The local, state, and federal organizations and agencies listed here are involved in employment, supports, services, or the transition to adulthood. We provide these links for residents of Indiana with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who support them. The Center on Community Living and Careers, however, does not endorse agencies or service providers, and their presence on this list does not constitute endorsement.
To search for additional resources, see the Center on Community Living and Careers Resources search page. If you're looking for resources, services, or supports in your area, see also, Indiana Disability Resource FINDER.
About Special Kids: Parent to parent support for families with children who have disabilities.
Autism Society of Indiana: Promoting awareness and understanding through education, advocacy, information, and service referrals.
The Arc: National advocacy organization dedicated to improving opportunities and the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. In addition to advocacy, the Arc provides training and resources to professionals and has nearly 700 state and local chapters.
Arc of Indiana: The state chapter of the Arc, providing advocacy, outreach, and opportunities for Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brain Injury Association of Indiana: Support and advocacy for people with brain injuries and their families.
Indiana Disability Rights: Protecting and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, IDR is Indiana's federally designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system and client assistance program. IDR's website features information on guardianship and supported decision making in Indiana.
Indiana School for the Deaf--Featuring an Americal Sign Language and English bilingual environment, the Indiana School for the Deaf promotes a culture where students can "excel, belong, and thrive academically and socially."
IN*SOURCE: Indiana's parent training and information center, providing families with the resources they need to navigate educational programs and access services.
National Federation of the Blind: Information for teachers, students, parents, and employers. In addition to support and advocacy, the website provides information on products, technology, and publications. Self-Advocates of Indiana: An Arc of Indiana membership organization of people with disabilities from throughout Indiana.
Indiana and Federal Work Incentives Fact Sheets: Information from the Center on Community Living and Careers, updated annually, about work incentives provided by the Social Security Administration as well as about other state and federal benefits to support Indiana workers with disabilities.
Autism Internet Modules (AIM): Modules and videos designed to provide information and professional development to individuals supporting, teaching, living with, or working with someone who has autism.
Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS): Indiana's state agency responsible for assisting people with developmental disabilities with services that can help them live as independently as possible in their communities. BDDS is also responsible for monitoring quality of care, and for processing applications for and maintaining Indiana's list for Medicaid waivers and caregiver support services. Centers for Independent Living: Information about Indiana's nine Centers for Independent Living, which are designed and operated by individuals with disabilities to provide information and referral, counseling, advocacy, skills training, and services to facilitate transition.
Down Syndrome Indiana: Promoting the inclusion of individuals with Down Syndrome in the community and supporting families, caregivers, educators, and employers with information and resources.
Hands in Autism: An organization providing training and resources to caregivers and professionals.
Learn More Indiana: An interactive roadmap for students as they explore colleges and careers.
HEATH Resource Center: The HEATH Resource Center of the George Washington University is a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the U.S. Department of Education enables HEATH to serve as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.
Think College Indiana: A website designed to help young people with developmental/intellectual disabilities and their families explore postsecondary options in Indiana.
Employment specialists, consultants and other Indiana employment professionals, please also see the webpages beneath our "Employment" tab for additional tools, forms, archived presentations, and important updates.
APSE: An organization advocating for Employment First, the concept that employment in the general workplace is the "first and preferred outcome in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability."
Arc of Indiana: A statewide advocacy organization. The Arc of Indiana's website features information about waiver services and benefits, and provides answers to frequently asked questions about employment.
Disability Etiquette: Tips on Interacting with People with Disabilities, published by the United Spinal Association.
Griffin Hammis & Associates: An organization providing employment consultation and training to employers and to community rehabilitation providers serving people with disabilities.
IN-APSE: Statewide membership organization advocating for the principles of Employment First. See also, APSE.
INDATA Project: Assistive technology consultation, information and referral, funding assistance, device demonstrations, and more from Easterseals Crossroads in Indianapolis for people with disabilities throughout the state of Indiana.
National Re-Entry Resource Center: An organization of the Council of State Government's Justice Center and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance. The NRCC provides training and technical assistance to professionals assisting people so they can succeed in their communities after they return from prison.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: A website from the U.S. Department of Labor and its Bureau of Labor Statistics with detailed information on a wide variety of careers.
Partnership on Employment and Assistive Technology (PEAT): A collaborative organization to help make technology more accessible for employers. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. Project SEARCH: A collaborative model developed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital to provide innovative workforce and career development experiences to people with disabilities.
Project SEARCH Indiana: Information about Project SEARCH in Indiana. Includes a listing of current Project SEARCH sites in the state.
The Road to Work: A resource guide published by Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation describing the VR application and eligibility process as well as VR employment services. Also available in Spanish as Camino al Trabajo.
TASH: A national disability advocacy group, TASH promotes inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates.
Training Resource Network: A Florida-based on-demand training company. Online trainings available for job development, job coaching and consulting, career development and more.
Ticket to Work: Information about a program of the Social Security Administration that allows eligible individuals to return to work or work for the first time.
Work Incentives, General Information: Information from Social Security on programs that enable people receiving SSI or SSDI to work and still continue to receive monthly payments from Medicaid or Medicare.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit: Information from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration about an incentive for eligible hiring employers.
Statewide Independent Living Council: Promotes the philosophy of independent living for people with disabilities through its work on state planning and policy. Council members, many of whom are people with disabilities, are appointed by the governor.
Division of Family Resources: Receives applications and approves eligibility for Medicaid, TANF (cash assistance), and childcare. Operates in all 92 counties. Administers childcare licensing and inspection program.
Division of Aging: Funds long-term care through Medicaid programs. Supports the development and utilization of alternatives to nursing home care. Coordinates and funds services through a network of Area Agencies on Aging.
Indiana Medicaid Office: The Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning (OMPP) oversees the adminstration of the Indiana Health Coverage Programs, which include traditional Medicaid, risk-based managed care, and a variety of waiver services tailored to the needs of specific populations, including those with disabilities.
Clubhouse International: An organization of community-based centers around the country and the world that offers members opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education and access to medical and psychiatric services. There are eight Clubhouse locations in Indiana.
Indiana School Mental Health Initiative: Resources, training, and advocacy to build school districts' capacity to promote the social, emotional, behavioral, mental, and physical health of Indiana’s school-age children and youth. The Initiative works to increase school engagement and improve educational and life outcomes.
National Alliance on Mental Illness in Indiana: A grassroots public charity supporting Hoosiers with serious mental illness, their families, and friends. Provides continuing education for professionals as well as advocacy for systems change.
Mental Health America: National non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of Americans.
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association: The website of both the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Foundation. PRA focuses on the development and training of the recovery workforce.
ABLE National Resource Center: The national website about asset building savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The ABLE website explains what an ABLE account is, who is eligible to enroll, and the type of options available.
Financial Soccer: An online, multiple choice game, developed by VISA, testing players’ knowledge of financial management skills.
Pacer Center: This website, from Minnesota's Parent Training and Information Center, contains guidelines for effective person-centered planning and links to other person-centered planning resources and sites.
Indiana Transition Resources: A list of transition resources in a poster/handout published by About Special Kids, a resource and information website for Indiana professionals and parents of children with special needs.
Learn More Indiana: Indiana's connection to college and career resources. Although it doesn't contain information for students with disabilities and their families, this general information site does provide resources for finding the right college fit and planning and saving for college.
HEATH Resource Center: The HEATH Resource Center of George Washington University is a national clearinghouse on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities. Topics included about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other post secondary training entities.
IDEA Partnerships: The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning.
Youthhood: A transition planning website for teens.
Social Security Red Book: Information from the Social Security Administration on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and employment programs for people with disabilities to help them work while maintaining some of their benefits and supports. Also available in Spanish!
Ticket to Work: Information on eligibility and participation in Social Security’s program to connect people with disabilities to Employment Network or offices of Vocational Rehabilitation Services that can assist with job training, finding jobs, work incentives, and more.