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  • FINDER Indiana Disability Resource

    Welcome to Indiana Disability Resource FINDER. Explore our directory of services, programs and helpful articles for the disability community. Follow our step-by-step guide to find the right information. You can narrow your search by continuing to choose additional options as they are displayed. Click here to watch the video introduction.

    ABOUT FINDER - A single source, a world of possibilities.

    Developed in 2018 through an initiative funded by AWS Foundation, FINDER gives people living with disabilities 24/7 access to a comprehensive range of community resources designed to improve their quality of life.

    Service providers, community advocates, and medical professionals regularly contribute to FINDER, keeping the information current, relevant and practical. Participation is voluntary, and new information is added regularly. If you notice a resource that benefits the disability community is missing from the site, please contact us. 

    FINDER supports the right for people of all abilities to freely choose how they wish to live their lives to the fullest. It does not rate or endorse programs, services or organizations. It is up to each individual to decide if a resource fits their unique needs.

    Our website is Contact us by email at With your help, FINDER will continue to grow and improve.

    Funded by:  AWS Foundation, Inc.

  • Are You Ready to Be Counted

    shared from The Arc - October 29, 2019

    The 2020 census is coming up and it is critical for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. The census seeks to include every individual living in the United States, but many people with disabilities are historically left out of the count—harmfully impacting funding, services, and supports.

    Census data helps guide the distribution of more than $800 billion in federal funding. The count, conducted every 10 years, is also directly tied to key funding streams that support people with disabilities to live in the community, instead of institutions. It determines political representation and affects public policy, as well as programs and supports in housing, voting, education, health care, and public health. The Arc is a National Partner of the Census Bureau and will be working hard to raise awareness, share resources, and work to ensure that all people with disabilities are counted in the upcoming census.


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  • Man with an Intellectual Disability Files Lawsuit After Sustaining Injuries in Marion County Jail

    Shared by Indiana Disability Rights

    INDIANAPOLIS –Even while in police custody, individuals with disabilities are entitled to
    treatment and the same protections from correctional staff to ensure they remain stable and
    safe, just as inmates without a disability. This was not the case for Keith Crumley, a man with an
    intellectual disability and mental health diagnoses.

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  • Autism Myths vs Autism Facts

    Published with Permission of Autism Parenting Magazine

    To understand autism and its symptoms, parents and family members must be able to discern autism myths vs. autism facts. You should make it a habit to investigate new autism information and check its integrity using basic research. As a parent, friend, or family member of a person with autism, it is crucial to get the right information and be aware of basic autism facts. Check out this article for a list of basic autism facts you should know.

  • Cultivating Executive Function in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Shared with permission from

    "The ability to engage in goal-directed activity, along with the mental processes that make this possible, fall under the heading of executive function (EF). Problems with executive function are neurological in nature and are thought to arise from a disruption or delay in normal neurological development."

    What is Executive Function?
    Babies and little children typically react to any stimulus they encounter in a manner that is impulsive, concrete and present-oriented. They have not yet developed organized play and so they engage in a kind of sensory “muck-about”, going from one stimulus to the next, impulsively putting their hands in things and putting things in their mouths. Their play is often disorganized and repetitious.

    As children develop, however, they are increasingly able to think about multiple aspects of a problem, plan a course of action, hold that plan in mind and act upon it. They also gain the ability to discern that something is an error and to modify their actions based on learning from errors. As very young children grow, they are more and more able to engage in organized, planned, goal-directed actions.

    Goal-directed activity depends on a number of mental processes, including organization, inhibiting impulses, selective attention, sustaining, shifting and planning memory. The ability to engage in goal-directed activity, along with the mental processes that make this possible, fall under the heading of executive function (EF).

    Problems with executive function are neurological in nature and are thought to arise from a disruption or delay in normal neurological development. The pre-frontal cortex is considered to be largely responsible for executive function skills, but many parts of the brain have to “network” for successful executive functioning to take place.

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