Local Community Cadres (LCCs): Activities and History

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:

    activities of LCC groups
  • 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.

How did LCCs Start?

In September 2010, HANDS conducted a summit to facilitate the development of Local Community Cadres within six regions of the state. The expectation was that Cadres would consist of regional representatives from across medical, school, community, and family systems to join together to take action in meeting the identified local community needs of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder or related developmental disabilities. With regional representation, such groups would be able to work together on individualized needs for their local areas with their respective culture, resources, and systems at mind. It is for this reason we have limited cadre participation to the one area for which each cadre member most strongly represents whether that be by residence, job location, or proximity to either.