Welcome to IN*SOURCE -
The Indiana Resource Center
for Special Needs
Since 1975, the Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs or IN*SOURCE has provided service to Indiana's families of infants, toddlers, children, youth and young adults with disabilities.
IN*SOURCE is a parent organization. Through the work and dedication of the Board of Directors, the staff and many volunteers, virtually all of whom are parents of persons with disabilities, IN*SOURCE, utilizing a proven parent to parent model, has provided quality assistance and support services and educational resources to the community of individuals and organizations that serve and support persons with disabilities. We have worked to help countless families confront the complexities and what are often the challenges of having a loved one with special needs.
IN*SOURCE celebrates the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities and their families and we affirm our ongoing commitment to them.
N*SOURCE offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. We wish all of you a happy holiday.
150 Years and 150,000 Cheers
To celebrate our 150th anniversary, 1st Source Bank is giving away money to charitable organizations. Big money! 150 $1,000 donations plus two $15,000 donations! Get involved - nominate your favorite not-for-profit. Use this form to give us a brief description of the organization and why they deserve the money. Nominations can be submitted at any 1st Source location now through November 30. Charities will be selected on the quantity and quality of entries received. $1,000 recipients will be selected and announced weekly and two $15,000 recipients will be selected from all entries received and announced the week of December 14, 2013. Click here for complete rules.
1st Source Bank is celebrating its 150 year anniversary of service to our area by offering weekly $1,000 prizes and two $15,000 prizes to area not-for-profit organizations. Award recipients will be selected based on the number of nominations received and the quality of those nominations, I.e., how IN*SOURCE helped you at a case conference, answered questions about your rights and responsibilites, etc. If you are willing, we would greatly appreciate you taking a few minutes and completing the nomination entry. Any prize we might win will be a great help to our organization, and we will be very grateful for your support. Nominations must be hand-delivered to any 1st Source Bank by November 30th. You are welcome to drop off your nomination to a 1st Source Bank in your area or send them to IN*SOURCE, 1703 South Ironwood Drive, South Bend, IN 46613, and we will deliver them to the bank.
- Do you know of students who are struggling with the decision over whether to pursue a diploma or certificate of completion?
- Do you know students and families who seem to be postponing the decision until it’s really too late?
- Do you need a resource that can help students, families and case conference teams work through the diploma or certificate conversation?
The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, in partnership with IN*SOURCE, has published a new resource page on the INSTRC website. The page features video of an Indiana middle school student and his mother discussing the importance of beginning the diploma or certificate conversation early. A second video showcases a mother and her 19-year-old daughter, who graduated with a certificate of completion. They talk about their decision and subsequent transition experiences. Accompanying resources on the page take viewers to Indiana Department of Eduation documents on the various diplomas and requirements and other information students and parents may need to make the decision. Take a look here at Diploma or Certificate.
Bullying Prevention: Everyone's
Responsibility-What Parents Can Do
Did you know that more than 160,000 students
home each day because they're scared of being bullied?
IN*SOURCE is partnering with the National Bullying Prevention Center in offering bullying prevention workshops to parents throughout Indiana. Please visit our website for a complete listing of these trainings.
For more information about PACER Center's National Bullying Prevention Center, visit their website at http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/.
The Indiana Youth Leadership Forum
The Indiana Youth Leadership Forum (INYLF), which is funded through the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities and put on by the Autism Society of Indiana, is a 5-day leadership training program in which entering 11th and 12th graders, ages 16-22, with various disabilities come together on the IUPUI campus to further develop the necessary skills to become better leaders in their own lives and in their communities. The student delegates will participate in career development activities, a visit to the state capital and hear from successful professionals in the disability community. The Forum is July 21-25, 2014, but the application deadline is in December. This is a very unique opportunity for youth with disabilities to learn leadership skills. For more information, see the document links below..
Students with Disabilities & the Juvenile Justice
System: What Parents Need to Know (2013)
“Students with Disabilities & the Juvenile Justice System: What Parents Need to Know” is a report from PACER Center on students with disabilities in the juvenile justice system. Youth with emotional, behavioral, learning, and cognitive disabilities are at a higher risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system, and are arrested and incarcerated at a higher rate than their non-disabled peers. Designed for parents of youth with disabilities who have already had contact with the juvenile justice system, this guide provides strategies and steps parents can use to protect their child’s rights in school and in court. It can be ordered by phone at (952) 838-9000 or (800) 537-2237 (order item JJ-8) or is available in pdf (1.0 MB, 16 pp) http://www.pacer.org/jj/pdf/JJ-8.pdf.
Listen to the IN*SOURCE podcast
Connect with Other Parents on Facebook
Connect with other parents through the IN*SOURCE Facebook Group. Weigh in on timely discussions, post comments on disability issues or ask other parents for assistance at the new IN*SOURCE Facebook Group.
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