Engage with a Local Community Cadre (LCC)

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The impact of the Local Community Cadre (LCC) on each community is directly related to the participation of invested stakeholders who are active in the following:

  • Assessing the community’s needs and gaps relating to ASD;
  • Developing a plan of action to address the identified needs and gaps; and
  • Collaboration across systems to implement strategies that will make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their family members and those who provide services and supports.

LCC Commitment & Community Participation

LCC members are self-selected and determine their own level of participation in the cadre. All types and levels of participation are welcomed—and needed—to further engage LCCs and integrate positive ASD supporting changes across multiple systems within your community. Community Participation in the LCC may include options such as:

  • Participation in live or teleconference meetings.
  • Collaboration with LCC members as a thought leader or community resource to develop and/or implement strategies within your circle of influence.
  • Provide assistance in identifying ASD needs or gaps within your community (e.g., completing the ASD Needs Assessment or hosting a focus group to complete the needs assessment).
  • Coordination with HANDS in Autism® and LCC cadre members in development of and/or dissemination of ASD awareness building or ASD supporting resources and tools.
  • Assistance or participation in community activities supporting ASD awareness (e.g., community events, trainings, etcetera).
  • Participating in the LCC as an active, ongoing member engaged in multiple initiatives.
  • Becoming an LCC champion in your community by promoting the local LCC and engaging others to participate.

Our LCC Members

LCC membership in each cadre should represent the invested stakeholders across multiple systems that support or interact with individuals with ASD and their families. Membership in each cadre is unique to the community it serves and can include any of the following:

  • Individuals with ASD
  • Family Members/Caregivers
  • Education (primary, secondary, post-secondary)
  • Early Childhood
  • Medical
  • First Responders
  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Vocational & Transition Supports
  • Other Community Providers
  • Justice and Corrections
  • Rehabilitation/Residential Care
  • Local System of Care
  • State/Local Government
  • Advocacy/Self-Advocacy
  • Insurance/Managed Care


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