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Showing posts from January 31, 2016


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), will take effect in 2016. NDSC took the lead in advocating for key improvements in the law that raises expectations for your children. 1. ESSA states that no more than 1% of all students (approximately 10% of students with disabilities) can participate in a state’s alternate assessment instead of the general assessment. NCLB had no limit. IEP TIP: If you expect the alternate assessment to be suggested at the IEP meeting, you should request a copy of the state participation criteria for this assessment, BEFORE the meeting, to help you plan for this discussion. 2. ESSA encourages states to develop, share information on and promote the use of accommodations to increase the number of students who can take the general assessment instead of the alternate assessment. IEP TIP: Prior to the IEP meeting, request a copy of the state’s most recent accommodations policy to prepare for a discussion about wheth

My New Health Plan Coverage2Care

Update on Legislative Session

Each year, Indiana Association of United Ways partners with the   Indiana Coalition for Human Services  to share a little about the progress with legislation affecting working Hoosiers, children, seniors and people with disabilities. About 265 bills of the nearly 825 introduced bills are still alive.  You may   view the 15-minute session  and download the slides .    

H&R Block Will Donate 9% to Family Voices for Online Tax Filings

Filing taxes online?   F ile with H&R Block, and We Care will donate up to 9% of every purchase to Family Voices Indiana!  Please use this LINK Thanks for your support.

Health Insurance Explained Coverage2Care

Health Insurance Explained – The YouToons Have It Covered  is a light-hearted treatment of a difficult and important topic, breaking down insurance concepts, such as premiums, deductibles and provider networks. It explains how individuals pay for coverage and obtain medical care and prescription drugs when enrolled in various types of health insurance, including HMOs and PPOs. The video is also available in  Spanish .

Help us WIN $6,000: VOTE for Family Voices Indiana

Indiana Members Credit Union is celebrating serving their members for 60 years! Founded in 1956, IMCU has continued to serve its mission of "People Helping People" and what better way to culminate 60 years than giving back to the organizations that support our community. As part of the celebration, IMCU is donating $6,000 each quarter to charities and organizations who serve those in need. Click on this link expand=IMCU-Gives-Back Click on “ Vote for your favorite charity and help us, help them !” Scroll down to the list of nominated organizations and vote for Family Voices Indiana ! Each person can vote one time per day now through the end of the voting period March 31, 2016 . Thank you for your support
The Power of Soccer  By Jan Labas Sounds a little silly to say that adapted sports has changed our lives, but it’s true. As parents of a preemie, once we got our child past the important issues like breathing and staying well, we were faced with how to begin to fill his life with meaning. Filling that life when you are differently-abled can be challenging; but what meaningful life isn’t challenging at times? As our Luke, diagnosed with cerebral palsy, grew, we graduated from a stroller to a manual wheelchair, before jumping into a power chair at the age of 5 as he entered kindergarten. As a family, you explore things to do together. We loved bowling since many lanes had a ball ramp and it was one activity that all seven of us could do together. Our lives changed when we were introduced to Power Soccer. Sounds a tad melodramatic that an adapted sport could impact an entire family, but it has and does. As Luke matured, so did his peers. Off they went with the baseba

Understanding Coverage2Care for Health Insurance

Many families get insurance through their employer, public programs like Medicaid, or the Affordable Care Act. It's important to understand your plan and how to use that plan the best way possible. This month, we'll be of focusing on #Coverage2Care......learning to use your health insurance. As always, feel free to contact Family Voices Indiana at 317 944 8982 for assistance with private insurance or Medicaid. Health coverage pays for provider services, medications, hospital care, and special equipment when you’re sick. It’s also important when you’re not sick. Here are 4 things to know about your health coverage: All ACA Marketplace health plans must provide you with a  Summary of Benefits and Coverage , which includes coverage examples showing how the plan might help pay for services. The actual costs and care will vary by your health care needs and your coverage. You can use our  glossary  to understand key terms like  copayment ,  deductible