Meet the Founder
Rosie Lasca is a highly accomplished and passionate advocate for self-determination. With over 14 years of experience as a leader and trainer, she has established herself as an expert in independent facilitator training. Ms. Lasca is the founder of the Independent Facilitator Training Academy (IFTA), which provides comprehensive training and certification in the field of independent facilitation. Her goal is to empower trainee independent facilitators to establish their own successful businesses while helping Self-Determination participants achieve their hopes and dreams.
Ms. Lasca holds a degree in Communication, Social Science Behaviors, and a minor in Disability Studies from UCLA. She has conducted extensive research on echolalia, a communication method used by nonverbal children with autism, and has proposed innovative ways to integrate body language to express specific needs.
As a business owner, Ms. Lasca is well-versed in running a successful business and has worked closely with civil judges, where she has gained valuable insights into legal resolution strategies. She is also an expert in employee law and can provide guidance on employment issues such as sexual harassment, contracts, discrimination, and various other workplace disputes.
Ms. Lasca's dedication to self-determination is deeply personal. As a proud mother of a wonderful 17-year-old young man, she understands the importance of giving people with disabilities a voice to choose what is best for them. She has been featured in the media numerous times, including on Telemundo and Univision, where she discusses resources for families. Her expertise has also taken her abroad, representing the United States on Self-Determination at the International Conference for the Rights of Education of Persons with Disabilities from Asian Countries.
Through her work with IFTA and her extensive knowledge in resources and services for individuals with developmental and Intellectual disabilities, Ms. Lasca has become a prominent figure in the self-determination and developmental disability communities. Her motto is to help people by empowering voices, igniting dreams: Advocating for self-determination with expertise, passion, and heart.