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Showing posts from January 20, 2013

DDRS update: group home conversions

Family Voices Indiana shares this information from DDRS regarding group home conversions: To: Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services Stakeholders  From: Tracy Myszak, Interim Director, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services Re: Supervised Group Living Homes to Waiver Homes Conversion Date: January 24, 2013 I would like to take this opportunity to provide assurance the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative  Services remains committed to current efforts toward the conversion of Supervised Group Living Homes  to Waiver Homes.  The Division also will continue to provide support and assistance to all stakeholders  during this process. In accordance with the national shift to move Long Term Support Service (LTSS) consumers from  institutional services to Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), the Division of Disability and  Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) will be helping providers convert their Supervised Group Living (SGL)  Homes t

2013 Indiana Disability Poll: Focus on Health Issues

Family Voices Indiana shares this opportunity to share your voice: Y ou are invited to complete a survey about health issues with the goal of providing better information on the challenges faced by people with disabilities in Indiana in accessing health care. People with disabilities, their family members and disability advocates are being asked to provide information on their experience in accessing health care and sustaining a healthy lifestyle. This project is a collaborative effort between the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University – Bloomington, the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS).  INFORMATION The Disability Poll should take you about 15 minutes to complete. You will be one of approximately 400-500 people who we hope will complete this poll. You can answer the questions online ( on a secure web site, or you can request the survey in an alternati

$50 stipend to share your ideas at a focus group in Indpls

                                                                    Please join us....... We’d like to hear from YOU about child health and wellness Family Focus Group February 5, 2013 Riley Child Development Center Classroom 5931 705 Riley Hospital Drive   Indianapolis, IN 46202 9:00a Registration and a light breakfast 9:30a-11:00a Focus group questions and answers Participants will receive a $50 stipend and/or gift card to offset child care and other costs. Child care will not be able to be provided. Parking will be validated so it will be at no cost. Please RSVP to Jennifer Akers at Family Voices Indiana by Feb 1 if you will be able to join us.               317 944 8982 Focus group size is limited to first 10 respondents

Changes to the transition IEP

Family Voices Indiana shares this information from the  Indiana secondary transition resource center . This communication is directed primarily to teachers in regards to compliance issues, but we felt it was important that families have the same information so they can be better informed as partners at their child's case conference. Please discuss this with your child's teacher of record if you have any concerns. Do you know there have been some format updates to the Indiana IEP? Do you know there is a drop down list of suggested action verbs for postsecondary goals or the “I will” statements to help ensure compliance? Do you know there is a table to list each of the transition assessments conducted each year? Embeded is a document developed by the Indiana Department of Education with the new updates to the Indiana IEP. Please remember from a compliance standpoint, you must: ·         Identify the name of the transition assessment and summarize the fin