About Us

Welcome to the Independent Facilitator Training Academy (IFTA) – your partner and friend in the journey of empowerment and advocacy for individuals with disabilities. At the heart of IFTA is Rosie Lasca, a beacon of dedication in the realms of self-determination and autism advocacy. With over 14 years of leadership and training in Disability Advocacy and more than 5 years in crafting independent facilitators, Rosie and our team are here to uplift and educate.

Our core goal is to equip Independent Facilitators, self-advocates, parents, families, and professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to be champions of change. Whether you're stepping into the world of advocacy or seeking to deepen your impact, we're here to support your journey towards helping individuals with developmental or physical challenges realize their fullest potential.

IFTA is more than a training academy; it's a community where diversity is celebrated, and learning is tailored to fit your life. Our online courses are available anytime, ensuring you can grow at your pace, from the comfort of your home. Engage with our trainers and fellow learners through interactive discussions, building connections that enrich your learning experience.

But we don't stop at online learning. Our suite of resources, including one-on-one coaching and exclusive membership benefits, are designed to support your path to becoming a confident and effective Independent Facilitator. From live Q&A sessions to practical workshops, we're here to ensure you have access to the guidance and tools you need.

Embracing the latest in technology, IFTA delivers a seamless and engaging learning experience, ensuring you're always connected to the best practices and innovative strategies in disability advocacy.

Guided by Rosie Lasca's expertise, grounded in her academic background from UCLA and her unwavering commitment to advocacy, our team is dedicated to your growth. We're not just training facilitators; we're nurturing leaders, advocates, and champions for change.

Join us at IFTA, where knowledge meets empowerment, and support is always within reach. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities, one step at a time.


At IFTA, founded by Rosie Lasca, our mission is simple yet powerful: to empower independent facilitators, professionals, parent advocates, and disability advocates with the knowledge and tools they need to make a real difference. We offer training that's clear, practical, and designed to fit into your life, helping you support individuals with disabilities to chase their dreams and achieve their full potential. We're all about building a community where everyone, especially parents fighting for their children's futures, can learn, share, and grow together. By uniting our strengths and compassion, we aim to champion the rights and aspirations of people with disabilities everywhere. Join us on this journey of empowerment and advocacy, and let's make a lasting impact together.


At IFTA, we dream big. We want to be the top place for learning how to help people with disabilities live the lives they dream of. Our goal is to teach people, especially parents and professionals, the best ways to support those with disabilities to follow their dreams and live great lives.

We imagine a world where everyone with a disability gets to decide how they want to live their life. They should have the power to choose for themselves and have all the support they need to make those dreams come true. To make this happen, we work hard to give the best and easiest-to-understand training and tools. We're always looking to make our training even better, use new technology, and work with others who can help us do more.

We believe everyone should be able to lead their own life, no matter what challenges they face. We're here to train a new group of caring and caring helpers – like independent facilitators, self-advocates-people who speak up for themselves, parents who advocate for their children, and professionals who fight for people with disabilities. IFTA wants to help people with disabilities and their families, build a world where everyone feels valued and included.