ISA Certificate

Online Programs The Center for Integrated Self-Advocacy

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. ONLINE COURSES make professional development for teachers and therapists accessible, so that agencies and families may build capacity in this core aspect of service provision. 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. Have questions? Email admissions@houltoninstitute.com or call 1855HOULTON to learn about enrollment. We work with school districts too!

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A Breakdown of the 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.



Benefits For Educators…

  • 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    (back to top)

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Benefits For Agency, Voc. Rehab and Direct Support Workers…

  • 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    (back to top)

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Psychologists, MSWs, School Counselors…

  • 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    (back to top)

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Occupational and Physical Therapists…

  • 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    (back to top)

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Speech Therapists…

  • 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    (back to top)

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University Personnel and Student Services Staff…

  • 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    (back to top)

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Family Members, Mentors, and Volunteers…

  • 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    (back to top)

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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