The Arc of Indiana 2016 Public Policy Agenda

The 2016 legislative session provides many opportunities to advance initiatives that will lead to greater independence for people with I/DD. Below is an overview of the legislative priorities for The Arc of Indiana. Legislative Priorities: Support legislation that increases employment opportunities for people with I/DD Monitor and support legislation that will identify people with I/DD… Read More

Petition to Pass Hate Crimes Legislation in 2016 Legislative Session

Indiana is one of only five states in the United States that does not have hate crimes protections. Please sign a petition to let Indiana law makers know that you want a hate crimes law passed in Indiana in 2016. Hate crimes damage the fabric of our society and fragment communities. When criminals target victims… Read More

State Proposing Changes to Indiana High School Diploma Structure

Indiana’s high school diploma options, and the number and types of classes students must take to graduate with a diploma, could be changing as the state explores new requirements to earn a diploma.  The decisions being made over the next several months regarding diplomas will have a significant impact on the lives of students, including… Read More

AWS Foundation Awards $250,000 to Benefit Erskine Green Training Institute

The AWS Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to the Erskine Green Training Institute to be used for student scholarships, commissions to artists for artwork that will be displayed at the institute’s adjoining Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center, and research and data collection on the impact the training institute has on its graduates. The… Read More

The Arc of Indiana Statement Regarding ABA Therapy Services – Proposed Rule LSA Document 14-337 405 IAC 5-22-12

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) will hold a public hearing on September 10, 2015, 1:00 p.m., at the Indiana Government Center South, 402 West Washington Street, Conference Center Room 14, Indianapolis, on a proposed rule regarding applied behavioral analysis therapy services (ABA).  Following is The Arc of Indiana’s statement regarding the proposed rule.… Read More

Extended Services Added as New Medicaid Waiver Service – Replaces Supported Employment Follow Along

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the renewal of Indiana’s Family Supports Waiver (FSW).  This followed the earlier approval of the division’s request to amend the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waiver.  Both of the waiver documents are posted on… Read More

Learn How to Apply for Caregiver Support Services

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) has announced that Caregiver Support Services funds will be available for the fiscal year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015. Caregiver Support Services is 100 percent state funded and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received during fiscal year 2015… Read More

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