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About IN*SOURCE Trainings

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IN*SOURCE offers information, assistance and training to parents and professionals in several formats:

  • classroom training
  • online training, and
  • Podcasts. 

Additionally, we schedule presentations and training sessions on request and can customize a training session for a specific group.  Check our training calendar for scheduled classes or call (800) 332-4433 to request a class for your group. IN*SOURCE trainings are provided at no charge.

Classroom Training Sessions

Bullying Prevention: Everyone’s Responsibility-What Parents Can Do!
This workshop is designed for parents to explore the dynamics of bullying and to learn what they can do to help children address this issue. The workshop focuses on students with disabilities and includes a brief review of the applicable laws and available resources. (Suggested time: 2 hours)

IN*SOURCE: A Parent Center
This workshop will provide information about IN*SOURCE and the services the organization provides to parents/families of children with special education needs and to professionals in the disability community. (Suggested time: 30 mins.)

The Special Education Process: Understanding Article 7 (1.5 hrs.)
This session covers basic information about Indiana's special education law and is designed to help parents understand the special education process, their role, and their right to participate in decision making. Additionally, this session helps parents understand Article 7 and apply it to their specific situation. Information covered includes referral and evaluation, the individualized education program, placement and dispute resolution. (Suggested time: 1.5 hours)

The Special Education Process: Understanding Article 7 (2.5 hrs.)
This session covers more in-depth information about Indiana’s special education law and is designed to help parents understand and use Article 7 and learn how to apply it to their specific situation.  Parents will understand the special education process, their role in the process, and their right to participate in decision making.  They will also practice using Article 7 to find information.  Information covered includes referral and evaluation, the individualized education program, placement, and dispute resolution. (Suggested time: 2.5 hours)

Special Education 101
This session provides a brief overview of the special education process with an emphasis on the parent's role in the process, dispute resolution options for parents, and the importance of building good relationships. (Suggested time: 1 hour)

Discipline
This training will focus on school discipline. The discipline provisions of Article 7 are complex.  When a student with a disability breaks school rules, the student may be disciplined the same as a student without a disability.  However, a student with a disability has more protection in certain situations. The discipline provisions of Article 7 provide direction to both parents and schools on how to balance and access educational services while maintaining an orderly and safe learning environment.  (Suggested time: 1.5 hours)   

Preparing for Your Student’s Special Education Case Conference (1 hr.)
Case conferences can be confusing and stressful for parents.  This session helps parents identify issues of concern, organize documents, prepare information, and communicate effectively during the case conference.  This class will help parents become their child’s best advocate and build positive relationships with school personnel. (Suggested time: 1 hour) 

Preparing  for Your Student’s Special Education Case Conference (2 hr.)
Case conferences can be confusing and stressful for parents.  This session reviews the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) and how parents can use the Six Principles of IDEA to help them articulate concerns about their child’s special education program.  Basic information about the IEP and dispute resolution are included.  This session also helps parents identify issues of concern, organize documents, prepare information, and communicate effectively during the case conference.  This class will help parents become their child’s best advocate and build positive relationships with school personnel. (Suggested time: 2 hours)

Educational Surrogate Parent Training
Foster parents, guardians, and others involved with parents of children with disabilities can learn the basics about special education law as well as special issues impacting foster children with disabilities and how to help advocate effectively for these students.  Since lack of school success is a significant issue for foster children with disabilities, this class is an invaluable tool to help foster parents and others improve the educational experience for these children. (Suggested time: 3 hours) 

Advocating for the Special Needs Foster Child
This training is for foster parents, case managers, CASAs, judges, teachers, and others who work with foster children.  It provides information about risk factors for foster children with disabilities, the special education process and how to advocate for foster children.  (Suggested time: 2 hours)

Section 504
Section 504 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.  Students who might not qualify for special education services may be covered by Section 504.  This module explains Section 504 as it applies to schools including referral, evaluation, eligibility, and accommodations. (Suggested time: 1 hour)

Transition to Adult Life
Planning for a student’s transition from school to adult life can be complex.    It may include postsecondary education or training and/or community employment, community living and leisure opportunities with family and friends.  This session provides information to help parents  understand some of the issues that will be addressed in the transition planning process including the transition IEP and the student’s and the family’s role in the process.  It will also cover accessing adult services and supports and the importance of the Rehabilitation Act to transition age students. (Suggested time: 2 hours)

Individualized Education Plans and 504 Plans
This session provides an overview of both the special education process and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as is applies to schools.  Similarities and differences in IEPs and 504 plans will be discussed. (Suggested time: 3 hours)

Transition IEP – What Families Need to Know
This training focuses specifically on the transition IEP.  It provides information about the requirements of the transition IEP so families can participate in the process of developing a good transition IEP.  This presentation was developed by the Center on Community Living and Careers, Indiana Institute On Disability and Community, Indiana University.(Suggested time: 3 hours)

The Role of the Volunteer in the Special Education Case Conference
This training is designed to assist the IN*SOURCE Parent Support Volunteer with respect to their attendance and participation in case conferences with parents. This training will help volunteers to better support parents at case conferences, help parents to more easily navigate the current special education process in Indiana, and communicate more effectively, efficiently, and diplomatically with parents and school personnel. (Suggested time:  1.5 hours)

Online Trainings

Understanding Article 7

  • Special Education in Indiana
  • Referral, Evaluation and Eligibility
  • The Individualized Education Program
  • Communication and Dispute Resolution

Article 7 Advanced

  • Special Education – Past and Present
  • Using Article 7
  • Pre-referral Services
  • Procedural Safeguards
  • Special Education Process in Indiana
  • Transitioning into Adult Life

Article 7 Discipline Provisions

  • Article 7 Discipline

Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act

  • IDEA

Advocating for the Special Needs Foster Child

  • Advocating for the Special Needs Foster Child

Parent Support Volunteer Training

  • Introduction
  • Special Education – Past and Present
  • Six Principles of IDEA
  • Using Article 7
  • Pre-referral Services
  • Procedural Safeguards
  • Special Education in Indiana
  • Section 504
  • Transitioning to Adult Life
  • Discipline

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