Indiana: Disability-specific Resources
Committed to helping Hoosiers breathe easier, the American Lung Association of Indiana is a community benefit organization that promotes lung health through education, research and advocacy.
ACT's mission is to engage and support those surrounding individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders in Northeast Indiana.
Blind and Visually Impaired Services (BVIS) provides state-wide assistance and services to enable the achievement of vocational and personal independence to the citizens of Indiana with blindness and visual impairment.
The Brain Injury Association of Indiana is a nonprofit service organization comprised of people with brain injury, their families, and concerned stakeholders who are dedicated to creating a better future by reducing the incidence and effects of brain injury through public and professional education, advocacy, support, and by facilitating inter-agency commitment and collaboration.
The Center provides comprehensive family support for children birth through school exit: to ensure that resources and information are shared with families in a comprehensive, unbiased and consistent manner that supports informed parent and student choice; to ensure that appropriate family supports are available to all families through formal family support programming provided by appropriately trained professionals, parents of children/students who are deaf and hard of hearing and individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing; to educate parents through information sharing, support and modeling so parents will understand the critical role a parent has in their child’s development and education as well as creating avenues to success in reaching their desired outcomes.
The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana is to enhance the lives of people affected by Down syndrome, provide information and support to families and professionals, and promote awareness and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome within our community.
Providing community-based tutoring services in reading & math for children, adolescents and adults primarily in central Indiana, training in the Orton-Gillingham approach and faculty training throughout Indiana.
The Evansville Association for the Blind (EAB), a not-for-profit organization located in Evansville, IN, is dedicated to supporting disabled or disadvantaged people, predominantly the visually impaired. EAB assists individuals to survive and prosper in Evansville and its surrounding counties through a variety of services. Although EAB is a not-for-profit organization, they do not receive funds from the government. A strong industrial division, and most recently a furniture store, has made them self-sufficient since 1923.
The Indiana Deaf-Blind Services Project is a federally-funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, administered by the Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education. The project provides technical assistance, training, and support for children and young adults who have a combined vision and hearing loss, their families, and educators who work with these individuals.
Indiana Down Syndrome Foundation's programs and services involve: educational materials; telephone/e-mail resource; information packets for families, physicians, educators, medical facilities and service providers; monthly support group meetings for families; D.A.D.S. (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome), an organization of more than 250 fathers affected by Down syndrome--the group has received national recognition for pioneering involvement with Down syndrome; advocacy training; support of national research efforts; and a web site that provides local and national information and links to other helpful organizations.
The Indiana Resource Center for Autism staff conduct outreach training and consultations, engage in research, and develop and disseminate information focused on building the capacity of local communities, organizations, agencies, and families to support children and adults across the autism spectrum in typical early intervention, school, community, work and home settings.
The League for the Blind and Disabled, Inc. is a Center for Independent Living in Fort Wayne, IN. It serves as a primary organizational advocate for individuals with severe disabilities by assisting consumers in acquiring the skills, knowledge and information needed to advocate for their own needs and facilitate systems wide change.
The Learning Disabilities Association of Indiana is a state affiliate of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. LDA of Indiana is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer organization of parents, educators, and other individuals who are committed to promoting awareness, knowledge and acceptance of individuals with learning disabilities (LD) and associated disorders such as attention deficit defifcit/hyperactivity disorders (AD/HD) by encouraging early detection, appropriate educational services, accommodations and programs at all educational levels, vocational and career opportunities, and by offering information, advocacy training and support through hosting an annual state conference, publishing our state newsletter, and contacts across Indiana.
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) is Indiana's only full-time school dedicated to helping young deaf and hard of hearing children (birth to age 8) develop spoken language and literacy skills with the sole focus of transitioning into their community school. SJI offers a variety of Listening and Spoken Language programs for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, including Early Intervention, internet based teletherapy services, ongoing consultation, mainstream support, and comprehensive educational training opportunities for families and professionals.
Located in North Central Indiana the Spina Bifida Family Support group assists families in providing on-going emotional support, provide practical information and education to families that are raising a child or children with spina bifida.