Special Learning, Inc.
Finding funding for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is almost always complicated and time-consuming. Parents should prepare to set aside enough time to perform adequate research, meet contacts and develop both long- and short-term budgetary schedules.
HANDS in Autism
We have stayed busy last year supporting teams as part of coordinated care for patients in the Neurodiagnostic Institute, working with participants in several intensive trainings (from school team leaders to administrators, educators, and more), preparing for the new school year, and further collaboration with classrooms across the state. However, we could not have done it without your support. If you have ideas for resources, activities, or places where we can help disseminate information to support individuals with ASD, let us know!
Camp Red Cedar
Fun and adventure await you at Camp Red Cedar! We invite you to get outside and enjoy summer camp as it was intended to be — in the great outdoors! Our facilities and equipment are fully accessible, ensuring that campers of all abilities can fully engage in all that Camp Red Cedar has to offer.
Caring for the Eyes of Children with Special Needs
Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) can be at a higher risk for a wide range of visual problems, affecting their ability to interact with their environment. These issues can be broad or highly specific, ranging from general vision problems like blurred or double vision to more specialized difficulties like color blindness or structural eye anomalies.
College Planning Guide For Students with Learning Disabilities- Intelligent
Pursuing higher education is exciting and stressful for every college-bound student, but it can be more challenging for those with learning disabilities. It’s important that students who learn and think differently know how to get the additional support they may need.We created an extensive planning guide for students with learning disabilities to ensure they understand their rights, potential accommodations, and scholarships available specifically to them.
Information Network- Elopement and Wandering
What to do when an Individual with ASD Tends to Wander/Elope or Lack Sense of Danger? It is common for individuals with ASD to wander (or elope) away from home or parent/caregiver supervision, putting them at risk of dangerous or traumatic situations. It is important that families watch an individual’s behavior to avoid wandering and have an emergency plan in place in the event that the individual does wander.
Little Leaf ABA- Home-Based ABA Therapy
Little Leaf ABA is a provider of customized in-home ABA therapy services for children and adolescents who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Using principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we focus on skill acquisition and effective communication so that your child can lead a successful and independent life.
Our team of highly qualified and dedicated professionals are committed to providing our clients with unparalleled quality of service and care.
Transitioning to Adulthood
For many young autistic individuals, adulthood can seem like a mountain of responsibilities you need to climb. In the dark. Without a harness.This mentorship course is exactly what you need to get a firm grip on adult life on the spectrum! This mentorship course has been specially designed for neurodivergent individuals to take on the challenges that adulthood brings.
Driving with Autism
Driving with Autism is an online driver readiness program where any interested autistic or neurodiverse individual wants to learn how to drive and to obtain their license. We have a seasonal live eight part webinar series that breaks driving down into sizable segments with autism contexts.
Autism Driving Prep Education Classes
We are proud to offer “Driving With Autism: Driver Readiness Webinars.” This 8-part webinar series is taught by a live, virtual expert instructor and focuses on the very specific training needs of autistic individuals. Our goal is to help individuals know the expectations of learning to drive and going over concepts that most driver schools do not cover like sensory needs.
ADA Accessibility for Businesses
Accessibility is simply a smart decision for any business interested in better service and a deeper understanding of its customers. Our article details federal accessibility standards, ADA compliance for businesses, and how accessible UX design benefits business. We also cover best practices for web accessibility and resources for businesses as well as developers for making things easier for users and customers.
Succeed – ABA Therapy
At Succeed ABA our therapists provide the highest quality in-home ABA therapy to children on the Autism spectrum to help them to achieve their full potential! Click here to see the referral form, and click here to see accepted payers.
Special Stars Baseball Clinic
Join us for the third annual Special Stars Baseball Clinic! The morning will consist of fun skill drills and practice for kiddos with ANY ability level, followed by an all-inclusive game and awards ceremony. There will also be resources available for parents and caregivers! Click here to view the Sponsor Letter.
HANDS in Autism Summer Events
HANDS in Autism® is excited to start the summer/fall semester with events and trainings that you can be a part of! HANDS wanted to provide you with updates on offerings for the coming months!
Home Accessibility Checklist
Home modifications help people with disabilities stay in their homes longer by making it easier for them to complete the tasks of daily life. If you’ve considered adding modifications to your home, you already know there’s a lot to consider. From handicapped parking and ada wheelchair ramps to roll-in showers and chair-height sinks, all of the available modification options can be overwhelming. And federally-mandated handicap accessible home requirements are lengthy, technical, and change frequently.
Special Needs Grants
Please note that each grant resource is from an independent organization; none are associated with the Kaufman Children’s Center. The KCC has made every effort to provide high-quality and helpful grant information, but we cannot be held liable for errors or the quality of the grant sources. Information should be independently verified and confirmed. Questions about specific grants should be addressed to the organization offering the grant.
A Guide to Vehicle Modifications for People with Disabilities
People with disabilities can have specialized vehicle modifications installed in their cars. These modifications keep drivers with disabilities on the road and create more accessible vehicles. Common modifications include seat belt adjustments, safety bars and straps, ramps, swivel seats, and hand controls.
How to Move Your Family with Children on the Autism Spectrum
Moving to a new home is a turbulent time of transition for any family. For parents caring for a child on the autism spectrum, there is a unique set of challenges to overcome during a move. House-hunting and home-buying are typical obstacles, but there are also specific things to keep in mind when accommodating a child with autism. The Indiana Autism Alliance discusses a few.
Financial Guide for Children with Disabilities
Parents and guardians with a child with a disability often research and ask how they can ensure their child has the best life possible – not only now, but after they transition into adulthood.
Experts at creditcards.com created a financial guide that breaks down the exact steps parents need to take before and after their child turns 18 years to promote and support an adult child’s independence and financial future. Their guide breaks down how to set up tools, trusts, and resources that help provide a child with long-term financial security, even if they are unable to earn a living on their own.
Accredited Schools Online
In an effort to provide support to their families, AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org curated a guide that covers the unique difficulties autistic students face and how educators can respond to them. In addition, advice is provided from autism experts and resources to help families with an ASD child. Check it out below:
Neurodiversity in the Modern Workplace
Why today’s organizations should look for mental as well as physical diversity.
Neurodiversity is a relatively new expression that is used to refer to variations in how a typical human brain responds to sociability, learning, mood, and similar mental functions. It is essentially a viewpoint that sees brain differences as normal, rather than considering it a defect. Neurodiversity has been explored in the context of children, but it’s still relevant to adults and even more so in the modern workplace.
Neurodiversity can often refer to people that experience dyslexia, autism, dyspraxia, ADHD, and other similar neurological conditions. They are known as “spectrum” conditions that cover a wide range of different characteristics. However, they do share similarities in terms of how people with these conditions learn and process different kinds of information.
Oral Health & DNA Support
Approximately 4 million people in the United States wear braces, clear aligners, or other dental corrective devices. This is according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
However, genetic studies revealed that the genes we inherit from our parents are responsible for our jaw size, dental arch, and our number of teeth.
Are crooked teeth genetic?
Autism & Sleep
Coronavirus has had an enormous impact on all Americans’ sleep habits, but COVID-19 has been especially hard on children with autism who already deal with sleep-related issues.
It’s an especially critical issue because a new 2020 CDC report analyzing 2016 school data shows that autism is on the rise. The biennial update reports that one in 54 children is diagnosed with autism by age eight, up almost 10% from 2014.
“The world of autism has changed considerably since we were founded in 2005 when the estimated prevalence was 1 in 166,” says Autism Speaks President and Chief Executive Officer Angela Geiger.
Living with autism has its challenges, but life is made considerably more challenging when one isn’t armed with the sleep the body needs to function properly.
Autism Speaks | Online Groups
Community is central to our work and an important part of a happy and healthy life for so many people with autism and their families. In this edition of E-Speaks, get to know Autism Speaks online communities where people and families touched by autism can connect with one another. Meet two autistic adults and committed advocates who moderate the “Adulting on the Spectrum” Facebook group, and learn about online groups where information and resources are shared throughout the network.
Golden Steps ABA
Golden Steps ABA is a highly experienced therapy group that provides individualized consultation and intervention services for individuals who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Our behavior specialists utilize evidence-based therapies, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which takes a multi-step approach to assist children in overcoming challenging behaviors associated with difficulties in social skills, communication and other areas of development.
The individualized therapy provided today will also give your child the foundation and tools that he or she needs to succeed in the future, helping them to lead productive lives.
The University of Kanas | Autism-Related Research Study
Parents of children between the age of 4 and 10 years with autism spectrum disorder and speaking less than 30 functional words are invited to participate in a study through the University of Kansas, focused on parenting stress and child communication skills. If interested in learning more or interested in participating, see link for more details.
LittleStar PEERS Social Skills Groups
LittleStar is currently looking for teens with ASD in middle school and/or high school to participate in our PEERS social skills groups that we were hoping to begin this March.
How To Get A Service Dog: A Practical Guide
Do you or a loved one have a disability that impacts daily activities? Look no further than the help of a trained four-legged-friend! From mobility assistance, to assisting children with autism, a service dog is an excellent option to improve quality of life and independence.
Avoiding IEP Pitfalls
Crystal Sanford, SLP and advocate, will discuss how to avoid the following pitfalls so you can get the most for your child in the IEP process:
- Pitfall – Too friendly. How to remain cordial yet professional with all IEP team members
- Pitfall – Too assertive. How being viewed as a “bully” by your IEP may backfire.
- Pitfall – Too emotional. Strategies for maintaining composure during the IEP process
- Pitfall – “Best” vs. “Appropriate.” How to achieve the most for your child while using the legal standard “appropriate.”
ACES – Bloomington, IN
ACES Clinic is designed to provide collaborative services to people with learning differences. Our clinic is uniquely structured in how we provide care. Upon initial inquiry, our clients are provided with a comprehensive intake to better understand challenges. Next, our team of professionals offer recommendations as to how we can best treat the challenges identified. Some ways that we provide treatment include therapy to address mental health issues, occupational therapy designed to address executive functioning challenges, and accountability coaching which allows improved application of identified strategies at school, work, or in the home. Our clinic offers treatment in person or virtually, individually or in groups.
Hand In Autism
HANDS in Autism® has emerged as a state-wide training and resource center making a significant impact in the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other special needs as well as their families and caregivers. The evidence-based behavioral and educational practices at the core of the HANDS curriculum have had noted feasibility and practicality to providers and other stakeholders across settings (educational, medical/clinical, home/community). In addition, though the focus and expertise of HANDS is well recognized in ASD and related disabilities, consumers also appreciate that the same behavioral and educational principles and practices are relevant and useful to a wide range of individuals across functioning levels and the lifespan.
The resource helps students with disabilities explore careers in healthcare that both accommodate their condition and allow them to make a real difference helping others. It also helps students with disabilities understand their workplace rights under the ADA, discover how to overcome discriminatory practices and other common challenges, and learn who they should disclose their disability to (and when the best time is).
What’s New At Easterseals Arc
Our virtual Culinary Queens fundraising website is live! Visit fortwayne.culinaryqueens.com to see who has registered as a Culinary Queen so far and donate to your favorites! Check back often as we will continue to add Queens — and we’ll have some fun videos to share with you. This year’s queens will raise funds online from Sept. 21 through Nov. 5, then the top five fundraisers will be crowned live on WANE-TV news on Nov. 7.
Goal 5: Successful Youth Transition to Adult Services, Work, and Independence
Often described as a transition cliff, families and students have a tremendous adjustment as school-based services subside and adult services are enacted or navigated. While transition planning and processes are required to begin within the year at which students enter 9th grade or turn 14 whichever occurs first, nearly 85% of families note not receiving any “Transition Planning” services. Among those noting receipt of transition services, only 4.5% report that such services are adequate (HANDS in Autism, 2018). Transition planning spans healthcare transitions, guardianship and supported decision making discussions, education and training, employment, independent living, community participation and much more.
ASD Employer Toolkit
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities exhibit great strengths and skill that can contribute to any workplace. With planning and preparation in creating an ASD-friendly environment, you can build a strong and reliable team!
This toolkit was developed in partnership with the Central Region Local Community Cadre (LCC), an initiative facilitated by HANDS in Autism®, to support autism awareness building within communities and help individuals with ASD and related disabilities be active members of their communities.
In this toolkit, you will find strategies and best practices to consider when developing more inclusive employment opportunities.
MYMOVE – Moving Help For People With Disabilities
Moving assistance for people with disabilities is available to make moving possible for everyone. Like any successful move, it takes a combination of planning, assistance, and care. Instead of letting your move overwhelm you, break it down into an organized list of steps and small tasks.
Building Language for Early Learners Bundle
Language and communication is an important area that many parents, educators, professionals want to address with their children and/or clients. The Building Language for Early Learners Bundle was developed to assist you with evidenced-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) comprehensive approach to embark on the Journey to Independence by incorporating appropriate functional communication starting today. This bundle includes everything you need from education/training, research literature, assessment tool, and a social story to gain an understanding of the areas of deficits, how to implement basic language skills in any environment (school, home, clinic, etc.), how to determine the appropriate form of communication for the individual, and an actionable tool to encourage learning language in a fun and functional manner.
Bundle inclusions (30-day access):
- Mand Training Across Modalities (webcast)
- Functional Communication Training for Children with Autism and other Disabilities (ABA Literature Summary)
- Communication Modality Assessment
- Teaching Colors: Building Early Language with Flashcards
- Using my Words not my Feet Social Story
- The expert recommended age for this bundle is early learner (2-7 years), However may be utilized with any learner.
For cancellations and refunds, please see our policy HERE.
Lighthouse Autism Center – Northern Indiana ABA Resources
Looking for a top-rated autism treatment center in Indiana or Michigan? Lighthouse Autism Center is an intensive, center-based ABA therapy provider that offers one-on-one ABA therapy as well as speech therapy services for children with autism. Lighthouse Autism Center is an ABA therapy center operated by Gregg and Sandy Maggioli, parents of a child with autism. They understand firsthand the struggles a family experiences when their child is diagnosed with autism. With over a decade of experience operating an ABA center, Gregg and Sandy bring the highest quality ABA therapy to centers in Indiana and Michigan. Together, they founded Lighthouse Autism Center to bring hope to every child, and every family.
Helping Kids Stay Active & Safe in the Internet Age
Thanks to the growth of technology, the world is full of more and more opportunities for kids growing up these days. But all this technology comes with its own set of unique challenges and concerns.
Healthy Digital Citizens is meant to be a helpful resource for adults who want to teach kids the principles of safe, responsible, and healthy technology use. This includes principles of good digital citizenship like internet safety and digital literacy, as well as digital wellness.
Business Programs and Resources for Entrepreneurs or Graduates with a Disability
Career opportunities for people with disabilities can feel extremely limited. Disabilities make functioning on a daily basis harder; many people find that their capacity for even routine tasks changes on a daily basis, depending on their level of pain, energy, or ability to concentrate. In addition, the external barriers that people with disabilities face at school and in the workforce can make accessing education and jobs much more difficult.
The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is double that of people without disabilities. This statistic doesn’t include people who can’t work; unemployment is measured in people who are willing and able to work. This statistic is an expression of the systemic barriers that people with disabilities can face. It’s not surprising that many people with disabilities choose to be self employed or start a business, at a rate of about four percent more than people without disabilities.
CDC estimate on autism prevalence increases by nearly 10 percent, to 1 in 54 children in the U.S.
Important progress made in key indicators: For the first time, prevalence rates are the same for black and white children, and significant progress made toward number of children receiving developmental screening by age 3
Career Guide for People With Disabilities
As a person with a disability, you may hesitate to look for work. You can be unsure whether or not to make a disability known when applying for employment.
In today’s job market, however, that shouldn’t be an issue. A disability doesn’t prevent you from having the job of your dreams. The job market accommodates people with a wide range of qualifications, passions, talents, and abilities.
Opportunities can be found in all fields: nursing, business, media, technology, law, social sciences – you name it. There are people with disabilities working in almost all industries.
Read on to find everything you need to know about navigating
CDC Concedes in Federal Court It Does Not Have Studies to Support its Claim “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism”
AUSTIN, TX (March 5 20 2 0) In a federal lawsuit filed by the non profit Informed Consent Action Network ( the Center for Disease Control ( has conceded it has no scientific studies to back up its long declared assertion that vaccines given to babies do not cause autism.
Rental Housing Rights for Disabled Tenants
Under federal law, disabled tenants and prospective tenants with a disability have the right to apply for and live in a rental unit regardless of their impairment. When a landlord rejects disabled tenants based on the use of a discriminatory housing practice, they have violated the law.
Effects of Medications on Oral Health
How Can Medications Negatively Impact Your Oral Health?
Prescription and over-the-counter medications can negatively impact your general and oral health. In particular, common complications associated with everyday medications include irregular bleeding, changes in taste, soft-tissue reactions (sores), dry mouth, and enlarged gum tissue.
During routine dentist appointments, it is important to tell them which medications you are taking to ensure you receive the best care possible. In addition, if you currently have any chronic conditions or illnesses, let your dentist know before or during your next appointment.
Physical Disabilities and Oral Health
Dental Conditions Associated with Physical Disabilities
Physical disabilities limit an individual’s mobility, stamina, and physical functioning overall. These disabilities make it difficult, or impossible, for patients to complete daily activities on their own. This includes getting dressed, eating, and even moving around. Many people with physical disabilities either have limited mobility or cannot walk at all. As a result, they may need a wheelchair, crutches, or additional assistance.
Due to these limitations, people with physical disabilities are more likely to develop oral health complications, such as cavities, gum disease, and dental defects.
Developmental Disabilities and Oral Health
How Can Disabilities Impact Oral Health?
Developmental disabilities can impact a person’s general and oral health standing. This is because certain disorders impair learning, physical, language, and behavioral capabilities. In addition, practicing good oral hygiene at home may be difficult, which can lead to serious oral health issues over time.
Sleep And Disabilities: Everything You Should Know
If you are a person with a physical or intellectual disability, chances are the condition affects your sleep. The same thing goes for anyone who’s responsible for caring for a person who’s living with a disability.
Of course, every person and every condition is different, so it’s difficult to predict if and how a condition will affect someone’s sleep. But as a general rule, research shows that people living with disabilities are more likely to suffer from sleep problems than people who are not living with disabilities.
This piece will cover the research on intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and sleep in both adults and children. It will also investigate the link between autism and sleep problems and address some of the sleep-related challenges that caregivers may face. Finally, we’ll cover some sound strategies for addressing sleep issues linked to disabilities.
Zippia: Disability Resource Guide
74.6 million people in the U.S. have a disability that affects their physical capacity either temporarily or permanently. Having a physical disability can make finding a job difficult. From learning about laws that protect you, how to interview, to finding accommodating companies, here is a guide to make things a little easier.
Indiana Yellow Pages for Kids
Find educational consultants, psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors, speech language therapists, advocates, and attorneys. You will also find government programs, grassroots organizations, special education schools, and parent support groups.
In-Pact was founded in 1980 by parents of children with autism to create an array of services to enable these children to be maintained in their own local communities.
We are a membership organization that promotes and expands quality, community employment outcomes of choice for all people with disabilities.
We believe that “Employment First is integrated community employment at competitive wages as the first and preferred outcome for ALL people with disabilities.”
Parents Guide to IEP
Autism Parenting Magazine
For you and your child
Are you looking for the most up-to-date news and professional guidance for you and your child on the subject of autism?
Digital Resources for Students with Autism
The digital age brings good news for teachers and parents dealing with students with autism. Today, there are more technologies than ever before to help students with speech, interaction, participation, and communication, making for more integrated classrooms and innovative therapies that help these students learn.
Take a look at our comprehensive list of digital resources for students with autism.
Sleep and Autism
Sleep-related issues are problematic for anyone who suffers from them. They run the gamut from short-term trouble falling asleep to full-blown sleep disorders that persist for years. Sleep problems can be particularly troublesome for people with autism spectrum disorder, also known as ASD.
Difficulty with sleep can affect adults and children with ASD in two ways: by exacerbating autism-related symptoms and causing issues related to sleep deprivation or excessive sleep. Learning how these disturbances impact people with ASD can help parents and partners understand the challenges of sleep and autism, and explore ways to relieve symptoms.
Handicap Parking Permit Guide for People with Disabilities
Accessible parking is important to many Americans: 26% of adults in the United States live with a disability. Almost 14% of those adults have a mobility disability with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs, and nearly 7% of the adults with an independent living disability have difficulty doing errands alone.
Those with a mobility-limiting disability that may make walking painful or difficult could be qualified for a parking permit. With a handicap parking permit, accessible parking spots near the entrances of buildings are readily available to help the individuals who need them save time and energy.
ASD Employment Resources and Career Guide
According to the Autism Society, more than 3.5 million Americans live with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Worldwide, about 1% of the population is on the autism spectrum. People with ASD can have a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders. While some face significant barriers when pursuing an education or seeking employment, others are able to find jobs in a variety of workplaces.
However, workers with ASD may still face discrimination, isolation, or exclusion. In the U.K., 43% of people with some level of autism who responded to a National Autism Society survey said they had left or lost a job because of their condition.
Despite these statistics, existing regulations, support, and resources make it possible for people with ASD to succeed in the workplace. Because of this legal and professional support, those with ASD can pursue any career that they want. Furthermore, some professions present fewer challenges to job seekers on the autism spectrum. These career paths offer people with ASD significant opportunities for career advancement and skills development.
Here is what people with ASD need to know as they go about getting a job…
ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL GUIDE
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 15% of the population in the world live with a disability. With 7.5 billion people on the planet, that means around 1 billion live with a disability. That’s why today, more than ever before, it’s increasingly important for world travel to be available to all. The accessible travel movement is a call to action to make global travel more available, safe, and joyful for those who may be affected by a physical disability, use a wheelchair, have a health condition, or those with special needs.
Finding information on accessible travel is a critical part of planning for individuals with disabilities and those traveling with these individuals. It can be difficult to find relevant information all in one place. In this guide, you’ll find helpful links to accessibility resources, destination-specific tips, and other ways individuals with disabilities can advocate for themselves and others when traveling.
Teaching Your Kids About Finance: How Much Do Students Know About Finance?
If you want your children to develop sound financial management habits, you’ll very likely need to take that education into your own hands. Only 17 states in America require any financial course in high school. And with 1 in 4 people losing over $30,000 due to poor money management during the course of their life, the pressure is certainly on [you].
The good news is there are plenty of opportunities to teach your kids financial responsibility while raising your family. The sooner you start teaching them, the better prepared they will be when they’re solely responsible for their own money decisions and their own family’s financial well-being.
The Best School Lunch Supplies For Kids (2019 Reviews)
It’s that time of year again – summer is winding down and it’s time to start thinking of back to school. With the return to classrooms and learning comes a return of packed lunches.
Gone are the days of the brown paper bag – unless you’re still into that, in which case we’ve got you covered! – and in is the era of bento boxes, insulated cooler systems and plenty of nifty lunchtime gadgets and doodads. There are more options than ever before when it comes to packing your little ones a healthy and nutritious midday meal.
Back-To-School Guide: How To Stay Organized, Healthy, And Sane This Year
Getting back into the swing of things after a long summer break can be tough. Routines have often declined, and the summer’s breezy, laid-back approach has seemingly become the new norm for everyone in your house.
Yes, back-to-school is a time of year that is both exciting and anxiety-inducing for parents and their children alike. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be a time of stress if you plan. If anything, you may even be thankful for some structure again! The better news is that we’re here to provide some essential hints and tips to ensure everything runs smoothly once more.
Our back-to-school guide will cover everything from creating a successful routine and maintaining good sleep habits to how to keep your child fueled throughout the day. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Medication management for people with disabilities
Even when people want to do everything they can for their health, there can be barriers that get in the way. One in every four U.S. adults has a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Plus, many people with disabilities are also managing chronic conditions or other illnesses. If you have a disability and you’re taking medication, you’re certainly not alone. That’s why we created this guide.
First and foremost, your healthcare provider can help you navigate your care and make decisions that fit your lifestyle and goals. The right approach to medication management empowers you to get the most benefit from your prescriptions and take charge of your healthcare alongside your healthcare team.
Of course, your medicine only works if you take it. For some people, it’s helpful to have outside ideas and resources that can make medication management a little easier.
Lincoln Financial Group – Neurodiversity Hiring Program
How To Help Parents Of Children with Special Needs Avoid Isolation
We love children with special needs. And we know that they are even more loved and cared about by their families and their parents.
But parents who have children with special needs face their own unique challenges.
Their children require greater care, supervision, and help, as well as having more medical, therapeutic, and educational needs than other children. This can be taxing physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.
Autism Therapy Center in Marshall County
After nearly a year of deliberation, meetings, and planning, Lighthouse Autism Center opened its fourth location in Plymouth, IN. Consistent with their mission of bringing ABA services to communities that need them, Gregg and Sandy Maggioli decided to expand services to other communities outside of Mishawaka and Warsaw.
Driving Early Learning Access
The Indiana Child Care Deserts Competition
Because of your commitment to expanding early learning opportunities in Indiana, we want to share exciting news about a new effort to address child care deserts in our state.
With the generous support of the Lilly Endowment, Early Learning Indiana is excited to announce the Indiana Child Care Deserts Competition. Through this effort, we are inviting early childhood practitioners, community leaders and businesses to collaborate and innovate to address child care deserts, places where, for every three children, there is just one — or less — early childhood program seat. We look forward to seeing the best thinking of early childhood veterans and newcomers to this issue.
We invite local groups to create bold ideas, diving into the local needs and opportunities and identifying a new path forward. Ultimately, Early Learning Indiana will award up to 10 groups with access grants through the Indiana Child Care Deserts Competition. You can learn more about the competition on our website today.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Autism Chronicle – June 2019
Did you know ASI provides Direct Care throughout the whole state of Indiana?
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
Autism Support Network
Looking for autism resources nearby? Check our listings for professionals and services that might help.
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.
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.
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.
Autism Support Network Resources
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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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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.
7 Aspergers symptoms in 90 seconds
Daniel Jones outlines Aspergers symptoms to help in understanding if someone is on the the autism spectrum.
Tony Attwood – Aspergers in girls
Professor Tony Attwood gives an in-depth lecture on what it means to be an Aspie female.
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.”
“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.
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.
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.”
Click here learn more and order
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
The PLAY Project’s Autism Intervention Program
Helping young children with autism reach their full potential through PLAY
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
College for Students with Disabilities:
A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators
Click here to download the guide
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Join the Professional Linkedin Group – “Autism Parenting Solutions, Therapies and News. For parents and professionals” _______________________________________________________________
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.
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.
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
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/
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!!
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/
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: email@example.com http://www.beersmallers.com _______________________________________________________________
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
A Parent’s Guide to Autism: Practical Advice. Biblical Wisdom.
Travel Tips for Persons with Autism
Entering your child’s world through an IEP
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
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
12/13/16 & 1/10/17 sperger’s Adult Group Lutheran Hospital Cafeteria 6:00 PM For more information email Sue Christman at email@example.com _______________________________________________________________
12/20/16 & 1/17/17 EEE Autism Support Group Meeting Dupont Branch Library, Fort Wayne 6:30 – 8:00 PM Kelly Pence at firstname.lastname@example.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
Family Voices of Indiana – Partner Referral Forms
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 email@example.com. 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.
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!
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
CDC Autism Links and Resources
Moving with Special Needs Kids
Operation Autism for Military Families
Academic Accommodation Resources
Home Modifications for Kids with Sensory Concerns
Temple Grandin’s Teaching Tips
Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism
Autism Art Gallery
Positive Behavior Intervention & Support
Indiana Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services
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.
What To Do When The Auditors Come To Your ABA Agency
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/
Special NeedsToys www.specialneedstoys.com/usa 1-866-749-2737 Mention Sensory Critters.com MM3
A Day in Our Shoes www.adayinourshoes.com
Indianapolis ABA Parents https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/abaparentindy/info
Deafness with Autism www.audiologyonline.com/articles/deafness-with-autism-school-age-13001
Summit Equestrian Center www.summitequestrain.org
Fort 4 Auti www.fort4autism.org
Autism Things www.autismthings.com
Day 2 Day Parenting www.day2dayparenting.com/language-delay-signs-of-autism/
The Autism Helper www.theautismhelper.com/teaching-following-one-step-instructions/
Typing 4 Change https://typing4change.com/tag-autism-experience/
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders https://www.deepdyve.com/browse/journals/journal-of-autism-and-developmental-disorders
Researching Autism www.researchautism.net/autism/autism-resources/autism-journals
Network For Good www.networkforgood.org/topics/health/autism/
Autism Speaks Asks: Got Questions https://www.autismspeaks.org
Art Mix Art Redefining Disability www.artmixindiana.orgs
Age of Autism www.ageofautism.com/2010/03/a-mothers-perspective-what-is-autism.html
Autism USA.NET www.autismusa.net/internet.php/
4Cs Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc www.4csindiana.org
NOBLE Dream it, Live it www.mynoblelife.org/
Purdue University Speech, Language, and Hearing Services
Oaklawn Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Elkhart and South Bend
The Logan Center SouthBend www.logancenter.org Support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Autism Store-Tools for Kids on the Spectrum since 1995 www.difflearn.com
Tinsnips – Specialized Tools For Special Teachers www.tinsnips.org
Wrights Law: From Emotions to Advocacy- Special Education Guide by Pam & Pete Wright
Special Education News
Center on Technology and Disability
National Autism Network
The GFCF Diet Intervention – Autism Diet
Indiana University — Autism
ABA AUTISM SERVICES by DAMAR
The Sibling Support Project
Organization For Autism Research
Do 2 Learn-a Resource for Individuals with Special Needs
ASK Access Johnson County Dial-a-Ride
Sensory Processing Disorder
Ride the Spectrum for Autism
taalk Autism Foundation
Behavior Source-Mental Health Counseling
Behavior Works ABA-ABA Works for Autism
Autism Hope Alliance
Artswork Home Page
The Arc of Decatur County
Autism Key: News ,Support & Autism Information for Families
Home of the Innocents-Our Region Open Arms to Kids in Crisis
Helping Challenged Children, Inc
Indiana Hands and Voices
CSHCS Children’s Special Health Care Services
Center for Children with Special Needs
Bully Prevention Alliance
Benchmark Human Services: Where People with Disabilities Thrive
The Northwest Indiana Parents of Special Needs Kids
Lakes Area Autism Network
National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana
Autism Risk and Safety Management
Autism Key: Unlock the Mystery
Indiana Choice Scholarships
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/
BRIDGES: Home and Community Based Services Therapeutic Services: Music and recreational therapy and Behavioral Sevices
Turnstone Creating Possibilities
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
H.E.L.P. Our Kids
CRG-Serving Children, Adolescents and Adults
The Council on Developmental Disabilities
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
Riley at IU North Meridian Crossing – Tower Three
11590 N. Meridian St. Carmel
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
NORTHERN INDIANA SERVICE DOGS Rachel Miller, Director, Northern Indiana Service Dogs (574) 952 – 1635
Indiana Applied Behavior Analysis Institute
www.IndianaABAInstitute.com Contact: 1-888-667-1181
Autism Support Network
About Special Kids 317-257-8683 or 1-800-964-4746
The Fort Wayne Autism Center
2817 East Dupont Road Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Children’s Autism Center 10313 Aboite Center Rd. Ft. Wayne In, 46804 260-459-6040
Autism 360 : Letting the Data Talk
Accesability/Building Advocates and Inclusive Communities
Autism Support Network –
Autism Parenting Magazine:
INSOURCE Special Education Parent Support
Hopebridge Pediatrics – Fort Wayne 1300 Airport N. Office Park Fort Wayne Indiana, 46825 Phone — 260-471-9263 Fax — 260-471-9264 www.hopebridge.com
Behavior Associates of Indiana
Indiana – Talk About Curing Autism
Autism Interlock Indiana ECI
Parent Support Group Indiana
Northwest Indiana Autism — INFEAT
Autism Parent Care — Carmell Indiana
Easter Seals Taking on Disabilities Together
ARC of INDIANA
Autism Evansville : Home
Child’s Play – Autism
St.Mary’s Autism Services
ICAN – Indiana Canine Assistance Dogs
Verbal Behavioral Center for Autism
Meaningful Day Services
The Lovaas Institute-Treatment for Children Diagnosed with Autism or a Related Disorder
Integrity Behavioral Solutions
Crystal’s Behavior Solution’s-Helping Kids Connect in the World
Cornerstone Autism Center
Behavior Analysis Center for Autism
The Autism Village
Neuron Learning Program for english language students and struuggling learners
Studying With ADHD
Going to College with Asperger’s & Autism
Thriving in Trade School with a Disability
Guide for Job Seekers & Workers with a Disability
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