Part 1 - Disability and characteristics: Developmental Disability (DD), Intellectual and developmental disability (IDD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); Cues and clues

Learn about citizens with IDD, communication challenges, adaptive functioning, cues and clues, & communication support resources.

Part 1 - Disability and characteristics: DD, IDD, ASD; Cues and clues

This course offers basic information about

  • Definitions for Developmental Disability (DD), Intellectual Disability (ID), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);
  • Information on communication challenges;
  • IDD/Mental Illness/learning disability;
  • Adaptive functioning;
  • Pre and non-verbal communication;
  • Cues and clues; and
  • Communication support resources.

What to expect

  • Self-paced video slide-based lecture format;
  • The Arc of Aurora's THINK+change team as your trainers;
  • 1.25 hours of content;
  • Closed captioning in English; Spanish subtitles and video recorded American Sign Language interpretation;
  • Multiple downloadable TOOLS; and a
  • Downloadable Certificate of Completion provided by email once the course is completed.

Who should take this course

  • Law enforcement agency personnel; and
  • Victim advocacy professionals.

Special note

This training series was hosted in 2020 and 2021 in partnership with the Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice, through the Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado Department of Public Safety on how to best support and interact with victims with developmental disabilities. It was pre-recorded for that targeted audience, and so you will hear us mention the dates 2020 and 2021 during this training. Please disregard this information. We will also speak of mailing TOOLS called Communication Quick Tips and an Every Victim Matters Poster - these mailings were specific to that audience as well. However, you do have the option to order these tangible tools from us for yourself and/or your team.


Due to the varying requirements of different organizations and disciplines, THINK+change does not seek prior accreditation of educational courses for CLE/CEUs. Please consult the rules of your organization regarding the procedures of receiving continuing education credits. This course may qualify for up to 1.25 hours of CLE/CEU. The full 4-part training totals 5 hours of online training. You will also receive a digital certificate verifying your completion of each course. If you require further verification or have other questions, please contact us.

This project is supported by federal grants 2017-VA-GX-0037 and 2018-V2-GX-0050, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice, through the Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado Department of Public Safety.

Your Instructor

THINK+change Team
THINK+change Team

THINK+change offers solutions-focused training and education that change knowledge, attitude, and behavior to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). THINK+change is a training and education program of The Arc of Aurora which was incorporated in 1975 as an advocacy organization for people with IDD. Since the inception of THINK+change in 2017, the education program has been a trailblazer in disability education and has trained and brought together thousands of people with IDD, their families, and the professionals in their lives who want to keep up with trends and developments in the disability field and grow professionally. All people with disabilities deserve respect and deserve better.

Course Curriculum

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