Posted: Fri, 09/23/2011 - 9:41am Updated: Thu, 07/12/2018 - 8:16am

Indiana Resource Network

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


Indiana Center on Teacher Quality (ICTQ)
In partnership with schools, families, agencies and communities, the Indiana Center on Teacher Quality (ICTQ) seeks to improve educational outcomes for students by ensuring their access to a pre-k through 12 continuum of instruction from high quality teachers. ICTQ intends to 1) increase the number of high quality teachers serving students with disabilities by providing job embedded professional development at the state, regional and district levels; 2) increase the number of students with disabilities who have access to a high quality teacher by improving recruitment, support and retention of all teachers who teach students with disabilities across the LRE continuum (general education and special education); and 3) to improve school transitions and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities through partnerships and collaborations among schools, community agencies, higher education and families in a pre-K-12 system of support by aligning the policies and practices of key educational stakeholders across the lifespan serving individuals with disabilities.
Co-Project Directors: Sandi Cole, Ed.D, and Teresa Grossi, Ph. D,

Indiana IEP Resource Center

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, ;

Project Success

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: Joel Boehner, ;


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 Deaf-Blind Resources

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. 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 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: Judith Gross; jmsgross@iu.edu
Indiana Disproportionality Resource Center The Indiana Disproportionality Resource Center (IDRC)  Focus: To assist the Indiana Department of Education in defining and identifying disproportionality in special education, and provides technical assistance to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in order to increase equity in special education throughout the state.  Project Director: Dr. Russ Skiba,
Indiana School Mental Health Initiative

Indiana School Mental Health Initiative
Vision: To ensure all of Indiana’s students, including those with disabilities, are socially, emotionally, and mentally healthy so they are ready to learn and can achieve their full potential. Mission: To build local capacity by providing resources and training with the goal of supporting schools and their community partners as they work together to address the social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of Indiana’s students. Values and Beliefs: the function of an education is to address the development of the whole child; attachment is the carrier of all development, including learning; meeting the social, emotional, and mental health needs of teachers and other school staff is as important as meeting those of the student’s; and our schools and communities are stronger when we work together. Goals: raise awareness on the effects of trauma, stress, and adversity on social, emotional, and cognitive development; promote the development of multi-tiered, cross-system infrastructures to support school communities in addressing the social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of their students and staff within existing structures; share best and promising practices across Indiana by building a community of practice and harnessing our collective knowledge; identify barriers that exist and work to close gaps in systems; assist school districts in building strong community partnerships and connecting to their local System of Care; and identify funding mechanisms and cross-system collaboration opportunities to promote the above.

For more information contact Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., BCBA-D, director,

Additional Resources

The Indiana Resource Network (IRN) also contains additional valuable resource centers that support teachers, schools and corporations but that are not financially supported by DOE

PBIS Indiana

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;;

Helping Answer Needs by Developing Specialists

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 (317) 274-3935.

Focus: The Center on Education and Lifelong Learning

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

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:

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Focus: The Indiana Resource Center for Autism staff are actively engaged in work that leads to improved outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum and related disorders, and their families by providing professionals, family members, and individuals with ASD with the knowledge and skills to support children and adults in typical early intervention, school, community, work, postsecondary and home settings. The work of IRCA covers a wide range of activities focused on building local capacity via information development and dissemination, customized trainings, statewide conferences, individual consultations, coaching, and research.
Through our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest), numerous listservs, website and free newsletter, IRCA provides access to a wealth of free and practical tools that can be easily replicated and used across a variety of settings. As Indiana’s state legislated autism center, IRCA is committed to responding with accurate and timely information that addresses the needs of individuals across the autism spectrum and across the lifespan.

For more information, visit our website at
Director: Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., BCBA-D,

Virtuoso Education Consulting

Virtuoso Education Consulting
Focus: To empower educators to meet the needs of all students by developing practitioners’ awareness, knowledge, and skills related to best practices in the PK-12 environment. The team helps educators meet school improvement goals, remediate disproportionality, close discipline and achievement gaps, and develop proficiency in culturally responsive practices. 

Director: Dr. Renae Azziz,,
Visit for more information.

Early Childhood Center The Early Childhood Center (ECC) is one of six centers at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. It provides training, technical assistance, data analyses, and strategic planning to support schools in improving the quality and impact of their preschool programs. Its work has focused on program evaluation and professional development related to inclusive services, universal design, collaborative service approaches, transition, family engagement, and high quality early education practices for all children. ECC has worked with early education programs serving children with and without disabilities throughout Indiana. It also works closely with Indiana’s First Steps system in providing evaluation and continuous quality improvement services.

For more information, visit our website at

Director, Michael Conn-Powers, Ph.D.,