Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education (ICASE)

2346 S. Lynhurst Drive, Suite D101
Indianapolis, IN 46241
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FAX: (317)481-1825

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Call for Presentations!  October 4-6, 2017

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8670 W State Road 56 ~ French Lick, IN 47432

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Welcome to the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education Website!

It is my honor to serve as ICASE President for the 2016/2017 school year. Our organization has been the constant voice at the table advocating for our students with special needs. We provide support and professional development for all administrators and supervisors coordinating services for students with special needs. I encourage all of you to become members of ICASE. I believe being a member is an important piece of being an effective leader in the field of Special Education.

I encourage all of our members to become involved with our committees working at the state level as well as the federal level to affect positive outcomes for our students. We have a nationally recognized Governmental Affairs Committee that works tirelessly to advocate for policies that will improve the outcomes for our students. We have a Professional Development Committee whose main purpose is to ensure all professionals working with and for students with special needs have access to the professional development opportunities necessary to provide quality services for our students. Our Membership Committee supports our members and provides for communication between members and the leadership of the organization.

I am especially proud of our Roundtables. They meet monthly according to region. This is the place for Directors and Supervisors to hear the latest information from IDOE, current information regarding state and federal policy, and the latest professional development opportunities. This group also provides members with the opportunity to share ideas with other members and learn from each other. I know I would not be able to effectively do my job without my Northeast Roundtable. I have heard others express similar sentiments throughout the state. If you have not been attending your Roundtable meetings, I highly recommend that you add them to your calendar and make the time to attend.

I wish all of you a great year! Thank you to our members for all the support you have given me over the years as well as the support you continue to give each other. I look forward to seeing all of you at Fall and Spring ICASE.

Mary Burton, ICASE President 2016-2017

ICASE Presidential Scholarship

For more than 50 years, the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education (ICASE) members has worked tirelessly on improving the lives of students with disabilities. The mission of ICASE is to serve, support and represent special education administrators in Indiana in order to provide high impact learning opportunities for all students. One goal of ICASE is to build capacity among its members and continue to develop future leaders in special education.

To do this, ICASE annually awards its $1000.00 Presidential Scholarship to an individual who is interested in becoming an administrator in special education. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be nominated by a current special education director, supervisor and must be accepted or enrolled in a special education licensing program.

Click Here to Download the Scholarship Application

Application Submission:
Submit completed application to Liza Bates at

Deadline for submission is January 1, 2018

2017 ICASE Presidential Scholarship Award Winners

 Lindsay Dietrich Wolf

Lindsay completed her undergraduate work in Special Education at Wittenburg University in Springfield, Ohio.  She continued her education with a Masters degree from Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne, in Educational Leadership.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Special Education and completing the director of Exceptional Needs program at Ball State University.

Lindsay began her teaching career at Norwell High School as a Mild Disabilities teacher and then moved to Homestead High School where she is serving as the Chairperson of Special Education Department.  Lindsay has been an active and integral member of the Northeast Transition Cadre since its inception.  She is a participating member of the IEP Resource Center Behavior Workgroup.  She has authored and co-authored many works and presents frequently in Fort Wayne and around the state.  Lindsay was recommended for the ICASE Presidential Scholarship by Parker Grider, Principal of Homestead High School and Roxanne May, Director of Special Education for Southwest Allen County Schools. Congratulations to Lindsay for receiving one of the 2017 Presidential Scholarships.


Rob Richards

My career of working with individuals with disabilities began in 1997 while serving as a Rehabilitation Instructor for Cardinal Center Inc., which provides basic level group homes for adults with significant cognitive and/or physical impairments.  After completing my bachelor's degree in education at Indiana University South Bend in 2000, I began my career as a mild disabilities teacher at LaVille Elementary (Union-North United School Corporation) in Lakeville, Indiana, where I spent the next 15 years.  During that time, I earned my master's degree from Indiana University in 2005, with a focus on Seriously-Emotionally Handicaps.  I am currently completing my final semester (internship) at Ball State University for my Director of Exceptional Needs license.  I am in my second year serving as the Outreach Director for the J.E.S.S.E. cooperative in Plymouth, Indiana, which partners with nine school corporations.  I am a certified instructor for the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI).  A fun fact about myself is that I'm a member of the 501st Legion, which is the largest international Star Wars costuming organization, recognized and approved by the Walt Disney World Corporation and Lucas Films Limited.  I serve as a Stormtrooper, and we do charity and volunteer work for several organizations including the Children's Miracle Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and many organizations that support individuals with disabilities.  All of our costumes are movie screen accurate and represent the world of Star Wars, bringing joy and smiles to thousands of kids and adults per year.  

I was recommended for the ICASE Presidential Scholarship by the J.E.S.S.E. Executive Director, Linda Holland and Dr. Michael Harvey from Ball State University. 

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The Mission of the Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc. is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices which impact the quality of education. 

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