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Phase I: Initial State Level Work


 

1. State applications are made available

The NPDC developed a process to assist potential states in deciding if an application for a two-year partnership with NPDC was feasible.

Purpose:

To recruit states to serve as partners to the NPDC

Procedure:

Staff member assigned as primary contact for questions from states

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2. Partner states are identified

Upon receipt, each application is reviewed by a team external to the NPDC and rated along criteria developed by the center.

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To identify which states from the applicant pool to invite to partner with the NPDC

Procedure:

Outside review panel

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3. University host makes initial contacts with state liaison

An important initial step is that contact is made with the selected state’s liaison by NPDC staff members.

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To introduce staff, describe project, set initial timetable for work between the state and NPDC

Procedure:

Telephone contact with state liaison

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4. State-wide stakeholders are assembled for Interagency Autism

A state’s Interagency Autism Planning Group (IAPG), whose primary task is to identify how the requirements of the NPDC will be meaningfully integrated into the existing infrastructure and activities of each state, is critical to shaping the NPDC partnership. Initial IAPG meetings occur within six months of the state’s acceptance of the offer to participate.

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To plan IAPG meeting, IAPG participates in developing strategic plan

Procedure:

State liaison identifies stakeholders and plans meeting;

NPDC staff assist with agenda creation and facilitation of meeting

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5. Model sites within state are identified

Potential sites within states are confirmed either during the IAPG meeting or afterwards. Two to four sites are selected to serve as demonstration sites of the NPDC model during the first year of work.

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Purpose:

To get commitment from at least three schools within the state, for teams to partner with the NPDC for one academic year

Procedure:

Each team includes a coach, plus other team members with direct student contact (e.g., teachers, related service providers, paraprofessionals, psychology)

Administrators and parents have been included on teams

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