Parents

INDIANA PARENT IEP SURVEY

The Indiana Department of Education-Office of Special Education (IDOE) is asking for your help with an important survey to learn more about how Indiana families feel about the special education services their schools provide. The survey is easy to complete and asks you to rate various items regarding your experience in working with school staff and about the special education services your child has received. All survey responses are confidential, and no individual information is disclosed.  Your responses will be combined with the responses from other parents in your school corporation, and a summary of the results will be provided to the school corporation and to IDOE. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Christina Furbee at cfurbee@doe.in.gov or at (317) 232-9142.

Click this link to take the survey


Parent Resources

The following information and links were provided by A.S.K. and are used by permission:

Indiana Transition Resources

 Social Security Administration
  • (800) 772-1213
  • www.ssa.gov
  • Provides cash assistance to low income children and adults with disabilities.
Medicaid / Hoosier Healthwise
  • (800) 889-9949
  • www.indianamedicaid.com
  • Public health insurance for children, young adults, and those with disabilities.
Ticket to Work
  • (855) 835-0010
  • www.ssa.gov/work
  • A program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/2636.htm
  • Provides individualized services to enhance and support people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain or retain employment.
Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (IIDC)
  • (812) 855-6508
  • www.instrc.indiana.edu
  • Center on Transition provides resources and technical assistance to families and professionals.
Bureau of Developmental Disabilities
  • www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/2639.htm
  • Services for individuals with developmental disabilities that enable them to live as independently as possible in their community.
Area Agencies on Aging
  • (800) 986-3503
  • www.in.gov/fssa/da/3478.htm
  • Provide case management, information, and referrals to various services for persons who are aging or developmentally disabled.
Indiana Council on Independent Living
  • (317) 232-2029
  • www.icoil.org/#!resources/cr2d
  • Provides information and peer support to individuals with disabilities regarding independent living services
Recreation
Special Olympics
  • (800) 742-0612
  • www.soindiana.org
  • Provides year-round sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Sports
  •  (317) 329-2000
  • http://rhin.com/rhi-sports-program
  • Provides year-round sports for individuals with physical disabilities.
Arc of Indiana
  • (800) 382-9100
  • www.arcind.org
  • Provides information, referrals, and advocacy regarding services for people with developmental disabilities.
Education Resources
Department of Education
  • (877) 851-4106
  • www.doe.in.gov/specialed
  • Special Education programs for eligible children who qualify from the ages of 3 through 21.
IN*SOURCE
  • (800) 332-4433
  • www.insource.org
  • Provides information about special education process and provides IEP support to families.
Indiana Postsecondary Education Coalition
  • www.thinkcollegeindiana.org
  • (812) 855-6508
  • Provides information on postsecondary education for people with intellectual disabilities.
Mental Health America of Indiana
  • (800) 555-6424
  • www.mhai.net
  • Resource for services to address mental health needs.
Indiana Legal Services
Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services
  • (800) 622-4845
  • www.in.gov/ipas
  • Provides information and support about the rights of children and adults with disabilities.
Self Advocates of Indiana
Conditions of Childhood (CYACC) Center for Youth and Adults with
  • (866) 551-0093
  • Provides consultation for youth and adults preparing to transition from pediatric to adult health care as well as all related issues for a successful transition to adulthood.
About Special Kids (ASK)
  • (800) 964-4746
  • www.aboutspecialkids.org
  • Provides information, peer support to families of youth and young adults with special needs
 


This list is not intended to be all inclusive.
About Special Kids: Answers for families of kids with special needs
Download the flyer, complete with links Rev 12/2015


Medicaid Waiver Information

  • Did you know there have been changes in the Medicaid Waivers effective September 1, 2012?
  • Did you know Support Services Waiver has been replaced with a new Family Supports Waiver?
  • Did you know the Developmental Disabilities and Autism Waivers have been combined into a new Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver?

    Information about the Medicaid Waivers and the changes can be found on the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services and the Arc of Indiana websites. Generally, the changes include:

    • The Family Supports Waiver will be used as the basic entry point to receive waiver services.
    • The Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver will be used as a "Needs Based" waiver only for people who meet specific criteria - that criteria is still being developed.
    • Individuals who are on a waiting list for the DD, Autism or Support Services Waivers will be targeted for the new Family
    • Supports Waiver based on their earliest date of application.
    • Individuals who currently receive services through the DD or Autism Waiver will be transitioned onto the new Community
    • Integration and Habilitation Waiver.


    Waiting List Web Portal

      The State of Indiana also has a Web Portal for students and parents to quickly identify their status on the Medicaid Waiver waiting list.
      For information and to access the portal. visit: www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/4328.htm

Waiting List Updates

FSSA posts updates on new enrollments to waiver services every Monday at: http://in.gov/fssa/ddrs/3347.htm

Families who need to apply for the Waiver, should contact their local Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) office. The local office contact may be located on the map at http://www.in.gov/fssa/files/BDDS.pdf

--Thanks to Teresa Grossi at tgrossi@indiana.edu.


Summer Camps in Indiana for Students with Disabilities

Taking the Next Step The SBCSC manual for students transitioning from school services.

Navigating the Course: Finding Your Way Through Indiana's Special Education Rules

  • An overview and practical resource to help parents, advocates, school personnel, and students understand the requirements of Indiana’s special education rules.

Indiana Department of Education website: Laws, Rules and Interpretations

  • Has links to all the legislation governing Special Education Law, including Spanish versions.

Special Edition, the newsletter for the South Bend School Special Education Services