About Us

Welcome to the Independent Facilitator Training Academy (IFTA)! IFTA was founded by Rosie Lasca, a passionate advocate for self-determination and autism, with over 14 years of experience as a leader and trainer in the field of Disability Advocacy and over 5 years in independent facilitation training. Our mission is to empower trainee Independent Facilitators, self-advocates, parents, family, and professionals to establish their increase their knowledge as advocates and Independent Facilitators while helping self-determination participants, regional center consumers, and individuals facing developmental or physical disabilities achieve their hopes and dreams.
Our comprehensive training programs are designed for both new and experienced Independent Facilitators, self-advocates, parents, families, professionals, and Service Coordinators. We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of services to support individuals with all disabilities, with a focus on regional center consumers.

At IFTA, we understand the importance of flexibility in learning. That's why we offer prerecorded training courses that you can access 24/7, allowing you to learn at your own pace and in the comfort of your home. Our interactive comment sections enable students to ask questions and engage in discussions with our trainers and fellow learners, fostering a sense of community and peer-to-peer support.

In addition to our online courses, we offer a variety of resources to help you succeed as an Independent Facilitator. Our one-on-one coaching sessions provide personalized guidance from experienced facilitators, while our membership programs grant access to exclusive content, live Q&A sessions, and hands-on practice meetings.

As a tech-savvy organization, we utilize cutting-edge technology and platforms to deliver our training and support services, ensuring our clients and students receive the best possible learning experience.

Under the guidance of Rosie Lasca, who holds a degree in Communication, Social Science Behaviors, and a minor in Disability Studies from UCLA, our dedicated team of trainers and support staff are committed to helping you connect with your inner strengths and become the effective Independent Facilitator you aspire to be.

Join the IFTA family today and put knowledge, confidence, and support at your fingertips.


The mission of the Independent Facilitator Training Academy (IFTA) is to empower and equip aspiring and experienced independent facilitators and Disability Advocates with comprehensive, accessible, and innovative training programs that enable them to effectively support individuals with disabilities in achieving their hopes, dreams, and highest potential through self-determination. By fostering a community of skilled and compassionate professionals, IFTA aims to become the leader in Independent Facilitator training and Disability Advocate Education, championing the rights and aspirations of people with disabilities worldwide.


At the Independent Facilitator Training Academy (IFTA), our vision is to be the leader in Independent Facilitator training and Disability Advocate Education. We strive to empower individuals and professionals to deliver the highest quality services and support, enabling people with disabilities to achieve their dreams and live their best possible lives.

We envision a world where self-determination is the norm for people with disabilities, where everyone has the opportunity to make informed choices about their lives and receive the necessary support to realize their goals. To achieve this, we are committed to providing comprehensive, accessible, and up-to-date training and resources that foster the growth and development of skilled Independent Facilitators and Disability Advocates.

As we continue to grow and expand our reach, we remain dedicated to refining our offerings, embracing innovative technologies, and collaborating with strategic partners to ensure our clients and students receive the best possible education and support. We are guided by the principle that everyone, regardless of their abilities, has the right to shape their own lives and thrive in their communities.

By empowering a new generation of compassionate and knowledgeable Independent Facilitators, Self-Advocates, Parent-Advocates, and Disability Advocate professionals IFTA seeks to create lasting, positive change in the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families, ultimately fostering a more inclusive and equitable society for all.