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IN*SOURCE Projects & Programs

Collaborative Parent Involvement Project

Since the 1970s, IN*SOURCE and the Indiana Department of Education, Division of Special Education, have worked together to address shared educational concerns and issues facing Indiana's students with disabilities and their families. IN*SOURCE and the Division initiated the Collaborative Parent Involvement Project (CPIP). CPIP focuses on helping parents, educators and local communities work together to address a variety of challenges. This includes transition, assistive technology and surrogate parent programs.

The project also supports ways to facilitate communication among families and various groups to promote sharing of ideas and resources and to foster the development of regional and statewide networks.

Division of Disability Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) Project

Through a partnership with the Division of Disability Rehabilitative Services, we are able to provide information and support in the following services:

  • First Steps: Provides services for infants and toddlers, ages 0-3 years, that experience developmental delays. First Steps ensures the child will receive appropriate services and resources in order to help them in the future.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation: The mission of VR is to ensure people with disabilities have the proper support and services in order to obtain or retain successful employment. It is very important for the person to feel independent and successful in his/her life and we will do whatever we can to guide them in their life journey.
  • Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services: BDDS works to ensure individuals have all the resources to live as independently as possible. Through BDDS, waiver services can be accessed.

Indiana Parent Training Program

The Indiana Parent Training Program (IPTP) is a federally funded parent-to-parent training and information project that began in 1980. By disseminating information and materials and conducting training workshops throughout Indiana, IPTP instructs parents about their rights and responsibilities in early intervention and special education processes under state and federal laws.

IPTP provides:

  • Individual assistance to parents and professionals.
  • Workshops for parents on their rights and responsibilities in early intervention and special education processes; coping skills and understanding disabilities; state and local services for individuals with disabilities.
  • Parent Support Volunteers to serve as sources of support and information to parents in their local communities.

Parents Helping Parents - a Regional Approach

IN*SOURCE believes in the value of parents helping parents.Once trained, parent work directly with other parents to provide special education information and support. When someone is able to identify with and relate to the needs of parents seeking information, the outcome is more positive on parents' confidence.

IN*SOURCE currently has staff and volunteers statewide. We believe that parents working with each other in the community where they live is an effective means of service.