Local Community Cadres (LCCs)

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Regional Autism LCC Summit 2019: Central LCC Chapter

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Indianapolis, IN | July 17, 2019, 9am-4pm

(Indianapolis, IN) HANDS in Autism® is engaging a diverse pool of individuals from the Central Indiana area to take part in the first of several Regional Autism Local Community Cadre (LCC) Summits on July 17, 2019 at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis, IN. The Regional Autism LCC Summit will provide a forum for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), family members, caregivers, providers, professionals and other community stakeholders across Marion, Hancock, Hamilton, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks and Putnam Counties to provide input regarding the next phase of evolution of the state‚Äôs LCCs.

The goal of the current LCC Summit is to use data from research, ongoing statewide assessments, and local community input to inform the process such that LCCs help to directly enhance, support and grow local community capacity to address the needs of individuals with ASD and their families, caretakers and providers. Additionally, the group will explore how LCCs can best contribute to the support and advancement of collective statewide initiatives.

HANDS in Autism® invites community stakeholders, who live or work in the Central LCC Region, and are interested in being involved in an expanding network to support the growth of local capacity and join in state-level initiatives.

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Local Community Cadres (LCCs) are regional community networks of families and professionals invested in serving individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental disabilities.

LCC Flyer which is equivalent to information on the siteLCC Mission

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, indivdiuals, school, medical professionals, service providers, advocates, and judicial professionals.

LCC Vision

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.

LCC Core Four

The core elements central to all cadres to create meaningful and lasting change include:

LCC Flyer which is equivalent to information on the site1. Collaboration & Networking: LCCs encourage bridging and collaboration across diverse points of view to:

  • 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.

2. Information & Dissemination: Dialogue between LCC chapters, HANDS in Autism® and local stakeholders encourage:

  • 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.

3. Training & Development: Development of community awareness of and capacity to support individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities through training and professional development aimed at:

  • 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.

4. Best Practices & Innovation: The interdisciplinary knowledge-base, connections, experience and skills of the LCC membership will encourage shared community responsibility and effort in addressing the needs of families and professionals supporting and caring for individuals with ASD and related disabilities that foster:

  • 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.

LCC R3 Initiative

LCCs have demonstrated they are an essential and needed component of the ASD support framework in the state, that is why HANDS in Autism® would like to launch an LCC Reorganize, Rethink and Refine (R3) initiative to better engage, refine, support and expand the LCCs across the state.

This LCC initiative includes the following phases:

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LCC Membership

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.

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!

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LCC Regions & Chapters

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.

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