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FYI Newsletter August 13, 2012

August 13, 2012

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ADA-Focused Webinar
Social Security and Other Benefits Explained!
Demonstration Project to Support Adults with Disabilities Receives University Funding
Indiana Family Supports Medicaid Waiver
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ADA-Focused Webinar

The Great Lakes ADA Center and Pacific ADA Center, on behalf of the ADA National Network, are hosting a free webinar session on web authoring tools and accessibility as part of their 2012 Accessible Technology Webinar Series. 

Accessibility of Web Authoring Tools
Free Webinar
Tuesday, August 14th  
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EASTERN
It's free, but REGISTRATION is required to participate.

This webinar session will discuss how authoring and development tools can be designed to support the creation of accessible content, even by authors who are neither motivated nor knowledgeable about accessible Web content guidelines.
Having access to online interactions is no longer optional but an essential part of participating in society. Not everyone can be made aware of, learn, understand and be motivated to apply Web accessibility guidelines no matter how hard we try. However, almost everyone that creates Web content or Web applications and services uses authoring tools, component tool kits, and development systems. Click to register.

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Social Security and Other Benefits Explained!

Registration is now open for this fall’s Learning the Basics: Social Security and Other Federal and State Benefits, a two-day informational workshop from the Institute’s Center on Community Living and Careers, for VR counselors, mental health professionals, service coordinators, employment specialists, and case managers. 

Training dates and location:

October 15 and 16
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)
Fort Harrison State Park Inn
Indianapolis, IN

Participants will learn more about:

The Basics of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI);
SSI and SSDI Eligibility, Application, Appeals, and Overpayments;
Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program;
HUD, Food Stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
Medicaid Eligibility and Work Incentives; and
Work Incentives for SSDI, SSI and Other State and Federal Benefit Programs.

Registration cost is $110, but there is no charge for VR personnel, who are sponsored by Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Deadline for registration is October 1. For more information about the workshop and a registration link, click here.



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Demonstration Project to Support Adults with Disabilities Recieves University Funding

Across the U.S., adults with developmental disabilities are benefiting from the "longevity revolution," living longer than ever before. In Indiana, it is estimated that more than 15,250 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are living with parents or siblings over the age of 60.

As a result, many Indiana families are desperate for an expansion of the formal system of supports, especially Medicaid waivers and residential supports for community living. However, this desire meets the hard reality of declining and, in the best case, flat funding of services.

Hoosier TYZE, a project funded through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University Bloomington, will demonstrate the role of web-based social media in bridging informal and formal systems of care supporting adults with disabilities, elders and family caregivers.

Through the leadership of the Indiana Institute’s Center on Aging and Community, IU's School of Informatics and Computing, and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Hoosier TYZE will support 15 Hoosier families to create individualized online family and community networks, supporting their adult members with disabilities in a virtual "circle of care." This new system of family supports will demonstrate a role for state government that emphasizes     partnerships between family and community systems of informal supports.

Families will be selected from three Indiana communities participating in the Communities for a Lifetime initiative, a project of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. They include Linton, Huntington and Valparaiso, all chosen in a competitive grant program in 2011.

Phil Stafford, Director of the Center on Aging and Community, provides coaching to the     communities as they plan to become more livable places for all ages and abilities. "These great little cities exhibit leadership that is progressive, creative and collaborative. They are getting what I hope is an ongoing program off to a great start," he said.

Hoosier TYZE is organized around a proven web-based online platform called TYZE, created by Canada's PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship. TYZE creates individualized personal, private, secure online networks that strengthen relationships and address social isolation.

As an innovative and expandable family support program based on a social media platform, Hoosier TYZE will increase the capacity to tap and bridge formal and informal systems of supports and planning for the future welfare of all family members, demonstrate the viability of social media to support family decision-making and bring about program and policy recommendations surrounding the future development of community-based social media networks of care and support.

For more information on Hoosier TYZE, contact Stafford, Principal Investigator for the project at



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Indiana's Family Supports Medicaid Waiver

On September 1, 2012, the new Family Supports Waiver will replace the former Support Services Waiver. Individuals who currently receive services under the Support Services Waiver will now receive services under the Family Supports Waiver. 

The Family Supports Waiver will:

Raise the annual cost limit of an individual’s budget to $16,250 with gradual increases, of this amount, anticipated in the future;
Add a new service called Participant Assistance and Care which will provide another level of support for the individual in their own home or in the family home;
Case Management is once again furnished as a distinct activity to waiver participants; and
Once again, eligible individuals age 18 through age 24 who have aged out , graduated or permanently exited, from their school setting, may be able to enter waiver services without waiting if funded slots are available.

Click to view all services that are covered under Indiana’s Family Supports Waiver.



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New Items

The following new materials may be borrowed by Indiana residents from the Center for Disability Information and Referral at the Institute. To check out materials, contact the library at 1-800-437-7924, send e-mail to, or visit us at 2853 East Tenth Street in Bloomington.
Grandin, T., & Attwood, T. (2012). Different--not less: Inspiring stories of achievement and successful employment from adults with autism, Asperger's, and ADHD. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons Inc. (Call Number: 20.3 .G7 D5)

Koegel, R. L., Koegel, L. K., & Kuriakose, S. (2012). The PRT pocket guide: Pivotal response treatment for autism spectrum disorders. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Pub. (Call Number: 40.3 .K64)

Musgrave, F. (2012). The Asperger children's toolkit. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. (Call Number: 6 .M79)

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