The Arc of Indiana, founded in 1956; The Arc of the United States, founded in 1950; and local chapters throughout Indiana and the country began through the efforts of passionate parents and community members – including concerned professionals. Today, The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.
Whether you are a teacher, case manager, doctor, direct support professional, leader of a service providing agency, lawyer, therapist, or in any professional position that has connected you to people with I/DD and their families, we are here to be a resource for you.
Through your work, we hope that you will help guide the individuals and families you work with not only to The Arc, but also to local, state and federal programs and services that can assist them.
Learn about Our Programs, find information on state and federal resources in Supports & Services, help families learn about Future Planning options, and guide individuals and families to Health & Wellness tips.
We invite you to become a member of The Arc and hope you will help us keep you up-to-date by staying connected with us:
- Sign up for our e-newsletter
- Sign up for Action Alerts & Legislative Updates
- Join us on Facebook
- Follow us on Twitter
Helpful Resources & Links
About Special Kids (ASK) – An organization where parents, professions, and volunteers work together to support children with special needs by providing information, peer support and education.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Offers a broad range of information regarding disability, including online journals, governmental policy information and online seminars.
ANCOR – The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) is a national, nonprofit trade association representing more than 800 private community providers of services to people with disabilities.
Autism Now – The nation’s source for resources and information on community-based solutions for individuals with autism, other developmental disabilities, and their families. A national initiative of The Arc.
Autism Society of Indiana – State chapter of the Autism Society of America.
Best Buddies Indiana – Dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.
Blumberg Center – The Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education was established to encourage the interdisciplinary study of persons with severe disabilities to those who are gifted and talented. Our services include family and educational support through dissemination of information, onsite visits, and workshops.
Brain Injury Association of Indiana – Dedicated to creating a better future by reducing the incidence and effects of brain injury through public and professional education, advocacy and support, and by facilitating inter-agency commitment and collaboration.
Center for Youth and Adults with Conditions of Childhood – Provides consultative services for youth and young adult patients 11-22 as well as adult patients with developmental disabilities and serious chronic illness.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) – CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
Council for Exceptional Children/Indiana
DADS – Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome – Assists and supports fathers and families of people with Down syndrome.
Down Syndrome Indiana – Dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with Down syndrome.
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.
Easter Seals Crossroads Assistive Technology Center – The Assistive Technology Center at Easter Seals Crossroads provides assistive technology, equipment and services to individuals with disabilities.
Family Voices Indiana – Shares advocacy opportunities and updated information on issues that impact Indiana families of children with disabilities or special needs.
Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities – The Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities aims to promote public policy that leads to the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. For people interested in learning how to be an advocate, the council offers a Partners in Policymaking course once a year. The council may also provide financial assistance for people with disabilities who wish to participate in conferences or workshops.
INARF – INARF is the principal membership organization in Indiana representing providers of services to people with disabilities.
Indiana Association of Behavioral Consultants (IN-ABC) – Through professional advocacy, support and development, IN-ABC promotes effective, ethical and quality behavioral services.
IN-APSE – Works to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for persons experiencing disabilities.
Indiana Conference of Executive Directors of Arcs (ICEArc) – ICEArc brings executives of local chapters of The Arc, as well as leaders of other service providing agencies, together into a professional association. ICEArc provides a forum for professional colleagues to bring about common action affecting people with I/DD and works to promote the professional development of its members.
Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education
INDATA – Assistive Technology – Provides a variety of assistive technology services including:
- Computer access evaluation
- Job accommodation services
- Augmentative communication
- Home modification evaluation
- Adaptive driving services
- Seating and positioning evaluation
- In-home low vision services
- Deaf community services
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community – The Institute works to build community capacity through its collaborative efforts with institutions of higher education, state and local government agencies, community service providers, persons with disabilities and their families, and advocacy organizations. The work of the Indiana Institute is carried out in Centers which address the following issues:
- Early intervention and Education
- School improvement and Inclusion
- Transition, Employment, and Careers
- Aging-related Change
- Planning and Policy Studies
- Disability Information and Referral
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Individual and Family Perspectives
Indiana Protection and Advocacy – Created in 1977 by state law to protect and advocate the rights of people with disabilities, IPAS staff includes disability rights advocates and attorneys who have the authority to pursue appropriate legal and administrative remedies on behalf of people with disabilities, to ensure the enforcement of their rights. IPAS may be able to assist Hoosiers who have a disability and are being denied a right or are being discriminated against because of that disability.
Indiana State Teachers Association / Resources for Special Education Teachers
IN*SOURCE – 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.
National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals
National Association of Special Education Teachers
National Conference of Executives of The Arc (NCE) – NCE is a dynamic peer membership organization of chapter Executive Directors and other program and administrative staff. NCE creates opportunities for the exchange of ideas, provides the training that is essential in professional development, and offers support and mentoring for successful leadership.
National Down Syndrome Congress – The mission of the National Down Syndrome Congress is to provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome
National Down Syndrome Society – The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals
NICHCY – National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
National resource center providing information on:
- Disabilities in children and youth
- Programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities
- IDEA, the nation’s special education law
- No Child Left Behind
- Research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities
PACER Center – The mission of PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.
It is a resource for quality information for parents and professionals.
PATINS Project – The PATINS Project is a state-wide technical assistance network for the provision of assistive/accessible technology for assisting local educational agencies in the utilization and creation of accessible learning environments and instructional materials.
The Arc US – The Arc of the United States is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
VSA Indiana – The mission of VSA Indiana is to provide access to lifelong learning and creative expression through the arts for people with disabilities in Indiana.
Yellow Pages for Kids (Indiana)
The Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities provides information on 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.