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Instrument for the Classification and Assessment of Support Needs



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Upcoming and Recent Events

  • Version 5 facilitator training workshop October 2015 in Korea, October 2015 in Sydney, November 2015 in Singapore, contact CDS to book.
  • Stop Press! I-CAN has an article in press in the AJIDD and five articles recently published in JARID, eJHI and InPsych.
  • We gave this presentation at an Australian Sociological Association Symposium 19th June 2015 and this presentation at the IASSIDD 2014 Europe Congress Pathways to Inclusion in Vienna, Austria 14-17th July.
  • Version 5 official launch held 26th March 2014 in Sydney, with Dr Mark Bagshaw and Prof. Roger Stancliffe.
  • We presented a workshop at ASID NZ 2014 in April
  • I-CAN wins another award! Full story and photos here. Download our winning presentation

What is the I-CAN?

The I-CAN is a support needs assessment, planning and resource allocation tool designed to assess and guide support delivery for people with disabilities including people with mental health concerns.

It provides a support services and family friendly holistic assessment conceptually based upon the internationally recognized WHO ICF framework. Support services can use the I-CAN for an independent costing estimate (assisting the transition to the NDIS), and to ensure quality services, integrated with health care plans and individual or person-centred plans. Families can use the I-CAN when applying to the NDIS and to coordinate and liase with support and health professionals. Government bodies can use the I-CAN to allocate resources and predict future costs. An individual support needs report is generated online which helps guide service delivery and planning and has many potential applications.

The screenshots give a good overview, there is a recent presentation, workshop, our tri-fold brochure, our facebook page or click here for more detailed information including the history and future of the I-CAN.

The I-CAN is used in many settings, including; I-CAN Trainees at a Workshop
  • An independent needs assessment when applying to the NDIS
  • Resource allocation for individual funding
  • Intake and discharge for people with acquired disabilities such as brain injury or quadriplegia
  • Community support for people with intellectual disabilities
  • Supported living for people with mental health concerns
  • Planning for the move to community living for people leaving congregate settings
  • Assessment and classification of disability
  • Support expert evidence at legal hearings
The award-winning I-CAN has been under continuous research and development since 1998 by a team of internationally recognised researchers primarily from the University of Sydney. The I-CAN has been published in international journals, and presented at leading conferences worldwide.

Why use the I-CAN?

The I-CAN comprehensively assesses, describes and monitors an individual's support needs. Records are accurate regardless of staff turnover and improve quality outcomes. The I-CAN unites person-centred and strengths-based principles, by allowing the individual to direct their own assessment, in collaboration with their circle of support. This gives voice to their support needs, as opposed to assessments directed by professionals.

The I-CAN is at the forefront of best practice in support needs assessment, reflecting current paradigms. Easy to use on or offline, training is provided in both administration and the philosophy of support and empowerment.
  • Provide a comprehensive intake assessment or discharge report
  • Monitor support needs, outcomes and skill levels
  • Inform service delivery decision making and predict possible changing needs
  • Link together and streamline existing assessment and service delivery processes
  • Provide an adjunct to psychological testing
  • Profile supports and provide a basis for training or educative programs
  • Improve communication with and between health, mental health and disability professionals
  • Assist with funding applications
  • Secure record keeping with additional privacy levels for sensitive information
The I-CAN also has the potential to be developed much further and some of our proposed upgrades and future projects are described here.

How do I join in?

Certified Facilitators can login here. If you are interested in finding out more or want to make use of the I-CAN please contact us.

What can I do now?

Get in touch with theteam@i-can.org.au or contact CDS

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