San Diego, CA, November 22, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The International Association for Life Quality (IALQ), an initiative of the Training, Education & Research Institute (TERI), is proud to offer the world’s first specialization coursework designed to train professionals to work as Special Needs Life Quality Coaches™. Prospective coaches complete a rigorous, 16-week online experiential learning course that opens the doors to an entirely new career opportunity. Individuals are taught to become experts in supporting persons with autism and other developmental and learning disabilities and their families so clients can achieve their personal goals and dreams and lead fulfilling lives.
The Special Needs Life Quality Coaching curriculum was designed by Dr. Krysti DeZonia, TERI, Inc. director of education and research, IALQ co-founder and executive director, UCSD instructor, renowned speaker, researcher, author and consultant, and the parent of a son with profound and multiple disabilities. Backed by TERI’s 30 years of experience supporting children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities and their families, the Special Needs Life Quality Coaching curriculum builds on the non-profit agency’s efforts to help this population achieve happiness, hope and belonging through a new level of care and lifespan support never before available in the field.
“With the explosion in the number of children diagnosed with autism and other learning and developmental disabilities, the need for additional family support has increased significantly,” said Dr. DeZonia. “Most families cannot negotiate the service system and achieve their personal goals without access to certified Special Needs Life Quality Coaches who can offer the support, motivation, resources and knowledge that are necessary for persons with special needs and their families. In the current economic climate, many professionals are seeking additional income or a change to a higher paying career. The Special Needs Life Quality Coaching classes offer the education and opportunities to explore a new career, while providing life-changing support.”
Registration is now open for 2011 classes, beginning January 31, 2011. Registration closes on January 19, 2011. Families, professionals and other interested individuals are invited to call (760) 721-1706 or visit http://www.ialq.org/life-span-services/ to learn more about Special Needs Life Quality Coaching classes and view a free Webinar. Individuals interested in learning more about TERI’s lifespan support services may visit http://www.teriinc.org.
About International Association for Life Quality:
Established in 2009 to share what TERI has learned about lifespan quality over the past 30 years, the International Association for Life Quality (IALQ) is a model for lifelong support for those with special needs and their families. IALQ educates, establishes and advocates for programs and services that focus on quality of life for persons with developmental and learning disabilities and their families. IALQ offers Special Needs Life Quality Plans and a Special Needs Life Quality Coach™ curriculum, two more TERI initiatives designed to enhance the range of supports available to this population. For more information, call (760) 721-1706 or visit http://www.ialq.org/life-span-services/.