action Plan: As a cohesive group, formulate an action plan for addressing the identified needs and achieving positive outcomes.
  • Implement Strategies: Work together within the cadre and the community to implement strategies identified in the LCC action plan.

Activities pursued by each cadre are based on the identified needs of the region including, but not limited to:

  • Workshops for parents, school personnel, medical professionals and community providers
  • Community events and other networking initiatives
  • Strategic dissemination of informational materials or resources
  • Community participation in polls and surveys to inform LCC and State activities

As a result, the established LCCs facilitated growth in local capacity to identify ASD-related needs and implement the needed training, resources and supports within the community. Eight local cadre chapters were initially developed in seven regions across the state based upon community stakeholder input and action plans developed as a result of multiple HANDS-facilitated LCC mini-summits. Over the course of the first couple of years after LCCs were established, more than 15,000 tools, informational handouts and other resources were disseminated and 40+ workshops and training events were held.

The LCCs also provided a regional impact that stretched statewide as information from the LCCs about the local needs was shared with the state’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (or IIACC). This information and the LCC representation at the State-level advisory group lead to providing local input used to assist the State in understanding the gaps and needs and pursuing legislation, funding allocations, and program and policy changes to support individuals with ASD and their families in Indiana.