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ISA® Online Courses

isa logosHeaded by renowned curriculum specialist, Dr. Valerie Paradiz, the Center for Integrated Self-Advocacy is a center for training educators, therapists, adult service providers, employers and families who support self-advocacy for those with autism and other cognitive, sensory, social, communication or mobility differences.

If you work in an agency that strives to support skills development in self-advocacy guided by the principles of self-determination, you’ve turned to the right resource. If your school needs an effective, organized method for developing person-centered IEP self-advocacy goals or transition plans, or if you’re a teacher or therapist looking for a curriculum that provides lessons and activities in developing greater autonomy in self-regulation and self-advocacy, ISA® is for you.

All courses address support to ALL disability populations, and provide curricula for addressing National Common Core Teaching Standards, self-advocacy skills assessment, transition planning, IEP, and Adult Services goal development. Have questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 1855HOULTON to learn about enrollment.

How Does the Course Benefit You?

    • Support students with disabilities K-21 with evidence-based curricula and assessments
    • Teach self-advocacy ability with materials designed for a broad range of cognitive processing and learning styles
    • Assess students’ functional skill level, progress and outcomes in five self-advocacy skill areas, including:
      • Environmental/sensory
      • Social
      • Disclosure
      • Strengths and interests
      • Civil rights and entitlements
    • Develop IEP goals for self-advocacy ability, including an individualized learning plan using the ISA curriculum
    • Support students with IEPs and 504 plans
    • Implement tools that are data driven to assist students with disabilities in developing advocacy plans to address accommodations and self-regulation more independently
    • Assist students in learning how to use the ISA Sensory and Social Scans™, so that they may learn about their sensory and social needs and preferences, and advocate for them
    • Support students in developing individualized Self-Advocacy Portfolios that can be shared across settings
    • Use the ISA® curriculum and assessments to develop a person-centered transition plan and self-advocacy portfolio
    • Address challenging behavior by teaching self-advocacy as a replacement behavior
    • Teach to national common core standards while supporting self-advocacy learning
    • Support transition aged students and adults with disabilities with evidence-based tools that are relevant to residential, employment, and community settings
    • Support self-advocacy ability with materials designed for a broad range of cognitive processing and learning styles
    • Assess individuals’ functional skill level, progress and outcomes in five self-advocacy skill areas, including:
      • Environmental/sensory
      • Social
      • Disclosure
      • Strengths and interests
      • Civil rights and entitlements
    • Develop and measure adult services goals for self-advocacy ability
    • Implement tools that are evidence-based to assist individuals with disabilities in developing advocacy plans to address accommodations and self-regulation more independently
    • Assist individuals in learning how to use the ISA® Sensory and Social Scans™, so that they may learn about their sensory and social needs and preferences, and advocate for them
    • Support individuals in developing individualized Self-Advocacy Portfolios that can be shared across settings
    • Use the ISA® curriculum and assessments to ensure a person-centered approach based upon principles of self-determination in adult support settings
    • Support people with disabilities of all ages with structured, evidence-based activities in group or individual counseling settings, including social skills and peer support groups
    • Assess individuals’ functional skill level, progress and outcomes in five self-advocacy skill areas, including:
      • Environmental/sensory
      • Social
      • Disclosure
      • Strengths and interests
      • Civil rights and entitlements
    • Develop and measure goals for self-advocacy ability
    • Assist individuals in learning how to use the ISA® Sensory and Social Scans™, so that they may understand their sensory and social needs and preferences, and advocate for them
    • Address challenging behavior by teaching self-advocacy as a replacement behavior
    • Support individuals with disabilities of all ages with evidence-based curricula and assessments
    • Teach self-advocacy ability with materials designed for a broad range of cognitive processing and learning styles
    • Assess individuals’ functional skill level, progress and outcomes in sensory, regulatory, and environmental self advocacy
    • Assist individuals in learning how to use the ISA® Sensory and Social Scans™, so that they may understand their sensory and social needs and preferences, and advocate for them
    • Support individuals in developing individualized Self-Advocacy Portfolios that can be shared across settings
    • Address sensory and regulatory differences that result in challenging behavior, by teaching self-advocacy as a replacement behavior to assist regulation, comfort, and greater integration
    • Support individuals with disabilities of all ages with evidence-based curricula and assessments
    • Teach self-advocacy ability with materials designed for a broad range of cognitive processing and learning styles
    • Assess individuals’ functional skill level, progress and outcomes in social and communication self-advocacy
    • Develop and measure IEP or adult services goals for self-advocacy ability
    • Assist individuals in learning how to use the ISA Social Scans™, so that they may understand their social/communication needs and preferences, and advocate for them
    • Support students in developing individualized Self-Advocacy Portfolios that can be shared across settings
    • Address social/communication differences that result in challenging behavior by teaching self-advocacy as a replacement behavior to increase communication and promote greater integration
    • Support students with disabilities with evidence-based tools and assessment that are relevant to campus and dorm life
    • Support self-advocacy ability with materials designed for a broad range of cognitive processing and learning styles
    • Assess students’ functional skill levels in five self-advocacy skill areas to document and meet ADA requirements:
      • Environmental/sensory
      • Social
      • Disclosure
      • Strengths and interests
      • Civil rights and entitlements
    • Develop targeted accommodations with students, based upon assessment outcomes
    • Provide tools that are evidence-based to assist individuals with disabilities in developing advocacy plans, to address accommodations more independently on campus and in the dorms
    • Provide structured activities for Disability or Diversity Clubs
    • Assist students in learning how to use the ISA® Sensory and Social Scans™, so that they may learn about their sensory and social needs and preferences, and advocate for them
    • Use the ISA® model to develop individualized Self-Advocacy Portfolios with students
    • Use the ISA® activities and assessments to ensure a person-centered approach based upon principles of self-determination
    • Support family members with disabilities with evidence-based activities and assessments
    • Teach self-advocacy ability with materials designed for a broad range of cognitive processing and learning styles
    • Understand an individual’s functional skill level, progress and outcomes in five self-advocacy skill areas, including:
      • Environmental/sensory
      • Social
      • Disclosure
      • Strengths and interests
      • Civil rights and entitlements
    • Develop talking points and suggested goals for IEP or adult services meetings
    • Learn to use tools that help your child or relative with a disability in developing advocacy plans to address accommodations and self-regulation more independently
    • Assist a child or adult in learning how to use the ISA® Sensory and Social Scans™, so that they may learn about their sensory, regulatory and social needs and preferences, and advocate for them
    • Create a Self-Advocacy Portfolio that can be shared across settings at school, faith-based settings, job sites, and residential settings
    • Address challenging behavior by teaching self-advocacy as a replacement behavior