Housing & Community Issues
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Links
Secondary Transition Services
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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.
The 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.
Connect2Help211--facilitating connections between people who need human services and those who provide them. Available throughout central Indiana.
Down Syndrome Indiana--education, support and advocacy.
Governor's Council for People with Disabilities--an independent state agency dedicated to advancing the independence, productivity, and inclusion of Hoosiers with disabilities in all aspects of society.
INARF--a membership organization representing Indiana organizations and companies that provide services and supports to individuals with disabilities.
Indiana Area Associations on Aging--an organization providing leadership and advocacy for Indiana's evolving home and community-based services network.
Indiana Disability Rights-- (Formerly, Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services) created to protect and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, IDR is Indiana's federally designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system and client assistance program.
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.
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See also, "Medicaid" and "Social Security."
Indiana and Federal Work Incentives: Fact Sheets--information, updated each year, about work incentives provided by the Social Security Administration as well as about other state and federal benefits to support Indiana workers with disabilities.
Indiana's Medicaid Waiver Programs: Home and Community-Based Services for Adults and Children--an article from the Indiana Resource Center on Autism.
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See also, "Advocacy."
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.
Hands in Autism--an organization providing training and resources to caregivers and professionals.
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA)--See also, "Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Links."
Indiana Resource Center for Autism--a center of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community providing information, support, and professional development throughout the state.
The Library at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community--(formerly the Center for Disability Information and Referral) a lending library providing a wide variety of resources about disabilities across the lifespan. The collection is available to view online through Indiana University's IUCAT (www.iucat.iu.edu) and for checkout through the library.
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.
The Learn More Resource Center (formerly ICPAC): Indiana's Pre-K to College Connection--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.
College Internship Program (CIP) Summer Program— A two-week opportunity for teens 16-19 to experience college life at one of four campuses nationwide.
Think College Indiana— A website designed to help young people with developmental/intellectual disabilities and their families explore postsecondary options in Indiana.
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Employment specialists, consultants and other Indiana employment professionals, please also see our "Other Employment Resources" page 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.
Bureau of Labor Statistics--information and data on careers, occupations, and regional employment.
Camino al Trabajo — A Spanish-language version of The Road to Work, an employment guide published by Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services
CareerOneStop Career Changer--information for workers seeking a new career. The CareerOneStop site also contains links to resources for workers with disabilities.
CareerOneStop Toolkit--collected resources on careers, training, skills, wages, and more.
Disability Etiquette--Tips on Interacting with People with Disabilities, published by the United Spinal Association.
Employment First in Indiana -- an information sheet from IN-APSE, Indiana's Association for People Supporting Employment First, detailing the facts of employment for workers with disabilities within the state.
Employment Services and Supports — links to pages within the Center on Community Living and Careers site that have more information about trainings, programs and resources for employment providers, Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Servieces staff and corporations.
Griffin Hammis & Associates--an organization providing employment consultation and training to employers and to community rehabilitation providers serving people with disabilities.
The Hoosier Orientation Handbook on Employment, Third Edition--a publication of the Center on Community Living and Careers, providing employment specialists and consultants with updated information, tips, and strategies for implementing the Indiana Employment Services Model and for working with employees and job seekers on Discovery, job development and placement, retention, inclusion, and much more.
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.
Indiana Chamber of Commerce--a member organization promoting economic opportunity for Indiana.
Indiana Department of Workforce Development--the website for Indiana's career training and adult education department. Provides a link to the state's WorkOne centers.
Indiana VRS Checklist for Learning Disorders—A checklist for completion by the Vocational Rehabilitation Services applicant and/or referring parents/guardians
Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)--the state's program that assists people with disabilities as
they prepare for, obtain, and retain employment.
Job Accommodations Network (JAN)--information about workplace accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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 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.
PACER National Parent Center on Transition and Employment--Minnesota-based
organization providing information to individuals and families. This website features videos on success stories and a variety of employment topics including disclosure, interviewing, Ticket to Work, and more.
PEAT--(Partnership on Employment and Assistive Technology) 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.
A Roadmap to Choosing an Employment Agency -- This workbook, published by the Center on Community Living and Careers, helps individuals and families ask the right questions when interviewing employment agencies. Indiana residents can receive a free copy of the workbook by contacting Lori Pierce email@example.com 812-855-6508.
Project SEARCH Indiana— Information about the development of 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 Services describing the VR application and eligibility process as well as VR employment services.
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.
Transition Success Story--Video from the Center on Community Living and Careers featuring the transition and employment success story of a young man in Indiana.
U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration--information for workforce professionals.
The Vocational Rehabilitation Process for Specific Learning Disabilities: A Guide for Transition Partners—A Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) PowerPoint that clarifies VRS policy PPM 510, assessment and eligibility decisions.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Building Effective Transition Partnerships—An 8-page booklet containing suggestions for planning and coordination between school representatives and Vocational Rehabilitation Services counselors.
VRS Leadership Academy— An on-line learning environment where professional development and skills training is available for Indiana VRS personnel and stakeholders, as well as others with an interest in the field of disability services.
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.
Working with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services--This short video, from Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) and the Center on Community Living and Careers, describes the VR process, including referral, eligibility and the services VR uses to help its clients learn new skills, find a job, keep a job, or start a new career.
Work Support Videos--This is a link to Virginia Commonwealth University's YouTube channel, which contains a wide variety of employment-related videos, ranging from accommodations to transition planning.
Work Support Webcasts--links to archived webinars from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
Mortgages - Refinance and Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities
Planning for Community Living Worksheet
Indiana Council on Independent Living (ICOIL) — 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 Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) Manages the delivery of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Oversees the First Steps rehabilitation program for children from birth to age three.
Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) Provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities to enable them to live as independently as possible in their communities.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)— Supports people with disabilities as they seek and obtain employment.
Division of Family Resources— Receives applications and approves eligibility for Medicaid, Food Stamps, TANF (cash assistance) and childcare. Operates in all 92 counties. Administers childcare licensing and inspection program.
Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning— Administers Medicaid programs including the managed care system for Hoosier Healthwise participants. Performs medical review of Medicaid disability claims.
Division of Mental Health and Addiction— Supports a network of mental health care providers, operates six psychiatric hospitals, and funds addiction prevention and treatment programs.
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) finances basic, cost-effective medical services for low-income residents of the State of Indiana.
Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers--information from Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration on waiver programs in the state.
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See also, "Advocacy."
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.
Key Consumer Organization--mental health advocacy and education for Hoosiers.
National Alliance on Mental Illness--(NAMI) an organization providing information, resources, and support to people with mental illness and their families.
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.
National Mental Health Association--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.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration--information about treatment and in-depth articles on topics ranging from behavioral health to workforce issues.
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Why Building Assets is Important for People with Disabilities
Financial Soccer - An online, multiple choice game, developed by VISA, testing players’ knowledge of financial management skills.
Guide to Credit Cards for Young Adults
“An Estate Plan for Built for Special Needs” - A Wall Street Journal article explaining in the importance of special needs trusts and other tools for parents of children with disabilities.
Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction [ A 10-module, online course developed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Money Smart is available in English or Spanish versions and can also be obtained on CD-Rom.
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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.
Person-Centered Planning Education Site— This website, from Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute, provides an overview and self-study course on person-centered planning as well as additional resources.
Indiana Resources & Links
Arc of Indiana--the state chapter of the Arc, providing advocacy, outreach, and opportunities for Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
College Internship Program (CIP) Summer Program— A two-week opportunity for teens 16-19 to experience college life in Bloomington, IN, or one of three other campuses nationwide.
End of Course Assessments (ECAs)--resources for educators, students, and families from the Indiana Department of Education on the English 10 and Algebra 1 exams.
Indiana's Diploma Requirements - Flow chart and explanation of Indiana's high school graduation requirements.
Indiana K-12 Schools Information and Data--from the Indiana Department of Education.
Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) -- A sister website of the Center on Community Living and Careers, INSTRC provides transition resources to Indiana's teachers, other transition professionals, and families of students in transition. From the INSTRC home page, search for: Transition IEP, Transition IEP Flow Chart, Transition IEP Goals, "Understanding Measurable Postsecondary Goals," Summary of Performance, or other transition-related resources.
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.
Is College for You?: Setting Goals and Taking Action
The Learn More Resource Center (formerly ICPAC): Indiana's Pre-K to college connection resource. 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.
Planning for Community Living Worksheet
The Roadmap to Choosing and Employment Provider --a publication of the Center on Community Living and Careers, this workbook helps individuals and families ask the right questions when interviewing employment agencies. Indiana residents can receive a free copy of the workbook by contacting Lori Pierce firstname.lastname@example.org 812-855-6508.
Planning for Transition—The first installment of a two-part INSOURCE podcast featuring Center on Community Living and Careers (CCLC) Director Teresa Grossi.
The Transition IEP—Part two of an INSOURCE podcast featuring CCLC Director Teresa Grossi. See above.
Transition Success Stories -- videos of three young adults from Indiana communities.
Vincennes University STEP Program— Emphasizing student strengths, STEP (Student Transition into Educational Programs) provides academic supports to students with learning disorders and disabilities. The program offers professional and peer tutoring, weekly academic progress tutoring, counseling, and more.
WorkOne Centers and Schools: Collaboration = Success - A 6-page booklet that describes how, by working together, schools and WorkOne Centers can strengthen students' career plans, enhance classroom curriculum, offer students opportunities to gain marketable skills, provide information about local employers, teach job seeking and job retention skills, and offer job placement services.
National Resources & Links
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.
National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities--a toolkit of information, strategies, timelines, and resources published by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Youthhood – a transition planning website for teens.
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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.
Work Incentives— Information from Social Security about work incentives for SSDI and SSI beneficiaries.