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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.

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 order to effectively spread our message to clinicians, CRA Learning is committed to creating multiple options for engaging with our content.

CRA Podcast

CRA Learning produces a Brighter Futures Podcast. We share practical insights, tips, and meaningful discussions about helping individuals with IDD thrive in the community.

CRA Insights

Head over to our Insights Page where we post regular articles with helpful tips, resources, and practical strategies. We send out a transcript of each podcast episode in our newsletter. Our newsletter also contains resources and evidence-based strategies to support and treat individuals with IDD. Sign up today by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.

CRA Courses

CRA Learning offers engaging online and on-demand Courses packed with practical knowledge and strategies to help individuals with IDD.
Our courses and curriculum are structured to allow for an in-depth learning experience. Courses are progressive in nature. While there is no requirement to complete lower-level courses as prerequisites for latter courses, they are foundational knowledge pieces. Furthermore, our advanced courses rely on the knowledge, skills, and clinical resources provided in the introductory offerings.