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Regional Autism LCC Summit 2019: Central LCC Chapter

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Indianapolis, IN | July 17, 2019

July 17th on the IUPUI Campus in Indianapolis, 21 individuals representing multiple counties in the central local community cadre (LCC) region (including Marion, Hamilton, Johnson and a couple attendees from Delaware county) converged to address concerns and gaps within their communities relating to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the impact to individuals, families and other community providers and stake holders.

The Summit

The day involved utilizing the experience, skills and knowledge of a diverse group of individuals (including an individual with ASD, family members, community service providers, educators, state representatives, managed care and ASD Advocates) to review data from research, ongoing statewide assessments and local community input to inform an analysis of the region’s ASD status, gaps and needs. Then together, with HANDS in Autism® as facilitator, the group explored concepts of social change and developed consensus regarding the primary goals—that if addressed at a local level—could positively impact the lives of individuals with ASD and the family members and community providers supporting them.

Regional LCC Activity

The primary goal this group will address in the coming year is increase ASD awareness within the communities making up the central LCC region. Those participating in the summit will identify others in their agencies and community that would be willing to work together moving forward to address this regional LCC goal. The approach, supported by HANDS in Autism®, will involve LCC members engaging in online and in-person meetings and discussions (based upon each member’s capacity and willingness to engage) to identify strategies that will address the goal of ASD awareness. HANDS in Autism will provide technical assistance, training, material development, etcetera, as needed to facilitate and support the regional LCC activities.

The first central LCC region activity, Speed to Awareness, just launched to build community awareness during the back-to-school season. The LCC members will utilize the canvas platform as a meeting and discussion venue for this activity. It’s not too late to become a part of the Central Region LCC initiative. Follow this link to participate in the initial activity poll (and provide your contact information where indicated): http://HANDSinAutism.CentralLCC-Sprint4Awareness.sgizmo.com/s3/.

Scheduled LCC Summits

To continue this momentum of local change supporting ASD—and to reassess, reframe and realign Indiana’s regional LCCs—HANDS in Autism® has scheduled 3 more regional LCC summits for this year:

  • October 4: East Region Summit (includes Grant, Blackford, Jay, Madison, Delaware, Randolph, Henry, Wayne, Rush, Fayette, Union and Franklin counties)
  • November 8: Northeast Region Summit (includes Elkhart, LaGrange, Steuben, Kosciusko, Noble, De Kalb, Whitley, Allen, Wabash, Huntington, Wells, and Adams counties)
  • December 13: Southeast Region Summit (includes Monroe, Brown, Bartholomew, Decatur, Lawrence, Jackson, Jennings, Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland, Jefferson, Scott, Washington, Clark, Floyd, Orange, Crawford, and Harrison counties)

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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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Anticipated outcomes and benefits of the LCC R3 Initiative is to further strengthen the LCC capacity to positively impact the quality of life for individuals with ASD at a very direct and local level, as well as the following:

  • Inform the Indiana Interagency Autism Coordination Council (IIACC) as a Community Advisory Group (CAG) regarding the capacity and gaps in addressing the ASD needs of the community. Learn about IIACC
  • Share knowledge, data and resources within the workplace, system of care and the communities in which they live.
  • Gain ASD-focused knowledge and resources when participating in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) or other community event/training. Click here to learn about PLCs
  • Learn about PLCs
  • Contribute to the development, utilization and sharing of resources via the INformation Network website. Click here to learn more about the INformation Network
  • Identify needs to expand number of LCCs, based upon community needs.