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Indiana Organizations

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

211
Indiana 211 Partnership, Inc. (IN211) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building the 2-1-1 system for Indiana. The goal is to create a seamless network of information and referral services that enables anyone in Indiana in need of human services to have quick referrals to those who provide them by dialing 2-1-1.   Additionally, aggregate data will be collected to assist communities in assessing needs and allocating resources.

About Special Kids

About Special Kids is a “Parent to Parent” organization that works throughout the state of Indiana to answer questions and provide support, information and resources. We are parents and family members of children with special needs and we help other families and professionals understand the various systems that are encountered related to special needs. Our central office is located in Indianapolis and regional staff are available throughout the state. The mission of About Special Kids is: Helping children with special needs live better lives by educating, empowering and connecting their families.

Arc of Indiana
“The Arc of Indiana advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

ArtMix (formerly VSA Indiana)

ArtMix transforms the lives of people with disabilities through the creation of art. The statewide leader in providing access to lifelong learning and creative expression through the arts for people with disabilities in Indiana, ArtMix (formerly VSA Indiana) has served Hoosiers for nearly 30 years.

Assistive Technology, Training and Information Center, Inc. (ATTIC)
ATTIC is a nonprofit, non-residential, community-based, consumer-controlled, cross-disability organization which provides services and promotes activities to assist people with significant disabilities (and/or their families) in leading integrated, self-directed, productive lives.

Autism Resource Network of Indiana
The Autism Resource Network of Indiana (or ARNI) is your online source for providers, events, and information about autism in the state of Indiana. Find family-friendly events, parent workshops, expos, medical and therapy providers in your area, summer camps, support groups, social skills, bulletins, research opportunities, grant deadlines, legislative information, and so much more.

Autism Society of Indiana
ASI"s mission is to improve the lives of all people in Indiana affected by autism. Our Allies (800-609-8449) located throughout the state can provide personalized telephone support and referral to families and provide training and other supports to providers. ASI also mainains the Autism Resource Network of Indiana , or ARNI, which is an online database of providers, events, and information.

Blumberg Center for Interdisciplary Studies in Special Education
The Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education was established to encourage the interdisciplinary study of persons with severe disabilities to those who are gifted and talented. Our services include family and educational support through dissemination of information, onsite visits, and workshops.

Center for Disability Information and Referral
The Center for Disability Information and Referral (CeDir) provides access to information to meet individuals' disability-related needs through print, non print, and human resources.

Disability Legal Services of Indiana. Inc.
Disability Legal Services of Indiana, Inc (DLSI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation offering free and low cost legal services to children and adults with disabilities in Indiana.  DLSI was formed in response to a concern over the lack of affordable legal representation for adults and children with disabilities in Indiana, particularly in the area of education law.

Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)
The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has two overarching responsibilities: to facilitate partnerships that enhance the quality of life for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities; and to provide them with continuous, life-long support. List of fax numbers to local offices. 

Early Childhood Center 
The Early Childhood Center works to link research and practice in advancing the field of early education. Its current focus is the universal design of early education that helps all children and families enter school successfully.

Easter Seals Crossroads (Indianapolis, IN)
Easter Seals Crossroads is a community resource working in partnership with children and adults with disabilities or special needs and their families to promote growth, independence and dignity.

Effective Evaluation Resource Center
The EERC works in collaboration with the Indiana Resource Network to provide an array of professional development and coaching opportunities, develop resources and materials, facilitate statewide and regional collaborative networks, and advance the use of statewide technology during the evaluation process.The EERC works in collaboration with the Indiana Resource Network to provide an array of professional development and coaching opportunities, develop resources and materials, facilitate statewide and regional collaborative networks, and advance the use of statewide technology during the evaluation process.

Family Voices Indiana
Family Voices Indiana is a family-led organization that provides informaiton, education, training, outreach, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them.

Erskine Green Training Institute
Developed by The Arc of Indiana Foundation, the Erskine Green Training Institute provides postsecondary vocational training in hospitality, food service and health care.  Housed within the Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center, the concept for EGTI is the first of its kind in the country.  Students reside in the hotel for 9 -13 weeks as they attend classes and gain work experience through internships at the Courtyard Muncie, Thr3e Wiseman restaurant, and IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

Families United for Support and Encouragement
FUSE provides information, resources and support to families raising children with disabilities of all types. Monthly meetings, bi-monthly newsletter, other activities.

First Steps
First Steps is Indiana's Early Intervention System for infants, toddlers, and their families. First Steps provides early intervention for families which have infants and toddlers with developmental delays or who show signs of being at-risk to have certain delays in the future.

Hear Indiana
Hear Indiana is committed to helping children with hearing loss to achieve their fullest potential as independent members of society. We advocate that informed parents and professionals are the keys to achieving this objective. We promote early detection of hearing loss, amplification, and ongoing rehabilitation to maximize the use of residual hearing and the development of speech.

Hoosier Healthwise
Hoosier Healthwise is a health insurance program for Indiana children, pregnant women, and low-income families. Health care is provided at little or no cost to Indiana families enrolled in the program.

Indiana APSE:  The Network on Employment
IN-APSE: The Network on Employment is a membership organization formed in 1988 as the Indiana Association for Persons in Supported Employment to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for persons experiencing disabilities. To accomplish this mission, IN-APSE: Provides advocacy and education to customers of supported employment (SE), i.e. supported employment professionals, consumers and their family members, and supported employers, addresses issues and barriers which impede the growth and implementation of integrated employment services, improves supported employment (SE) practice so that individuals and communities experience SE as a quality service with meaningful outcomes, promotes national, state, and local policy development which enhances the social and economic inclusion and empowerment of all persons experiencing severe disabilities, and Educates the public and the business community on the value of including persons experiencing severe disabilities as fully participating community members. 

Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Inc.
(Also known as the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Inc.) INARF is a statewide membership organization which provides leadership and support to its constituency in the development of resources and promotion of quality services to increase our members’ ability to effectively serve the comprehensive needs of people with disabilities. Over 75 companies (both for profit and not for profit) make up the INARF membership and they provide a variety of services to persons with disabilities.

Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM)
ICAM is a web based system designed to provide support to Indiana Local Educational Agencies in meeting the NIMAS regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004.   Our mission is to partner with local educational agencies in securing accessible textbooks and core curriculum materials, in specialized formats, for qualifying students with print disabilities. The ICAM system is owned, maintained, and provided to all Indiana schools by the Office of the Associate Superintendent, the Indiana Department of Education.  Access to the system, technical support, and professional training are provided through the ICAM and PATINS projects without a fee.

Indiana Disability Rights
(formerly Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services-IPAS) Indiana Disability Rights protects and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities and is Indiana's federally designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system and client assistance program. It is an independent state agency, which receives no state funding and is independent from all service providers, as required by federal and state law.

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) works with Indiana's families, children, senior citizens, people with disabilities and people with mental illness, providing services to promote self-sufficiency, independence prevention, health and safety.

Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities
The Indiana's Governor's Council is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Their mission is to advance independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research and advocacy.

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC)
The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) foster communities that welcome, value and support the participation and contributions of people of all ages and abilities through research, education and service.

Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center
The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) creates and enhances professional development activities and resources to improve school and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. Driven by current transition research and effective practices, the center partners with schools, families, students, and community organizations to build statewide and local capacity for improving post-school outcomes.

IN-PACT
Founded by parents of children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities in 1980, In-Pact, Inc. is committed to its mission of providing a range of services that allow full participation of all people with Developmental Disabilities in their local community.

Inspiring Autism Spectrum Families (IASF)
IASF is a non-profit autism support group and information center in the Evansville, IN area for families of children who have autism. Children with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder up to the age of 18 are eligible for assistance if living in the counties of Posey, Gibson, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer and Pike in Indiana and Henderson or Daviess in Kentucky

Medicaid 
Links to information related to school-based Medicaid services in Indiana.

Noble of Indiana
Since 1953, Noble of Indiana has created opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, like Down Syndrome and autism, to live meaningful lives.   Noble of Indiana offers early intervention therapies for babies and toddlers, summer camps and transition services for students, employment and life skills training for adults, and mentoring and respite for families.

PATINS Project
The PATINS (Promoting Achievement Through Technology and Instruction for All Students) Project is an Indiana Department of Education/Division of Student Learning/Office of Differentiated Learners assistive technology systems change initiative. The project is designed to impact both the organizational capacities of local public schools and the professional capabilities of school staff in the delivery of assistive technology services and the implementation of Universal Design for Learning Principles.  PATINS has established lending libraries at each of our five operational sites. Equipment, software, videos, and print materials are available to public school staff for preview and evaluation purposes. In addition, PATINS offers workshops, both onsite and offsite, and offers technical assistance to local school personnel on specific devices. The Mission of PATINS is to provide access to technology tools and instruction on Universal Design for Learning, so every student can participate and progress within the general curriculum.

Vocational Rehabilitation ServicesThe Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation provides quality, individualized services to enhance and support people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain or retain employment. Through active participation in their rehabilitation, people with disabilities achieve a greater level of independence in their work place and living environments.

Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids (Indiana)
At the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities, you will find educational consultants, psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors, speech language therapists, advocates, and attorneys. You will also find government programs, grassroots organizations, special education schools, and parent support groups.