Our Story

Who We Are & Why We’re Here

What brings us here?

It’s safe to say that none of us envision our professional careers taking the turns they have and leading us to work with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We all come from different clinical and professional backgrounds. Some of us are former hospital and healthcare administrators, direct-support staff turned administrators, residential providers, pediatric and school systems clinicians, and even outpatient orthopedic rehab clinicians. Through our varied backgrounds and experiences, we hold one common belief: that everyone, regardless of diagnosis or ability belongs in the community.

That belief led us to work on various projects around the country, assisting and helping to facilitate the transition of individuals out of state institutions and into community living situations. Our work brought us together on a large project, as consultants and advisors, helping to transition individuals out of state institutions. Through this work, we have amassed considerable knowledge and expertise, and skills and experience in the field of Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities. More importantly, we became intimately aware of the trials, struggles, and challenges clinical and support professionals have working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Specifically, we recognized the lack of available training or education resources available for these professionals. Most of the courses, seminars, and training programs aimed at helping clinicians treat individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are focused on pediatric patients. Of course, we like to say: “Do you know what happens to children when you feed them? They Grow”. These pediatric patients eventually grow to become adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And these adults require different strategies, interventions, and supports then pediatric patients.  

That led us to form CRA Learning, to share all of the practical knowledge, skills, and expertise we have developed over the years of working with this population. We’ve seen it all, and hope that our experiences, stories, and strategies can help other clinicians and support professionals feel confident, knowledgeable, and better able to serve those in their care and on their caseloads. We aim to provide clinicians and support professionals with the tools, resources, and knowledge to better serve and support those individuals in their care with a diagnoses of intellectual and developmental disabilities. We hope to advance care and professional practice by providing evidence-based training and education to licensed medical professionals, direct support staff, and provider organizations.  

At CRA Learning, we envision a world where everyone belongs in the community and where competent clinical professionals are there to help individuals with disabilities thrive.

We’d love for you to join us on this mission!

Who, What, & Why

Who We Are

CRA Learning consists of group of professionals from multiple clinical disciplines and professional walks who have found a common link and passion for serving people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).  Specifically, we have all worked extensively on multiple projects, assisting and helping to facilitate the transition of individuals out of state institutions and into community living situations. Our team is made up of various clinical disciplines (RN, OT, SLP) and professional & administrative professionals (administrators and management consultants). We have all worked closely to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have done this in both a “hands-on” capacity as well as in consulting and advisory roles. As such, we have amassed considerable knowledge and expertise, and skills and experience in the field of Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities. Our desire is to share that with others who want to learn more and share that same passion.

 

Meet the Team!

What Brought Us Together?

Through our advisory work, assisting in the transition of individuals out of state institutions, we each became aware of one glaring issue: professionals, caretakers, and family members all feel unprepared to adequately support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who may be in their care or on their caseload. Not only can this population be intimidating to work with, there also lacks any real information that clinicians and support professionals can use to better serve these individuals. Many courses, research studies, and resources are aimed at pediatric patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. However, what we all know is true: pediatric patients become adult patients over time.

Noticing this trend, we decided to come together and share all of the practical knowledge, skills, and expertise we have developed over the years of working with this population. We’ve seen it all, and hope that our experiences, stories, and strategies can help other clinicians and support professionals feel confident, knowledgeable, and better able to serve those in their care and on their caseloads.  

What Brings Us Here?

We formed CRA Learning to provide clinicians and support professionals with the tools, resources, and knowledge to better serve and support those individuals in their care with a diagnoses of intellectual and developmental disabilities. We hope to advance care and professional practice by providing evidence-based training and education to licensed medical professionals, direct support staff, and provider organizations. 

We hope you will join us on this deep-dive as we explore this body of knowledge we refer to as the field of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.  Our promise is that while the water is deep, it won’t be overwhelming, nor will the current be too swift.  But in the end, what you will experience is an exhilarating and exciting adventure.

 

Check Us Out!

In an effort to reach as many people as possible, and to spread our message to those supporting and serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, CRA Learning has committed to creating multiple options for learning from and engaging with our content.

Podcast

CRA Learning produces the Brighter Futures Podcast to share practical insights, tips, and meaningful discussions about supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live meaningful lives in the community.

Blog & Newsletter

For free, informative reads, head over to our Blog, where we post regular articles with insights, resources, and practical strategies.

We also send out a regular newsletter that contains a transcript of each podcast episode as well as resources and evidence-based strategies to better support and treat individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sign up by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.

Courses

CRA Learning offers online and on-demand Courses aimed at both providing practical knowledge and strategies as well as an engaging experience.

We have taken the time to structure our courses and curriculum in a manner that allows for an in-depth learning experience. Courses are progressive in nature and, while there is no requirement to complete lower level courses as prerequisites for latter courses, we would encourage you to consider them as foundational knowledge pieces. The latter and more advanced courses rest on the knowledge, skills, and clinical resources learned in those introductory & foundational offerings.

Check out the courses here!

 

About CRA Learning

We believe that we all got into this field because we truly want to help better the lives of those living in the community with developmental disabilities.

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