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Autism and Low Incidence Support

NIA Autism and Low Incidence Support Team

The NIA Autism and Low Incidence Team supports students with autism spectrum disorder, cognitive disabilities, and other related challenges by empowering local teams to make informed decisions and implement programming that will meet the unique needs of each student.


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Technical Assistance

  • Provide on-site consultation with local team, including families
  • Provide resources and answer questions based on current research in the field
  • Develop action plan and identify priorities with team for student programming
  • Build capacity in local team to support students with ASD, cognitive disabilities, or other related challenges
  • Preview and provide resources, visual supports, and information on programming with on-site team
  • Consult on assistive technology with a focus on communication and fine motor needs
  • Assist team to identify outside resources for school or family when needed
  • Provide staff development on request, such as make and takes, family night presentations, or training for staff

Who We Are

The NIA Autism and Low Incidence Support Team is comprised of SLPs and OTs with extensive training in autism and other disabilities. The team has a combined 35 years of experience in supporting students in a variety of settings.

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Autism and Technical Assistance Contacts

Cindy Poegel, MA, CCC-SLP/L
Program Supervisor
245 W. Exchange St., Suite 4
Sycamore, IL 60178
(779) 248-1869
Email Cindy
Brittney Carter
Office Professional
245 W. Exchange Street, Ste 4
Sycamore, IL 60178
(779) 248-1785
Email Brittney

Additional Resources

(Autism Resource Library

  • Available to any staff, family, or community member in the NIA region
  • Over 800 books, videos, journals, and curriculum materials
  • Located at the NIA Sycamore Office, 245 W Exchange Street, Suite 4, Sycamore, IL 60178, (779) 248-1785
  • Request materials by contacting or (779) 248-1785

Find us in Northwestern Illinois

4 Office Locations

  • Sycamore
  • Rockford
  • St. Charles
  • Sterling

5 Hearing Clinic Locations

  • Aurora
  • St. Charles
  • Rockford
  • Sterling