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Class Descriptions

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

  • Classroom training
  • Online training,
  • Archived webinars, 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 - English

Advocating for the Foster Child with Special Needs

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)

Bullying Prevention: Everyone's Responsibility-What Parents Can Do!

This informational workshop is designed to review Indiana’s definition of bullying for all students and school requirements for investigating and reporting bullying incidents.  Types and dynamics of bullying will be discussed as well as how parents can report suspected bullying incidents and specific steps to help their children address this issue. Special consideration will be given to the bullying of students with disabilities with resources for showing how it may be addressed in a student’s IEP or Section 504 plan.  (Suggested time:2 hours)

Communicating with Schools:  Collaborative Strategies for Positive Outcomes

A major intent of federal and state law in special education is to encourage positive working relationships between parents and schools. The use of effective communication techniques can enhance collaborative relationships and minimize conflict.  This presentation will address building positive relationships between parents and schools, verbal and nonverbal communication, types of communicators and strategies for building communication skills. (Suggested time: 1.5 hours)

School 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)

Special Education and Section 504:  A Comparison

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)

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 Individual Educational Program (IEP)

An individualized education program (IEP) is a written document, developed by the case conference committee, that describes how a student will access the general education curriculum and the special education and related services needed to participate in the educational environment. This presentation will provide an overview of the components of the IEP and emphasizes parent involvement in the development of the IEP for their child. (Suggested time: 1.5 hours)

Preparing for Your Child's Special Education Case Conference (1 hour)

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 hrs.)

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)

Resolving Disagreements between Parents and Schools: Dispute Resolution in Special Education

Sometimes parents and schools can't agree on eligibility, appropriate services, accommodations, or other issues regarding a child's Individualized Education Program (IEP). One of the procedural safeguards for parents is a process for working through those disagreements.  This presentation will review formal and informal options that may help parents and schools resolve those disagreements.  (Suggested time: 1 hour)

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 presentation explains Section 504 as it applies to schools including referral, evaluation, eligibility, and accommodations.(Suggested time: 1 hour)

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

This training is designed to help parents feel more comfortable in the role of advocating for their child at school. Participants will learn what advocacy means, how to improve their advocacy skills, learn to use six skills for effective advocacy, and learn the importance of being organized and using clear and effective communication. (Suggested time: 1  hour) 

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)

The Special Education Process: Understanding Article 7 (1.5 hrs.)

This session covers basic information about Indiana’s special education law (Article 7) 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 how to use Article 7. Information covered includes referral and evaluation, the Individualized Education Program (IEP), placement and dispute resolution. (Suggested time: 1.5 hours)

The Special Education Process: Understanding Article 7 (2.5 hrs.)

This session is a detailed study of Indiana’s special education law (Article 7) and is designed to help parents understand the special education process, their role, and their right to participate in decision making. Participants will practice using Article 7 to find information. Topics covered include referral and evaluation, the Individualized Education Program (IEP), placement and dispute resolution. (Suggested time: 2.5 hours)

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)

The Role of the IN*SOURCE Volunteer

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 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)

Understanding the Importance of Inclusion in Education

Inclusion in special education is the education of all students, regardless of ability, in the general education setting.  Students with special needs may require special aids and services in order to be served in the general education setting. Research supports better outcomes for all students when children of all abilities are included. This training dispels myths, discusses research, and cites federal laws that support the inclusive education of children with special needs. Parents will learn how to use the principles of federal law (IDEA) to talk to their school team about inclusion. (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