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  • OSEP Launches "Let's Participate" Website

    The Let’s Participate! project, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, was designed to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities participate more fully in everyday activities through the use of assistive technology (AT).

    Let's Partcipate's newly revamped website is chock-full of information on using AT with young children.

  • Indiana Disability Rights (IDR) Attorneys Will be On Call on Election Day

    Indiana Disability Rights Attorneys will be on Call on Election Day

    On Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, Indiana Disability Rights will be running once again its “Hoosiers Vote” Hotline. Indiana Disability Rights attorneys will answer questions and take complaints from persons with disabilities who have any issues casting their vote. The #HoosiersVote Hotline will be open during polling hours, 6:00AM - 6:00PM local time. Use the attached Social Media Toolkit to help us promote the hotline. Feel free to share with other organizations you believe would be interested in promoting the hotline. We appreciate your help in spreading the word about this resource. To learn more about the hotline and voting in Indiana visit our website,

  • Living Empowered! Supported Decision-Making as an Alternative to Guardianship

    The right to direct and control one's own life is a fundamental right for EVERYONE - including people with disabilities, chronic illness, and older adults. Just like everyone else, these individuals may need assistance in making decisions.  Indiana has many tools that help such as Supported Decision-Making, a promising alternative to guardianship.

    Attend this FREE educational session to learn how Supported Decision-Making

    • Preserves civil (legal) rights of the individual
    • Allows the  individual to always be in control and at the center of decision-making
    • Is flexible to a person's changing needs
    • Strengthens decision-making abilities and allows for the dignity of risk and
    • Leads to greater self-determination resulting in increased quality of life

    Choose to attend the event onsite or view the event via a live stream. Both options are FREE. Space is limited, so you must register to attend or view the event.


  • Medicaid for Family Members with Special Needs

    Shared with permission - e-Parent Newsletter - September 14, 2018

    Medicaid is a federal program that provides eligible military families with benefits beyond TRICARE. It covers basic health and long-term care services for eligible children, adults, pregnant women, individuals with disabilities and the elderly, and for families with low income and limited resources. This benefit may be available for military family members who have special needs and require medical care.

    Who is eligible for Medicaid?
    State governments generally determine which groups their Medicaid programs will cover and the financial criteria for Medicaid eligibility. States are required to cover certain benefits and can choose to provide optional benefits through the Medicaid program. Medicaid coverage and income restrictions vary from state to state.

    Those who qualify include:

    • Pregnant women and infants below 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Medicaid covers pregnant women and infants in families at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty line. That means that in 2015, a family of four can qualify if its combined annual household income is below $32,252.50. See the federal poverty charts for family size poverty guidelines. Additionally, if you live in a state that has expanded Medicaid, a family of four can qualify if its combined annual household income is at or below $32,913.
    • Pregnant women and infants above 133 percent of the federal poverty level. If your income is over 133 percent of the federal poverty line but at, or under, 185 percent of the threshold, you may qualify for Medicaid benefits.
    • Children, elderly or persons with disabilities above 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Medicaid may cover some people whose income is above 185 percent of the federal poverty level but who incur large medical or long-term care expenses. People in this category can qualify for Medicaid as “medically needy” if their income is reduced due to medical expenses. States that cover the medically needy may offer a different benefit package to the categorically needy, so check your coverage.
    • Children with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income. In many states, children with disabilities, who receive cash assistance under the Supplemental Security Income program, automatically qualify for Medicaid coverage. Check with individual states about eligibility and enrollment of children in this category.

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  • Executive Function Skills at Work: How Technology Can Help

    This short Transition Tech Talk offers helpful tips and technologies to support executive function skills at work. The video discusses skills essential to workplace success including arriving on time, completing tasks as directed, staying focused, and having an organized workspace. This video is an introduction to the information presented in the two companion articles titled: Executive Function Skills at Work: How Technology Can Help and Getting Started: Executive Function Skills at Work. Created by PACER's Simon Technology Center.