Local Community Cadres (LCCs) are regional community networks of families and professionals invested in supporting individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental disabilities through participation in the local cadres for the purpose of identifying local needs and making targeted changes to positively impact ASD at the community level.
To facilitate the sharing of information, training and resources that improve understanding and support of ASD and other disabilities through collaboration across community systems including, but not limited to family members, individuals, school, medical professionals, service providers, advocates, and judicial professionals.
Community members across diverse roles take joint responsibility to identify solutions that will work within their local community to improve the quality of life and inclusion of individuals with ASD and their families.
The core elements central to all cadres to create meaningful and lasting change include:
- Collaboration & Networking
- Information & Dissemination
- Training & Development
- Best Practices & Innovation.
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- Facilitate networking and dialogue with openness to diverse ideas.
- Promote the sharing of resources and information relevant to the local community.
- Create innovative interdisciplinary solutions.
- Ongoing evaluation and identification of needs in the community.
- Reciprocal sharing of resources and tools based upon those identified needs.
- Creation of a mechanism to inform and disseminate regarding regional, state and national initiatives.
- Ensuring community awareness of available trainings and resources.
- Providing consistency in ASD knowledge across the community and its many systems.
- Advancing the capacity to both provide and sustain consistent knowledge and use of science-based methods of working with and supporting affected individuals and families.
- Engagement at a systems level towards effective problem-solving and consistent practices.
- Facilitation towards development and sharing of solutions and resources related to local needs across systems.
- Using existing State and community resources to enhance local, as well as the broader statewide LCC action planning initiatives.
- 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.
- 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