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Illinois Autism Partnership - Training Package

The Focus Family Support Model provides person-centered futures planning, development of and support for teams of families and individuals caring for and working with children with a disability and training for a period of 6 to 12 months.
The model is available to families through an inquiry process through school districts.

Phase I: Orientation and Person-Centered Planning

  • IAP is contracted through school districts
  • A Family Community Partner contacts the family to set up orientation meeting
  • Districts/schools are encouraged to identify a team of two or more to attend. It is recommended that at least one team member be a district representative who can assist the district with future planning and problem-solving. 
For more information to best fit your districts needs: learn more

Phase II: Team Building and Plan Development

  • The facilitator andfFamily community partner, along with the family, will contact persons identified by the family who will become part of the larger team
  • Individuals important to the family and the child  will meet to develop a structured plan of action for the team  inclduing goals, activities to be completed, who is responsible for a particular activity and due dates
  • The team decides if members need specific training to assist the family in reaching their goals.   ensuring all participants agree on a direction and that action steps toward the family goals are being taken

Phase III: Support Plan Implementation

  • Training will be based upon plans developed by the team during Phase II 
  • Approximately three 2 hour trainings and team meetings are held supporting the action plan implementation

Phase IV: 

  • Continued assistance and support is provided 
  • Follow-up continues for one month following the end of Phase III
  • Team members may call IAP to access other resources or to obtain phone consultation. 
  • Team may also decide to continue with extended training and/or support expansion 

For more information or to develop an individualized package to meet your district’s needs, please contact Sarah Smith at 312.491.4116 or

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Click here to view the Training Package brochure for Illinois Autism Partnership

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