Indiana Resource Network

Posted: Fri, 09/23/2011 - 9:41am Updated: Tue, 03/17/2015 - 2:45pm

The Indiana Resource Network (IRN) is made possible by the Indiana Department of Education's (IDOE) Indiana Resource Centers for Improvement Activities special education grants. It is comprised of centers that provide targeted, comprehensive support to schools across the state to improve teaching and learning.

Indiana IEP Resource Center
Focus: To increase Indiana educators' knowledge and skills that will (a) support the use of Indiana IEP to develop legally compliant IEPs that follow Article 7 requirements, (b) provide technical assistance and professional development for Indiana educators and staff who are involved in the development of high quality IEPs and (c) support Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in the development and use of procedures to ensure compliance and the fidelity of implementation of IEP goals and services that will result in high quality instruction and programming evident by data review and progress monitoring.

Project Director: Jolly Piersall, ;

PBIS Indiana: Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports Resource Center
Focus: To develop and establish a statewide network of culturally responsive school-wide positive behavior support sites and increase educators' knowledge and understanding of how PBIS impacts student achievement, family engagement, dropout rate and least restrictive environment placements.
Project Co-Directors: Russ Skiba, Ph.D. and Sandi Cole, Ed.D;;

Project Success
Project SUCCESS supports teachers and administrators in the design and implementation of Indiana Academic Standards in curriculum and instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities. This includes providing critical background information and access to instructional and resource materials developed by NCSC. Project SUCCESS provides monthly professional development sessions to participating teams and on-site technical assistance as needed.

Director: Amy Howie;;


Focus: Since 1975, the Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs or IN*SOURCE has provided service to Indiana’s families of infants, toddlers, children, youth and young adults with disabilities. IN*SOURCE is a parent organization. Through the work and dedication of the Board of Directors, the staff and many volunteers, virtually all of whom are parents of persons with disabilities, IN*SOURCE, utilizing a proven parent to parent model, has provided assistance, support services and educational resources to the community of individuals and organizations that serve and support persons with disabilities. Through the provision of information, training, individual assistance and support, they worked to help countless families confront the complexities and challenges of having a loved one with special needs. IN*SOURCE celebrates the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities and their families and affirms their ongoing commitment to them.
Project Director: Rich Burden; ;

Pass Project: Promoting Achievement for Students with Sensory Loss
Focus: To provide professional development opportunities for educators that will improve instructional quality, promote academic achievement and foster successful post-secondary transition outcomes for students with sensory loss.
Project Director: Carol Wetherell; ;

Indiana Deafblind Services Project
Focus: The Indiana Deafblind Services Project is designed to improve the quality of educational services available to Indiana's infants, toddlers, children and youth who have a combined vision and hearing loss.
Project Director: Carol Wetherell; ;

PATINS Project
Focus: The PATINS Project is a state-wide technical assistance network that provides accessible technology for assisting LEAs in the utilization and creation of accessible learning environments and instructional materials. As a sole source provider for the Indiana Department of Administration and the Indiana Department of Education, the PATINS Project provides a complete state NIMAS delivery process, inclusive of assistive and accessible technologies, designed to support the Indiana Department of Education and LEAs in addressing the statutory and final regulatory requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.
Project Director: Daniel McNulty; ;

Indiana Center for Accessible Instructional Materials (ICAM)
Focus: The Indiana Center for Accessible Instructional Materials (ICAM) is a PATINS Project managed web-based system designed to provide supports to Indiana LEAs in meeting the NIMAS regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004. Our mission is to partner with LEAs in securing accessible textbooks and core curriculum materials in specialized formats for qualifying students with print disabilities. The ICAM system is owned, maintained and provided to all Indiana schools by the Office of the Associate Superintendent at the Indiana Department of Education. Access to the system, technical support and professional training are provided through the ICAM and PATINS projects without a fee.
Project Director: Daniel McNulty;;

Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center
Focus: To create and enhance professional development activities and resources in order to build capacity to improve school and post-school outcomes. The center's work focuses on student-focused planning activities and self-determination skill development; improved Transition IEPs and use of transition assessments; access to effective academic and life-skills instruction, quality work-based learning; interagency collaboration; and family involvement.
Project Director: Teresa Grossi;;

Additional Resources

Effective Evaluation Resource Services at Blumberg Center (formerly known as the Effective Evaluation Resource Center)
Focus: To increase the use of knowledge, procedures, and practices that (a) ensure targeted and high quality instruction and intervention for all students, (b) promote accurate and appropriate identification and programming for students with disabilities, and (c) advance the use of assessment data for the purposes of instructional planning and programming.  Multiple resource materials, web modules, and videos are available on the project’s website.  Training and technical assistance services are available to schools, districts, and special education cooperatives/planning districts on a contracted, fee-based basis.

Please visit the website at or contact Leah Nellis, Ph.D., NCSP at

HANDS (Helping Answer Needs by Developing Specialists) in Autism Resource Center
To help school personnel increase knowledge, skill and application of research-based educational and behavioral strategies rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis and related to working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.  These interventions will foster collaboration, data-driven decision making, and alternatives for discipline that will lead to improved instruction and limited behavioral challenges in the classroom as well as other school and community settings.  A wide range of resources, materials, trainings and consultations are available to assist consumers in learning about and practically applying best practice strategies across disciplines, roles and settings with students of all ages and functioning levels. Services and resources are available for a range of free, low cost and fee for service or contractual basis.  Please visit us at
Project Director: Naomi Swiezy, Ph.D., HSSP; or (3170 274-3935.

Center on Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL)
Focus: The Center on Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) provides tools, training and technical assistance as schools increase student achievement, build staff capacity and align resources. Their work focuses on professional development related to teacher evaluation systems, differentiated instruction, classroom management, co-teaching, instructional consultation teams (ICT), cultural responsive practices, and PBIS. In addition, CELL conducts program evaluations for a variety of district, state and national programs.
Project Director: Sandi Cole, Ed.D;

Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE)
Focus: To promote positive outcomes for all deaf and hard of hearing children through information, services, and education. The CDHHE provides direct services and facilitation of services to children birth through school exit. The Indiana State Department of Health has executive oversight of the CDHHE. The CDHHE (The Center) works directly with school districts, professionals, parents/guardians and with State agencies, including the Department of Education, the Indiana School for the Deaf, the Family and Social Services Administration, and the Indiana State Department of Health. Services provided for school-age children include: 

Transition support from Part C to special education services, comprehensive multidisciplinary assessments, hearing assessments.  Contact Cindy Lawrence

Technical assistance to schools, Teacher of Record services, secondary transition support, and school program consultation and assessments.  Contact Sarah Kiefer,

CDHHE Website: