Autism Behind the Wheel: Teaching Teens and Young Adults with ASD to Drive

Driving is an important milestone in the lives of teenagers and young adults. No longer do they have to ask Mom or Dad for a ride to their friends’ houses. Now they can drive themselves to school, work, and beyond, giving them more freedom over their own schedules. Learning to drive is an opportunity for teens and young adults to earn their independence.

Learning to drive is a long and complicated process, though, and for teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), learning to drive (and deciding whether to learn) has unique complications.

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Best Home Modifications for Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

Every hour, three children in the United States are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD (Nagib & Williams, 2018). More research is being conducted every year on Sensory Processing Disorder, or SPD. There’s increased awareness around both disorders, but no one knows how to deal with them better than you and your family. Your home should be a refuge from the outside world, but it doesn’t always feel that way.

As the parent of a child with ASD/SPD, you may feel your home is a place of chaos and disarray. It’s easy to feel trapped. Worry, embarrassment, and crisis management can become part of the routine.

While the science on home modifications for these disorders is underserved, it is growing. This article will take a research-based view to find which home modifications have made a real difference in the lives of ASD/PSD families. It’ll discuss the foundational principles of modifications and why they’re important. Finally, it’ll give examples of changes you can make to your own home.

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The Parents Guide to Internet Safety, Security and Screen Time for Kids

The ultimate guide on how to talk to your kids about screen addiction, cyberbullying, safe messaging, self esteem, smartphones, tv, video games, cybercrime and more.

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Relay4Autism

An exciting part of the Relay4Autism events is you are able to create your own “RELAY TEAMS.” Relay4Autism teams can be 5 people, 10 people or your whole organization! There is no number of how many people you can have in your team! It’s a great opportunity to show support for your local area!

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Autism & Dental Care: A Guide For Their Oral Treatment

Going to the dentist can be a cause for anxiety for most of us, but it’s a very different feeling for those with autism. Our dental experts Dr. Greg Grillo and Dr. David Hudnall have spent countless hours helping patients and caregivers prepare for upcoming dental visits as well as helping them with tips and techniques that ensure proper oral health habits in the future.

Patients with special needs often have difficulty staying still and allowing the dentist to do what’s needed, which is why a loved one should always be present. Everyone needs a “figurative” hand to hold sometimes, especially those who fear the dentist, and it’s no different for patients with autism. Luckily, there are ways to find a dentist for autistic patients and this article is here to help.

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The Autism Chronicle – June 2019

Did you know ASI provides Direct Care throughout the whole state of Indiana?

The Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) Direct Care Program serves all families and individuals affected by autism with respite care and participant assistance & care (PAC).
Respite Care services address the importance of caring for the caregiver. The daily stresses of caring for someone with autism can range from practical problems such as sleep deprivation from caring for a child who is not sleeping, to emotional problems like guilt and marital strife.
Core Values for ASI’s Respite Care Program:
  • Consistency is best for children with autism.
  • Respite care, through ASI, is not based on financial need.
  • Families have the right to choose their caregiver.
  • Respite is caregiving, not therapy or intervention.

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Different Brains

DifferentBrains.org is the 501(C)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ALL neurodiversity!
Different Brains​’ neurodiverse team produces media (including videos, podcasts, blogs, books, and documentaries) and provides free resources for all neurodiverse conditions — intellectual and developmental differences, neurological problems, and mental health challenges — while highlighting the people making a difference and directly mentoring the next generation of self-advocates​. Join us as we share the voices for acceptance, inclusion, awareness, education, employment, and equality from around the world!

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Free Reading Tests For Your Child

Spring is often a time in the school year when parents question whether or not their child is actually reading at grade level. The Kaufman Parent ScreeningTests help parents answer this question. These tests are now available free of charge at SmartKidCantRead.com.

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Bullying and Substance Abuse: Who It Affects and Why

Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects. It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk.

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Autism Support Network

Looking for autism resources nearby? Check our listings for professionals and services that might help.

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Traveling with Autism: How to Handle Safety, Transitions, and Time in Transit

Traveling is a bit more complicated when you have a child on the autism spectrum, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. With some advance planning and a good safety strategy, you can make transitions and time in transit a lot more manageable.

Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, affects approximately one out of every 59 children in the United States. Families with kids who are on the autism spectrum often face unique challenges when planning a trip because so many children with autism struggle when out of their regular routines. Yet that does not mean families with children with autism should skip traveling. In fact, traveling can be quite beneficial for the entire family, including the child with autism.

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30 Ways to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month

We love getting EVERYONE involved in Autism Awareness Month. We like to take a goal-focused approach to our Autism Awareness Month activities by choosing projects that facilitate positive attitudes & discussions. We pass out materials, have contests, go to events, do extra talks, and try and engage EVERYONE we know and even some we do not know. We do a lot of shopping (with small amount of money, but we have to EAT and accessorize). Our families, pets, friends, and students all participate. It is a month filled with purposeful fun. Here are some of the things we will be doing. Please share any activities or projects that you know about.

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Moving With Autism: How to Plan Your Transition to a New Home

If you have a loved one with autism, you know how important predictability and routines are. All of that goes out the window when you have to pack up your house and move. Whether it’s around the corner or to a new country, relocating can be especially difficult for a family member who is on the autism spectrum. Although you can’t eliminate all anxiety a move may cause, you can do many things to make the process easier on your loved ones and yourself.

Since autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children, you are not alone in your desire to find information that can make home relocation easier. The need to keep your child or family member on the autism spectrum on a routine remains just as important — possibly even more so — when you move from one home to another. Fortunately, a wealth of resources are designed with families like yours in mind. This guide highlights ways to plan and execute the transition to your new home.

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Autism Support Network Resources

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Sensory-Friendly Home Modifications for Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

When you have a child or family member on the autism spectrum, creating a safe and functional home environment is an important task. Autism can have a huge impact on an individual’s development, lifestyle, and social connections. People on the spectrum can be particularly sensitive to lights, sounds, and other stimuli. Many crave order and routines to make sense of the world. Safety can be a concern for those who wander, are drawn to water, or are prone to head banging or self injury.

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Autism Resource Center

This Resource Center was made possible by a grant from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Campaign for America’s Kids (CFAK).

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The Ultimate Guide to Helping Children With Autism Sleep Soundly at Night

It can be difficult for children with autism and other special needs to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. Those lost hours of slumber not only take a toll on the children – who may be more irritable and prone to behavior problems – but also on their bleary-eyed parents. If you are struggling to help your child “power down” or relax at night, you are not alone.

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Advocating for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Navigating today’s educational system is not an easy or straightforward task for anyone, whether students, parents, teachers, or administrators. For parents of children with autism spectrum disorder, making sure your kids get a fair and useful education involves even more complicated considerations and decisions.

This guide discusses issues surrounding the education of students on the autism spectrum, including the rights and responsibilities of parties involved, plus governing laws, programs, and additional resources. The information also includes classroom concerns and accommodations, considerations for choosing an appropriate school setting, options for dispute resolution, and tips for further advocacy.

Whether you decide to homeschool or place your child in the public education system, it’s important to know the available options and stay informed to advocate most effectively for your child’s education and well-being.

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Keeping Your Child with Autism Safe

A recent study by the American Journal of Public Health examined national mortality data and found that individuals with a diagnosis of autism died on average 35.8 years younger than individuals in the general population. Their research also found that the difference in deaths caused by injury was almost as striking.

Most parents place their children’s safety as a top priority as a rule. But for parents of children with autism, the reality is that it can be even more difficult to keep your children safe from themselves and others simply because of the nature of their disorder. However, parents of children with autism should not live in constant fear: there are tips parents and caregivers of kids with autism can follow to make sure they stay safe.

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How to Help Your Child with Autism Overcome Picky Eating

Picky Eating is the common term for what Picky Eaters do. These children are hard to please and to feed in general, but they rarely end up starving themselves. Patterns of “over-selecting” food are common among children with developmental disorders, but they are also common among all children. Estimates vary widely among studies, but in a recent report, the estimate was about one-fifth of all children.

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How to Help Your Child with Autism Cope During and After a Move

There’s a reason moving is considered one of the top five most stressful situations in life, right up there with divorce, job loss, major illness, and the death of a loved one. It’s no secret why. In addition to being a major hassle, it disrupts your life in ways that push even the most organized, experienced adults to their mental and physical limits.

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The Ultimate Guide to Improving Sleep in Autistic Children

One of the biggest issues those with autism face is sleeping problems. This is actually a very common issue autistic children and adults have, and if fixed can have a positive effect on a lot of aspects of their lives.

We all know how we can become irritable when we don’t get a good night’s sleep. Now, if your autistic child is continuously having trouble falling and staying asleep, think about how that affects their behavior every single day!

With that in mind, we wanted to write the ultimate guide on how to get your autistic child to sleep better. We cover why sleep is important for your special child, what sleep medications can help, and how to set up a routine for success!

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20 Tips For Keeping Your Child With Special Needs Safe In Your Home

Many individuals with Autism and other special needs, including my 18-year-old son, Michael, might not be aware of the numerous potential dangers that exist in our homes. That is why we, as parents of kids with special needs, often need to be extra vigilant when it comes to household safety, remembering that “child-proofing” our homes is sometimes necessary for our adult offspring as well as our young children. Here are 20 tips that can help you keep your child or someone else with special needs safe while he or she is in your home.

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Banishing the Babysitting Blues

Parenting children with AS can be a joyous, rewarding and eye-opening experience. It can also be challenging, and at times exhausting. We all need breaks in our parenting hours to rest, refuel, and regenerate ourselves. For most families, that means hiring a babysitter—but where do you find one, and how can you help to ensure that the experience will go well? Here are a few thoughts.

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Travel Tips for Children With Autism

Kids with autism thrive on set schedules, and vacations in new places far from home can cause discomfort and disrupt routines. With proper planning and organizing, you can help your child adjust so everyone in the family can travel together.

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Helping each brain be the best it can be…nothing added.

Brain Fitness is a provider of Neurofeedback training services for children, teens and adults.  This brain training program collects cortical activity via EEG, electroencephalograph, and then provides the brain with the information to allow the brain to learn and self-regulate for optimal functioning.

  • Non-invasive
  • No diagnosis necessary
  • No brain mapping or special testing required
  • Sensory friendly office environment
  • Now offering-Home rental systems
  • Free phone consultations

Learn more online @ www.beyourbestbrain.com or email Kristi@beyourbestbrain.com.

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With combined efforts and generosity we have assured local children ongoing, individualized therapy, as well as, support and resources for their families. Donate now and make all the difference, with your help we are able to connect children to essential services.

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Every time you buy online Amazon donates to FAR. Just go to AMAZON SMILE and make the Foundation for Autism Resources your charity. <br>

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Fear of Food

For some children food refusal isn’t just pickiness, it’s a medical condition called Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.
Dr Gillian Greville-Harris offers advice.

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7 Aspergers symptoms in 90 seconds

Daniel Jones outlines Aspergers symptoms to help in understanding if someone is on the the autism spectrum.

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Tony Attwood – Aspergers in girls

Professor Tony Attwood gives an in-depth lecture on what it means to be an Aspie female.

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Autism Parenting Magazine

P to the 6th Power: Helping Children with Special Needs Take Flight

“P to the 6th Power is at the heart of a program called “Wings for Autism” taking place at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. As Jon Meyers, Executive Director of The Arc of Arizona (a not-for-profit organization that connects families and self-advocates to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities) explained:

“Wings for Autism” is a national initiative of The Arc designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with autism or other I/DD experience when traveling by air. The program provides families the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security, boarding a plane, and taxiing around the airport – every aspect of the air travel process short of actually leaving the ground. Wings for Autism also gives airport, airline, and Transportation Security Administration professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment.”

This program is so successful that in its first three years, they have hosted approximately 750 participants (children with autism or other I/DD and family members), and, according to Jon, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”

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“Allies in Autism” – Annual Business Partners

It began with a real need. Hopebridge exists to serve children with autism spectrum disorder, the families who love them and communities that provide support. Our center-based mission is to simplify and increase access to leading-edge, integrated therapies that produce optimal outcomes. We don’t treat a diagnosis; we treat individuals. Hopebridge autism therapy centers are committed to providing personalized therapy for kiddos touched by behavioral, physical, social, communication and sensory challenges. The goal of our care is to help them blossom into their best selves.

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Holiday Planning – Resources for Families

The holiday season brings its joys – and potential challenges – for persons with autism. Disrupted routines, travel, house guests, and new foods and experiences abounding, it can be completely overwhelming.

Click here for our collection of tips, tricks and recipes.

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New book release-Defining Autism A Guide to Brain, Biology, and Behavior

Written by Emily L. Casanova and Manuel F. Casanova. The Casanovas are past ARI webinar presenters.

From ARI Director Steve Edelson, “Finally! A book on autism that discusses important and relevant issues with scientific support. This is must reading for parents and professionals who want to know the facts about autism. The book is clear, concise, and quite insightful.”

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Free Disability Scholarship Resources

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires all schools to accommodate the differing needs of their disabled students. Thankfully, this act made it easier for disabled students to choose the school of their choice without having to worry as much about their accommodations.

Several schools actively recruit for disabled students. Fortunately, there are also several scholarships offered specifically for those with disabilities. If you have a disability or are the parent of a disabled child, you will find several scholarship opportunities available.

Click here to see the available disability scholarships available

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The PLAY Project’s Autism Intervention Program

Helping young children with autism reach their full potential through PLAY

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Handmade, Handcrafted INspiration!

June 2015, my friend Lindsey had shown me some leather bracelets she had found on the internet and said, “You could totally make these!” So after some months of creating some very unique pieces and gifting them to friends or wearing them myself I was approached by a local shop that carries handmade items from local artisans. I loved creating them and would be thrilled to share with the local community. They were unique enough to get attention but not mainstream enough to sell to the general public, so with some modifications we moved to the design that you see now and have been growing exponentially over the last year. We now have our cuffs in a few locations in Indiana and one in North Carolina and continuing to expand. I have been exploring new designs as well so come back often. It has been a lot of fun crafting these cuffs for you, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy creating them!

We also support local charities and give back as much as we can! Contact us about fundraising opportunities!

For custom orders, fundraising opportunities, or any questions you may have, please feel free to contact us at: kathy@kathybolesdesigns.com

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College for Students with Disabilities:
A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators

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Laceez™ No Tie Shoelaces

A few years ago my wife Sarah and I struggled with our daughter Savannah’s untied shoes. Savannah had difficulties with fine motor skills due to autism.

Finally, Sarah had a bright idea that would change our lives forever! She took a piece of narrow elastic and replaced Savannah’s shoestrings with it, cleverly knotting each end at the top holes—the first prototype for our very own No Tie Shoelaces!

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Sensa Calm Blankets

WHAT CAN A WEIGHTED BLANKET DO FOR YOU?

Our custom weighted blankets and other products can be therapeutic for anyone with Anxiety, Insomnia, Autism, ADHD, PTSD and sensory processing disorders. They are designed by our brilliant sewing team, then customized and shipped to your door. Our products can lessen the effects associated with sensory disorders by:

  • Helping you or your child sleep through the night
  • Reducing anxiety and stress
  • Easing restlessness and irritability in the elderly
  • Preventing or short-circuiting a meltdown
  • Improving focus
  • Easing transitions

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Special Olympic Allen County

Special Olympics Allen County is for anyone with an intellectual disability. To be eligible to compete in Special Olympics an individual must be 8 years of age or older; AND have been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability OR closely related developmental disability. More than 11,000 children and adults in Indiana train and compete through County Programs. Allen County offers year-round sports programming in 5 sports. All athletes must have a current medical form signed by a physician on file with their county program. The form is valid for 3 years. An application for participation form must be completed before an athlete participates in any Special Olympics training or competition. Our athletes have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities. Special Olympics Allen County receives no federal- or state-appropriated funds, is not a United Way Agency, and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individual donations.

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Maple Seed Farms

We help people with developmental and intellectual disabilities transition into the next stage of life. Transitions are difficult for everyone. For those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, this is especially true. At Maple Seed Farms, we’re here to help.

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Autism, ADHD, And Sleep

Sleep problems are common among children and adults with autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While those with autism spectrum disorder or ADHD may be more commonly affected by sleep disorders and other sleep challenges, a lack of sleep can exacerbate symptoms of autism or ADHD. However, with healthy sleep habits and treatment, sleep problems and the daytime challenges they present may be alleviated or eliminated.

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New University Study on ASD

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Recruiting Children (2-7 years) Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder for a Study on How Diet Affects the Gut Bateria and Behavior is ADS
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Erskine Green – Training Institute

A program of The Arc of Indiana Foundation – Creating opportunities for people with disabilities that empower and lead to meaningful employment. For up to date training and special events information, click here.
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Total Spectrum Care

Total Spectrum provides in-home ABA therapy to children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We often work with dual diagnoses as well. We work on a multitude of skills from functional communication and potty training to functional living and social skills. We provide therapy in the home, but often program for community outings to encourage peer interaction and community involvement. Total Spectrum works to maximize each learner’s progress and highest level of independence. Our office number is (630) 359-3629 and more information can be found on our website: www.totalspectrumcare.com.
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HANDS in Autism®

Employment Opportunities Are you a licensed professional in the field of special education, psychology or other related field and with a range of experience training individuals with ASD/DD/ID in educational and/or other community-based settings? Do you have interest in conducting direct programming as well as a full range of outreach, education and training across the state? The HANDS in Autism® Special Educational Specialist will provide consultation in special education related areas on a team of experts in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities across the lifespan. In addition, this specialist will:

  • Provide a range of consultation and follow-up services at the Center as well as within the community setting
  • Provide basic educational materials to families, school personnel, and other caregivers and providers
  • Create tools utilized for education/training in clinical and research formats
  • Assist in research and student training activities
  • Conduct ongoing workshops and trainings to a range of consumers.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in Special Education or closely related field and 2 years of experience working with individuals with autism spectrum and/or related disabilities, as well as state licensure appropriate to the discipline. Job listing: 04207P Special Education Support Specialist  Autism Advocate – Carmel, IN Bryan Maloney
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Smile & Succeed for Teens by Kirt Manecke

A CRASH COURSE in social skills for teens to ensure success in school, work and life. The solution to get your teens to put down the electronics (and feel good about it!). Triple award-winner!

Click here to learn more – http://www.smilethebook.com/
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Important Information About Your MDwise – Manage Care Coverage

As of April 1, 2017, MDWise will no longer be offering the Hoosier Care Connect (HCC) plan to current or new Managed Care members. MDwise will continue to serve Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and Hoosier Healthwise (HHW) members. What do I do? Between February 15, 2017 – March 15, 2017, you will need to select which Managed Care entity (MCE) you would like to join. If you are an MDWise member on a Hoosier Care Connect plan, you will need to select a new Managed Care Entity (MCE) – either Anthem or Managed Health Services (MHS). Both offer the same Medicaid services but may work with different hospitals, specialists, doctors, or programs. Click here to see a plan summary. Right now, you still have Medicaid, and will receive full Medicaid benefits as an HCC member. Currently authorized services will continue for up to 30 days, or until the end of the authorization (whichever comes first). We suggest looking at each MCE’s provider list to make sure your primary health provider and specialists you are seeing are in-network. You can do this by calling the HCC helpline at 866-963-7383 or by visiting these websites: Anthem – www.anthem.com/inmedicaid Managed Health Services – www.mhsindiana.com If you do not make a choice to move to either Anthem or Managed Health Services by March 15, 2017, you will be automatically assigned to one based on which entity your primary medical provider is an in-network provider. If you are unhappy with your assignment, you will be able to change until August 1, 2017. We realize that this information may come as a surprise to you, as you might not have yet received prior notification. We are here to help guide you through the process of how to select a new Managed Care Entity so that there is no gap in your services. If you would like to speak with someone from the Autism Society of Indiana, please call: 800-609-8449 and type in your zip code. An Autism Ally in your area is more than happy to help!!
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Upcoming ASK Community Workshops

Life with Stress, Balance and a Plan February 2nd – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Ft Wayne March 16th – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Ft. Wayne My Child Has Special Needs: Now What? February 9th – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Ft. Wayne February 23rd – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Indianapolis March 6th – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Lafayette March 22nd – 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Ft. Wayne It’s Not WHAT You Say . . . It’s HOW You Say it: Effective Communication February 21st – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Ft. Wayne February 22nd – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Lafayette Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process March 7th – 8:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Ft. Wayne Public Health Insurance: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You February 14th – 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Indianapolis To learn more and register http://www.aboutspecialkids.org/training/training-descriptions/
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Beers Mallers Backs & Salin, LLP – Attorneys At Law

110 W. Berry Street, Suite 1100 Fort Wayne, IN 46802 T: 260.426-9706 F: 260.420-1314 Email: cbcox@beersmallers.com http://www.beersmallers.com _______________________________________________________________

Autism Companion

Mission The Autism Companion Magazine is a resource for people who want to learn more about autism and how it affects our community. Program Description The magazine will be printed four times a year with each issue’s digital version being available at www.autismcompanion.com. If individuals would like to have the magazine mailed directly to the home, school or business, yearly subscriptions are available through the website. The magazine is being produced as a local resource for parents, educators and medical professionals in the autism community in Central Indiana. _______________________________________________________________

The Arc of Indiana Utility Support Program

The Arc of Indiana’s Utility Support Program can assist families with utility costs, including payment for utility bills, funding to reactivate or prevent disconnection of services, deposit assistance to begin services, and funding to cover back utility debt. Click here to learn more about this program _______________________________________________________________

Play4Autism – Kidz Into Action Program (Sports)

By participating in our Kidz into Action Program(s) children will be given the opportunity to improve their self esteem, social, communication and leadership skills and also teach them how to sustain regular lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life. We believe that by teaching the basics of team play they will learn the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and community in a fun and safe atmosphere . Click here to review all of our programs and to register.
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Open Enrollment Period-Affordable Care Act-Act Now

If you have an insurance plan (through an employer or elsewhere) that does not provide the benefits your family members need, now is the time to purchase a plan on the ACA exchange.  Some families with children with autism may have self-insured plans that do not provide needed treatments.  If this is your situation, and you live in a blue state (see map below), you may want to purchase a child-only plan on the exchange.   If you plan on using more than 10 hours a week of ABA, you may want to purchase a Platinum level plan, as there are no deductibles and the out of pocket annual costs are lower.  It is important to know with all the changes on the horizon, that ACA plans will be in effect for the 2017 year. Blue States include ABA as an essential health benefit in the Health Exchange  You are in a “grandfathered health plan” if the plan covered you or your family on March 23, 2010 and has largely remained the same since then, or if your employer has not made significant changes since then. You can find out whether your plan is grandfathered by checking the plan materials or asking your insurer or employer. If you have a grandfathered plan and a child with a significant mental health condition, and you expect that your child may need substantial mental health treatment in the coming year, now is the time to purchase a plan for that child. New plans will all have the protection of the Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and must provide intermediate forms of treatment, including residential, partial hospital, and intensive outpatient care. End of year is time for Giving and Reflection We at MHAIP have had a busy and exciting year. Some of the things that we have done with your generous donations include:

  • Fielding your questions via phone and e-mail from families and providers. We get approximately 2 phone calls and 2 e-mails a day from the general public. We make an effort to return every phone call and e-mail that we get.
  • Working on a new website with updated information –it should be unveiled early in the new year.
  • Giving over 20 presentations in the community and at relevant conferences, training families, providers, family resource workers, physicians and others on how to work with insurance.
  • Building a network of skilled attorneys with whom we consult and hand off challenging cases.
  • Helping families with Medicaid access behavioral health services and speech therapy.
  • Working with attorneys to help make Wilderness programs a covered benefit.
  • In the new year, we want to continue all of these important projects as well as work with legislators at both the state and federal level, to make sure that important aspects of health care reform that have helped our families, remain part of the law.

If any of these things are important to you, please contribute!!! WAYS TO GIVE

You can also always donate through through the Pay Pal link below or on our website.
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Post-Secondary Services for Persons with Disabilities in Indiana

The 2017-2018 Edition of the “College & Post-Secondary Services for Persons with Disabilities in Indiana” is now available. The college survey is available on our website at 2017-2018 College Survey. This document lists colleges and post-secondary services for people with disabilities in Indiana. After reviewing this material and you would like to have one mailed to you, please contact the South Bend office at (800) 332-4433 or at insource@insource.org.
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Foundation for Autism Resources

More than 25,000!!!

That’s how many hours of individualized ABA therapy FAR children received this past year (2016). Those hours benefit the whole family. Each child’s program is designed to meet the needs of the child and the family; addressing challenges and building on strengths. ABA therapy is a well-researched approach that successfully helps individuals acquire many different skills such as communication, self-help and play skills.

“We are grateful for the help we receive through FAR to get our child the help he needs to be the best possible version of himself.” – FAR parent

Your donation has an immediate impact on a local child & family. The funds raised in our #FARConnectsFamilies campaign go directly to assure children and families receive high quality, essential services.

  • FAR families commit to consistent involvement in their child’s program.
  • FAR commits to connecting children and families to ongoing services.
  • Families live in nine Indiana counties.
  • FAR’s service provider network has six ABA providers.
  • In 2017, two more families will join FAR. FAR will increase outreach to underserved areas and expand our service provider network.

We can’t do it without you. Please donate today Donate Here (every dollar counts!)

FAR is a federally recognized nonprofit. All donations are tax deductible

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A Parent’s Guide to Autism: Practical Advice. Biblical Wisdom.
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Travel Tips for Persons with Autism
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Entering your child’s world through an IEP
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12/6/16 & 1/3/17 Boundaries Crossed: Asperger’s Youth Group Ivy Tech campus Fort Wayne 6:15- 7:15 PM Preregistration is required Tommy@partnersinautism.com or call (260) 446-6532
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Support Groups

12/6/16 & 1/3/17 Boundaries Crossed: Asperger’s Youth Group Ivy Tech campus Fort Wayne 6:15- 7:15 PM Preregistration is required Tommy@partnersinautism.com or call (260) 446-6532
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12/13/16 & 1/10/17 sperger’s Adult Group Lutheran Hospital Cafeteria 6:00 PM For more information email Sue Christman at schristm@esarc.org _______________________________________________________________

12/20/16 & 1/17/17 EEE Autism Support Group Meeting Dupont Branch Library, Fort Wayne 6:30 – 8:00 PM Kelly Pence at kelly@inautism.org _______________________________________________________________

12/20/16 & 1/17/17 Dekalb Health Autism Support Group Dekalb Memorial Hospital Conference room 303B 6:00 PM For more information call the Occupational Rehabilitation Department at (260)920.2632
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Family Voices of Indiana – Partner Referral Forms

English- http://www.fvindiana.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Referral_Form_0816.pdf

Spanish- http://www.fvindiana.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Referral_Form_0816.pdf

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Free iPad – Autism Speaks Autism Speaks is thrilled to announce that this year, 685 iPad Airs will be awarded to financially disadvantaged people with autism. The application is now open! Eligible applicants are individuals who:

  • Have been diagnosed with autism by a licensed professional
  • Reside in the United States
  • Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad

The timeline is below: November 7: Online application opens at 6:00 a.m. EST November 11: Application closes at 11:59 p.m. EST November 15 – December 9: Review committee selects recipients December 15: Recipients announced and iPads sent out! Applications must be submitted by the person with autism, an immediate family member of the person with autism, or a licensed social worker or therapist. The Technology Grant Review Committee will review applications and select the iPad award recipients. All applicants selected to receive an iPad Air will be contacted by December 15. If selected, the iPad will be shipped via UPS directly to the address provided with the application. Others will receive an email informing them of their status. Click here to apply! You must create a login and further instructions will be provided. Questions? Contact us at ipads@autismspeaks.org. Please note that emails will take up to 12 hours to receive a response, but every email will be answered! Also, we cannot accept applications from outside the United States.
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Family Voices of Indiana – Updated Information 1. We have a NEW toll free number! Just dial 844-F2F-INFO (844-323-4636) to be connected with a specialist who best meets your needs, including someone who is bilingual, if you need support in Spanish. We have a NEW fax number, too: 317-960-4291 2. We have a NEW website! Visit www.fvindiana.org to find resources, fact sheets, contact info, and MORE! 3. We have NEW Transition to Adulthood fact sheets and trainings! Learn more about supported decision making, guardianship, employment, special needs trusts, and more. 4. We have a NEW logo! We updated our logo to better represent our mission of advocacy BY families FOR families. We encourage you to share your voice and advocate for your own family and others. 5. We have IMPROVED materials! We work hard to keep our resources updated, so you always have access to helpful and relevant resources! Enjoy our NEW features! We look forward to serving you!
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Autism Resources for Families

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Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

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Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents

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Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping

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CDC Autism Links and Resources

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Moving with Special Needs Kids

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Operation Autism for Military Families

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Academic Accommodation Resources

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Home Modifications for Kids with Sensory Concerns

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Temple Grandin’s Teaching Tips

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Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism

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Autism Art Gallery
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Positive Behavior Intervention & Support
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Indiana Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services
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Schools with special education Brown County Schools www.brownco.K12.in.us Hamilton Southeast Schools www.hse.k12.in.us/adm/academics/sped.aspx Mississinewa Community Schools www.olemiss.k12.in.us/index.cfm?pid=6586 Muncie Community Schools www.muncie.k12.in.us Vincennes Community School Corporation www.vcsc.k12.in.usT The Fortune Academy Autism School Accredited www.thefortuneacademy.org Any other schools equipped with special education that want to be listed can send their information to Indiana Autism Alliance at indianaautismalliance.org. We will post the information as soon as possible.
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What To Do When The Auditors Come To Your ABA Agency
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HARSHA Autism Center (Formerly known as Harsha Cognitive Center) www.harshacognitive.com _______________________________________________________________

Autism Evansville Voucher Program Those who are 18 and under with ASD living in the counties of Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer, Pike and Gibson are eligible. Four vouchers up to $500 each will be awarded in December. For more information, please visit: http://autismevansville.org/what-we-do/voucher-program/
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Special NeedsToys www.specialneedstoys.com/usa 1-866-749-2737 Mention Sensory Critters.com MM3
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A Day in Our Shoes www.adayinourshoes.com
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Indianapolis ABA Parents https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/abaparentindy/info
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Deafness with Autism www.audiologyonline.com/articles/deafness-with-autism-school-age-13001
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Summit Equestrian Center www.summitequestrain.org
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AutiPlan www.autiplan.com/help-children-with-autism-focus
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Fort 4 Auti www.fort4autism.org
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Autism Things www.autismthings.com
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Day 2 Day Parenting www.day2dayparenting.com/language-delay-signs-of-autism/
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The Autism Helper www.theautismhelper.com/teaching-following-one-step-instructions/
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Typing 4 Change https://typing4change.com/tag-autism-experience/
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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders https://www.deepdyve.com/browse/journals/journal-of-autism-and-developmental-disorders
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Researching Autism www.researchautism.net/autism/autism-resources/autism-journals
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Network For Good www.networkforgood.org/topics/health/autism/
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ASNCI www.asnci.org
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Autism Speaks Asks: Got Questions https://www.autismspeaks.org
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Art Mix Art Redefining Disability www.artmixindiana.orgs
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Age of Autism www.ageofautism.com/2010/03/a-mothers-perspective-what-is-autism.html
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Autism USA.NET www.autismusa.net/internet.php/
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4Cs Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc www.4csindiana.org
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NOBLE Dream it, Live it www.mynoblelife.org/
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Purdue University Speech, Language, and Hearing Services
www.purdue.edu/hhs/slhs/clinics/speech_language/programs.php#pragmatic
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Oaklawn Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Elkhart and South Bend
www.oaklawn.org
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The Logan Center SouthBend www.logancenter.org Support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
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Autism Store-Tools for Kids on the Spectrum since 1995 www.difflearn.com
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Tinsnips – Specialized Tools For Special Teachers www.tinsnips.org
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Wrights Law: From Emotions to Advocacy- Special Education Guide by Pam & Pete Wright
www.fetaweb.com
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Special Education News
www.specialednews.com
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Center on Technology and Disability
www.ctdinstitute.org
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National Autism Network
www.nationalautismnetwork.com
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Wellness Philosophy
www.thewellnessphilosophy.com
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The GFCF Diet Intervention – Autism Diet
www.gfcfdiet.com
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Indiana University — Autism
www.iuhealth.org/behavioral-health/autism-spectrum-disorder/
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ABA AUTISM SERVICES by DAMAR
www.damaraba.org
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The Sibling Support Project
www.siblingsupport.org
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Organization For Autism Research
www.researchautism.org
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Indiana Mentor
www.in-mentor.com
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Do 2 Learn-a Resource for Individuals with Special Needs
www.do2learn.com/index.htm
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ASK Access Johnson County Dial-a-Ride
www.accessjohnsoncounty.org
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Sensory Processing Disorder
www.sensory-processing-disorder.com
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Ride the Spectrum for Autism
www.ridethespectrum.org
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taalk Autism Foundation
www.itaalk.org
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INABC
www.inabc.org
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Behavior Source-Mental Health Counseling
www.behaviorsource.org
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Behavior Works ABA-ABA Works for Autism
www.behaviorworks.aba.org
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Autism Hope Alliance
www.autismhopealliance.org
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Artswork Home Page
www.artsworkindiana.org
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The Arc of Decatur County
www.Thearcofdecaturcounty.org
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Autism Key: News ,Support & Autism Information for Families
www.autismkey.com
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Look Up
www.lookupindiana.org
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Home of the Innocents-Our Region Open Arms to Kids in Crisis
www.homeoftheinnocents.org
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Helping Challenged Children, Inc
www.helpingchallengedchildren.org
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Indiana Hands and Voices
www.inhandsandvoices.org
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GI Kids
www.gikids.org
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CSHCS Children’s Special Health Care Services
www.in.gov/isdh/19613.htm
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Center for Children with Special Needs
wwwcshcn.org
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Bully Prevention Alliance
www.bpindyinc.org
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Benchmark Human Services: Where People with Disabilities Thrive
www.benchmarkhs.com
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The Northwest Indiana Parents of Special Needs Kids
www.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/nwiparentsofspecialneeds/info
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Lakes Area Autism Network
www.laansupport.webs.com
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National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana
www.northwestindianaautism.com
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Autism Risk and Safety Management
www.autismriskmanagement.com
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Autism Key: Unlock the Mystery
www.autismkey.com
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Indiana Choice Scholarships
www.doe.in.gov/choice
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BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER of FT. WAYNE Identify the issues, set a path and get your child on track. 1-800-877-5500 www.brainbalancecenters.com/locations/ft-wayne/
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BRIDGES: Home and Community Based Services Therapeutic Services: Music and recreational therapy and Behavioral Sevices
www.bridgesofindiana.com 855-828-4731
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Turnstone Creating Possibilities
www.turnstone.org 260-483-2100
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SOME LOCATIONS FOR ABA THERAPY NORTH

6142 St. Joe Center Road Fort Wayne (260)517-3811

CENTRAL 225 S. School Street Brownsburg (317)858-8630

7901 E. 88th Street Indianapolis (317)849-5437 13431

Old Meridian St. Carmel (317)573-5437

7857 E. 88th St. Indianapolis (317)849-5437 374

Meridian Parke Lane Greenwood (317)889-5437 6865

Parkdale Place Indianapolis (317)299-5437

1920 Chester Blvd Richmond (765)987-5437

SOUTH 700 Missouri Avenue Jeffersonville (812)288-4688
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H.E.L.P. Our Kids
www.help-our-kids.org
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CRG-Serving Children, Adolescents and Adults
www.childrensresourcegroup.com
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The Council on Developmental Disabilities
www.councilondd.org
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HOME-Complex Child
www.complexchild.org
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CHRISTIAN SARKINE AUTISM TREATMENT CENTER Helping children with support and guidance: The Riley Hospital for Children Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center at Indiana University Health evaluates and treats children all along the autism apectrum.

Services at the center include Consultation, Evaluation, Testing, Therapies (individual and family), Behavioral training, Manualized (step-by-step) treatments for anxiety and depression, Medical treatment, Opportunities for children to participate in research studies for new treatments.

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health
705 Riley Hospital Drive Indianapolis
(317)944-5000

Riley at IU North Meridian Crossing – Tower Three
11590 N. Meridian St. Carmel
(317)688-2000
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AUTISM HORSEBACK RIDING – CAMP RED CEDAR 3900 Hursh Road Fort Wayne 46845 Activities offered include camp, hippotherapy, horseback riding and riding lessons, Adaptive equipment available, Building access meets ADA requirements. Phone (260) 637 – 3608 Fax (260) 637 – 5483
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NORTHERN INDIANA SERVICE DOGS Rachel Miller, Director, Northern Indiana Service Dogs (574) 952 – 1635
www.northernindianaservicedogs.com
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Indiana Applied Behavior Analysis Institute
www.IndianaABAInstitute.com Contact: 1-888-667-1181
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Autism Support Network
www.autismsupportnetwork.com
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About Special Kids 317-257-8683 or 1-800-964-4746
www.aboutspecialkids.org
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The Fort Wayne Autism Center
www.fwautismcenter.com
2817 East Dupont Road Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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Children’s Autism Center 10313 Aboite Center Rd. Ft. Wayne In, 46804 260-459-6040
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Autism 360 : Letting the Data Talk
www.autism360.org/looking-answers-someone-autism-spectrum#.V4cCerch300.email
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Accesability/Building Advocates and Inclusive Communities
www.abilityindiana.org
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Autism Support Network –
www.AutismSupportNetwork.com
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Autism Parenting Magazine:
www.autismparentingmagazine.com
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INSOURCE Special Education Parent Support
www.insource.org
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Hopebridge Pediatrics – Fort Wayne 1300 Airport N. Office Park Fort Wayne Indiana, 46825 Phone — 260-471-9263 Fax — 260-471-9264 www.hopebridge.com
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Behavior Associates of Indiana
www.behavioraba.com
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Indiana – Talk About Curing Autism
www.tacanow.org
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Autism Interlock Indiana ECI
www.interlockin.org
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Parent Support Group Indiana
www.leb.k12.in.us
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Northwest Indiana Autism — INFEAT
www.infeat.org
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Autism Parent Care — Carmell Indiana
www.autismparentcare.com
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Easter Seals Taking on Disabilities Together
www.easterseals.com
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ARC of INDIANA
www.arcind.org
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Autism Evansville : Home
www.autismevansville.org
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Child’s Play – Autism
www.childsplayautism.com
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St.Mary’s Autism Services
www.stmarys.org
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ICAN – Indiana Canine Assistance Dogs
www.icandog.org
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Verbal Behavioral Center for Autism
www.vbca.org
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Meaningful Day Services
www.meaningfuldays.com
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The Lovaas Institute-Treatment for Children Diagnosed with Autism or a Related Disorder
www.lovaas.com
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Integrity Behavioral Solutions
www.integrityaba.com/#menu
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Crystal’s Behavior Solution’s-Helping Kids Connect in the World
www.crystalsaba.com
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Cornerstone Autism Center
www.cornerstoneautismcenter.com
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Behavior Analysis Center for Autism
www.thebaca.com
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The Autism Village
https://www.autismvillage.com
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Neuron Learning Program for english language students and struuggling learners
www.neuronlearning.com
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Studying With ADHD
https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/studying-with-adhd/
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Going to College with Asperger’s & Autism
https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/students-with-autism/
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Thriving in Trade School with a Disability
https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/vocational-trade-school/people-with-disabilities/
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Guide for Job Seekers & Workers with a Disability
https://www.moneygeek.com/careers/resources/workers-with-disabilities-and-ada/
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**Please understand – with the amount of resources that we post we may have an error at times.