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Become a Certified ISA Instructor The Center for Integrated Self-Advocacy

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Become a Specialist! Learn the skills that will uniquely enable you to support those with disabilities in the area of self-advocacy and to train your co-workers.

Being able to self-advocate is ESSENTIAL for those with disabilities in order for them to have a voice in their own life – in a variety of life contexts. If you work in an organization that is striving to create programs guided by the principles of self-determination, you’ve turned to the right resource. Certification as an ISA Instructor makes known to the public those professionals who have completed all course and requirements, followed by a rigorous certification exam – all online. It also makes known those who are authorized to provide training, using the ISA certification marks, to others who support individuals with disabilities in the ISA Instructor’s same place of employment (school, agency, residential, employment, university or community settings). Finally, certification demonstrates that the certificant has agreed to adhere to important principles of person-centeredness and self-determination and to do so with standards of practice that preserve and support the dignity and ever-growing autonomy of the people with disabilities they support.

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Courses In Program
Course Name Course Description

EDU 1501: Integrated Self-Advocacy I


The first course offers learners an introduction to the basic components of the Integrated Self-Advocacy ISA® program. The course will first focus on the three steps of self-advocacy, including the important consideration of self-disclosure of disability/conditions. In the second and third modules, several topics will be discussed such as the 3 indicators of self-advocacy skill development, the 5 arenas of self-advocacy, universal design for learning, advocacy scripts, and the disability community and the various perspectives and stakeholder groups within this community. In the subsequent two modules, focus will be devoted to developing and using the ISA Sensory Scan™, the ISA Social Scan™to support individuals in scanning environments for sensory/social needs or accommodations, followed by development of advocacy plans to address these needs and accommodations. The course ends with an analysis on how to support individuals in identifying and cultivating their strengths and interests, as well as tap into their abilities as a method of self-advocacy. Throughout the course, additional information on supplemental materials (ISA textbooks and student workbooks) for instructional use in classroom, agency, organizational, or home settings will be provided.


EDU 1502: Integrated Self-Advocacy II


This course begins by offering insights into the significance of role models in supporting positive self-identification and self- awareness as a person with a disability. The course moves on to introduce learners to the importance of supporting individuals with disabilities in developing media literacy. In the third and fourth modules, tools and strategies for supporting school-aged individuals with disabilities in understanding the IEP process as well as adults with disabilities in understanding the Adult Services Plan, will be explored. The next module introduces learners to the basic tenets of the Americans with Disabilities Act and provides strategies for supporting individuals with disabilities in understanding their important rights. In the concluding module, learners will examine the ISA Portfolio and how to support individuals in developing their personal portfolios of individualized self-advocacy strategies and resources. Also, information on ISA resources (publications, workbooks, etc.) that can utilized to support individuals with disabilities in developing self-advocacy skills will be provided all through the course.


EDU 1503 Integrated Self-Advocacy Certificate


The ISA Certificate course equips learners with the tools to become ISA trainers in their own place of employment. The course starts by offering an overview of ISA certification requirements and how they can be fulfilled by completion of all activities and assignments (with passing scores) covered in the online certification course. Following this, learners are provided with a thorough introduction to the ISA Indicators and Skills Assessment Survey, which offers qualitative and quantitative data that in turn is utilized to develop individualized self-advocacy learning programs. The second and third modules expand upon the basic tools and strategies of the ISA Sensory Scan™ and the ISA Social Scan™ by examining additional sensory pre-teaching tools and assessments that cover Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), as well as development of Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) using Sensory and Social Scan data. As the ISA Certification course begins to wrap up, learners will take a closer look at key aspects and activities of becoming ISA Certified Trainers and will be asked to consider important points of providing training to others in their organizations, including shaping training to reach a target audience, creating an organizational ISA Strategic Plan, tapping into ISA tools for training others and implementing the ISA curriculum, and reviewing the ISA Professional Ethics and the Licensing Rules and Limitations for certified trainers.

Certification Standards

ISA certification is the gold-standard in disability support education. In addition to the minimum admissions requirements, participants are also required to meet the following:

  • 30 hours of ISA training, which may be completed through the ISA online ProSeries and Certification courses.
  • Completion and development and explication of an ISA Portfolio
  • Completion, with a passing score, of the online ISA Certification Exam
  • Agreement to the Code of Ethics for ISA Practitioners
  • Agreement to ISA licensing and scope and limitations of training provision

Admissions Requirements

All ISA certified Instructors must demonstrate knowledge and expertise through a final exam. The exam is open book, featuring a variety of multiple choice, true-false, and rigorous short essay questions that assess understanding of the key concepts, philosophies, and practices of ISA and its foundation in self-advocacy and self-determination. The exam is timed and takes up to two (2) hours to complete.

Statement of Code of Ethical Practice

Once all training, practicum and exam requirements have been successfully completed, ISA Certified Instructors must review and agree to the ISA Professional Code of Ethical Conduct including: upholding the principles and standards of person-centeredness and self-determination, practicing ethical conduct toward students, and ensuring ethical conduct in implementation and performance.

Reporting and Licensing Agreement

ISA Certified Instructors will also be asked to review and sign a Reporting and Licensing Agreement which details requirements for reporting training and instructional activity as well as the legal expectations and limitations regarding the use of all registered trademarks, copyrighted materials, or other ISA owned property. The ISA organization will continue to reasonably monitor the activities performed by individuals pursuant to ISA certification to ensure compliance with its standards.

Maintaining Certification

ISA Certified Instructors are required to train staff within their organizations a minimum of four (4) hours annually. Additionally, Certified Instructors must complete at least six (6) hours of follow up training every two (2) years to maintain a valid certification. A variety of online training options, as well as reporting protocols, will be provided by ISA to help make certification upkeep simple and effective.

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