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Disclaimer: Some announcements posted on this page are submitted by other public and/or private organizations with information that is related to the education of children with special needs.  Announcements about events do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of IN*SOURCE. IN*SOURCE does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information posted here. IN*SOURCE does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer. We are providing this information only as a service to parents of children with special needs in Indiana. 

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  • Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The CDC has issued interim guidance to help administrators of public and private childcare programs and K–12 schools plan for and prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff. See Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K–12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html.

    This Questions and Answers document outlines states’ responsibilities to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families, and to the staff serving these children. During an outbreak of COVID-19, local educational agencies (LEAs) and early intervention service (EIS) programs will need to collaborate with their state educational agency (SEA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), or local public health department, as appropriate, to address questions about how, what, and when services should be provided to children with disabilities.1 It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person. This Q & A document does not impose any additional requirements beyond those included in applicable law and regulations. The responses presented in this document generally constitute informal guidance representing the interpretation of the Department of the applicable statutory or regulatory requirements in the context of the specific facts presented here and are not legally binding. The Q & As in this document are not intended to be a replacement for careful study of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), and their implementing regulations. The IDEA, its implementing regulations, and other important documents related to the IDEA can be found at http://sites.ed.gov/idea.

    For more information on the requirements of Section 504 and Title II, and their implementing regulations, please consult https://www2.ed.gov/policy/rights/guid/ocr/disabilityoverview.html.

    Read entire document

  • School Help for Homeless Children with Disabilities: Information for Parents

    The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) operates the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance and information center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program.

    NCHE has published a parent brief on school help available for homeless children with disabilities.  If you and your family are experiencing homelessness, you may be struggling to enroll and keep your children in school. If you have a child with special needs, you may have even more challenges to make sure your child receives the help he or she needs.

    This brief provides information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and how it can help homeless children with special needs. It is designed for parents, guardians, and other people taking care of children and youth.

    Link to parent brief

  • 2020 Indiana Summer Camps & Programs Directory Now Available

    Marci Wheeler, MSW - Indiana Resource Center for Autism has released the 2020 listing of summer camps and programs in Indiana.

    Please note that this directory has been compiled and posted as a service to the community. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) does not endorse any particular activity or organization on this list. Camps listed specifically serve persons with disabilities and/or include this population in their program. Some solely serve children and/or adults on the autism spectrum. Parents are advised to investigate the opportunities presented below to determine the appropriateness of each activity for their family member.

    Download 2020 Summer Camps & Programs list

     

  • Empowering People with Disabilities to Make Their Own Health Care Decisions

    People with disabilities sometimes need help understanding medical information. That does not mean they need a guardian to make decisions for them. People with disabilities can make their own decisions with support. They can ask for help from family members, friends, and other trusted persons (called “Supporters”).

    The Arc’s new tool, A Letter for My Doctors, helps people with disabilities describe how and when they want help making health care decisions.

    The letter can be used to explain:

    ·    How the person acts when he/she is upset, worried, or confused

    ·    What a health care provider can do if the person is upset, worried, or confused

    ·    When the person wants help making health care decisions

    ·    Who the person wants to help them make health care decisions

    Can you or someone you know benefit from this new tool? Download the resource now!

  • 2020-2021 College Survey Now Available

    The 2020-2021 College and Post-Secondary Services for Persons with Disabilities in Indiana has just been released and is available online. Hard copies can be mailed to individuals interested in obtaining a copy; please contact the South Bend Central Office at 800-332-4433 or at insource@insource.org