Indiana Disability Resources
Information & Referral / Advocacy & Supports
These organizations help callers learn about a variety of services as they strive to help their child research his or her potential. Services include respite care and summer camp resources, community-based programs, parent support, advocacy organizations and more.
- About Special Kids
Welcome to About Special Kids! We are the place for families and professionals in Indiana to go to "ASK" questions about children with special needs and to access information and resources about a variety of topics such as health insurance, special education, community resources and medical homes. ASK is your connection to family support in the state of Indiana! ASK maintains an online Resource Directory which is searchable by county, keyword, or topic. They also offer parent and professional training programs. You can learn more about their special projects and view and download their list of publications.
- Center for Disability Information & Referral (CeDIR)
"Welcome to the Center for Disability Information and Referral (CeDIR). Come in and browse through our library of over 8,000 disability-related books, videos, and kits. Not in Bloomington? No worries! When you find something you want to borrow, let us know, and we'll send it out to you!"
The also offer a number of resource guides.
- Early Childhood Meeting Place
The Early Childhood Meeting Place is an information clearinghouse of events and resources for Indiana's early childhood professionals and families of young children. You can find information about upcoming workshops and meetings, professional organizations and training resources, and community resources and information fact sheets for Hoosier families of young children. The also have a number of publications on family resources and Spanish language materials.
- Families United for Support and Encouragement
"At FUSE we provide information, resources and support to Indiana families raising children with special needs. When families first learn that their child has a disability or a special health care need, they often don't know where to turn. We serve as a handbook that guides families to information and resources that make the challenge of parenting a child with special needs a little easier. We have training sessions, Q&A meetings, and seasonal social functions, so families have a variety of ways to get involved. Families can participate in any of those ways, or they can just receive the newsletter to stay on top of current disability news and information." They also publish a newsletter which can be found online and maintain a lending library of equiment, books and technology.
- Indiana 211
Indiana 211 Partnership, Inc. (IN211) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building the 2-1-1 system for Indiana. The goal is to create a seamless network of information and referral services that enables anyone in Indiana in need of human services to have quick referrals to those who provide them by dialing 2-1-1. Additionally, aggregate data will be collected to assist communities in assessing needs and allocating resources.
- Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services
Protects and promotes the rights of individuals with disabilities, through empowerment and advocacy.
The mission of IN*SOURCE is to provide parents, families and service providers in Indiana the information and training necessary to assure effective educational programs and appropriate services for children and young adults with disabilities. They also provide a number of trainings, and publications on a variety of subjects.
- Indiana Governor's Planning Council for People with Disabilities
- Indiana Parent Information Network, Inc.
- Family to Family Indiana
Children's Hospitals / Health Services
- Lutheran Children's Hospital - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Lutheran Children's Hospital opened in 1999 as a result of several local pediatricians who envisioned bringing families throughout northeast Indiana access to expert pediatric medical care that wouldn't require a half-day's drive to receive. Today, Lutheran Children's Hospital teams with more than 75 pediatricians practicing in 27 areas of pediatric specialty in an environment filled with imagination and color.
- Memorial Children's Hospital -South Bend, IN
Welcome to Memorial Children's Hospital. As the region's only designated children's hospital, we welcome and treat children with a wide variety of medical and surgical diagnoses from more than 20 referral hospitals throughout Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana. Our world-class team includes pediatric hospitalists and intensivists, registered nurses, child life specialists, pediatric diabetic educators, pediatric dietitians, social workers, neonatologists, pediatric oncologists, respiratory therapists, clinical nurse specialists, pastoral care, and pediatric specialists in physical therapy, pulmonary medicine and infectious disease.
- Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent - Indianapolis, Indiana
Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent was founded on Core Values that support family-centered care—care that is focused on the unique needs of children and their families. Our facility was thoughtfully designed for children, and involves parents from start to finish in a whimsical space designed to be kid-sized and child-friendly.
- Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health - Indianapolis, Indiana
Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health was one of the first hospitals in the country to offer Family-Centered Care, which means you are a partner in your child's care. We encourage you to be a part of your child's treatment, to ask questions and talk to us about any concerns you may have. In addition to providing advanced care, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is an advocate for children. We are available to help you choose a physician, find health and safety resources through The Riley Hospital for Children Safety Store at Indiana University Health or through many other resources or programs.
Diagnosis Specific Groups
Deaf & Blind
- Indiana School for the Blind
The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence and best practices in educating children and young adults who are blind or have low vision. The School is a critical resource for Indiana's children who are blind or have low vision and the teachers, parents, and caregivers who work with them. Every year, we educate hundreds of children and young adults ranging from 3 to 22 years old and living in all parts of Indiana, many of whom, due to severe or multiple disabilities, other schools in the state have difficulty serving or cannot serve.
- Indiana School for the Deaf
The Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) is a fully accredited school for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students in nursery school through high school. It provides services to approximately 342 students enrolled on campus and over 829 students through outreach services. About 60 percent of the students live on campus during the academic year. ISD offers a full range of social activities, including sports, clubs, and organizations
- Indiana Lions for the ISBVI
"The Indiana Lions for the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired" is a State project of the Lions of Indiana, a collective of the Indiana-based clubs of Lions Clubs International.
- Bosma Enterprises
Bosma's Rehabilitation and Employment Programs have been thoughtfully designed to meet the specific needs of people who are blind or visually impaired.
- Indiana Deaf-Blind Association
The Indiana Deaf-Blind Association (InDBA) is a volunteer organization that is promoting active empowerment, advocacy, services and resources to the variety of people with hearing and vision loss throughout the state of Indiana, and is comprised of individuals who are deaf-blind or have combined vision and hearing loss, family members, support service providers and friends.
- Indiana Deafblind Services Project - Indiana State University
The Indiana Deafblind Services Project is a statewide service authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEIA). It is administered by the Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education at Indiana State University. The Project's goal is to improve the quality of educational services available to Indiana's infants, toddlers, children, and youth with deafblindness.
- Indiana Deaf Heritage
Provides the public with a deeper understanding of the history of Deaf Hoosiers and their culture so that Deaf children and adults may learn about their own history and culture.
- Indiana Association of the Deaf
- Northwest Indiana Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community
- Indiana Hands and Voices
- Evansville Association-Blind
- League for the Blind and Disabled
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