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Internet Sponsorship for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs

We are recruiting families for our telehealth sponsorship project! Our project aims to help families access telehealth, or virtual medical and therapy appointments. Eligible families will be sponsored for 6 months of Comcast's Internet Essentials program. Families will also participate in an online training with Family Voices IN to learn how to make the most of virtual appointments. Eligible families will: -have a child with a special health care need and related medical/therapy appointments; -be income-eligible (the guidelines are at; and -live in a Comcast service area, which we can check. If you think you might be a good match, please contact us directly at 844-323-4636 or to get started and talk about next steps. We have a native Spanish speaker on staff. FVI Home Internet Outreach by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd ESPANOL FVI Home Internet Outreach by Family Voices In

Webinar opportunity for individuals and families

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services is excited to share an opportunity for individuals and families to learn more about using remote support services. One of six Indiana remote supports providers, Night Owl, is offering a webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, at 6 p.m. EST for individuals and families that are interested in learning about how they might utilize remote supports in their vision of a good life. Night Owl will be hosting this webinar but be on the lookout for future webinars on remote supports from our other approved providers. This announcement is not meant to be an endorsement or recommendation of Night Owl over other remote supports providers and is only intended to share an opportunity for individuals and families to learn more. Webinar details Time: Dec 15, 2020, 6 p.m. EST Join Zoom meeting: 85750211259?pwd= ZzNJRHZHWnhTWDFBMzdPU0lpUXdnQT 09 Meeting ID: 857 5021 1259 Passcode: VuPhb2 This will also be recorded and posted for fut

How will we know a Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective?

From COVID Vaccine Facts, see original here  (an official website of Biotechnology Innovation Organization ) With vaccine development moving so quickly, it is easy to understand why some people are asking whether a vaccine for Covid-19 will be safe and effective. But it is important to remember the very strict scientific and regulatory process vaccine developers must follow to bring a new product to patients, even during the current pandemic. The independent experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will not approve a vaccine unless there is data to show the vaccine is: Safe for use following a series of random, placebo-based clinical trials of thousands of people; Shown to be effective at preventing the disease; and Proven to be produced or manufactured consistently, safely and at a high quality. Visit “How are vaccines developed” to learn more about how the vaccine development process works. In addition to the FDA’s own rigorous rules and safeguards, there are other laye


Indiana Disability Rights (IDR), in partnership with the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, announces a new 2-year Disability Law Fellowship that will begin in May 2021. The purpose of the fellowship to support a new law school graduate with a disability to start building an area of expertise and to provide a targeted service to the disability community. The fellow will work under the supervision of an IDR Senior attorney and will have the opportunity to propose their own project within the field of disability rights. Additional information, along with the application and requirements may be found at Law-Fellowship/ Eligible candidates must identify as having a disability and graduate in December 2020 or May 2021 from an ABA accredited law school. Eligible candidates must also seek admission to the Indiana bar and be eligible to work in the United States for the two-year fellowship term.   Applications are due Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Ticket to Work and Mental Health

From SSA's Ticket to Work  Ticket to Work and Mental Health Wednesday, December 16, 2020 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET Our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar is on December 16! Work offers you the opportunity to use your skills and talents, while new accomplishments boost your self-confidence. But looking for work can be challenging. We’re here to help. During this month’s WISE webinar, we’ll discuss: Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program  Ticket Program Service Providers  Managing the Job Search and Battling the Winter Blues Register now Online: By Phone:  1-866-968-7842  or  1- 866-833-2967 (TTY) You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. WISE in American Sign Language (ASL) Our  ASL  Guide can help individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing access our monthly WISE webinars using Video Relay Service. Additional accessibility information is

Seizure Tracker Survey

The  Seizure Tracker  "It's not just seizures™" INJS initiative is currently running a patient/caregiver survey to help identify and prioritize quality of life issues that are important to families in our community.  The initiative could provide valuable insights as to the most challenging side effects of living with epilepsy and aid in the development of tools to improve quality of life for patients and families. The deadline to share your experiences is fast approaching (December 15th), so fill out your survey soon! Take the survey now.    

10 COVID-19 Changes Related to Disability We Hope Stay Forever

From Complex Child, find original publication here COVID-19 has undeniably hit the disability community in a myriad of complex and horrendous ways. But there have been changes made to disability services and life in general that have strongly benefited children with disabilities and children who have complex medical conditions. Here are 10 changes that have been really beneficial and that we hope become permanent. 1. TELEHEALTH Have you ever had to drag your child on a rainy day to the doctor, along with her 20 pounds of medical equipment, just so the doctor can renew a prescription that she has been on for three years? It’s a waste of everybody’s time, but most insurance plans previously mandated in-person visits. Now, almost all health services are being offered via telehealth, with consultations over video or the phone, and most payers are reimbursing these visits. Children are able to stay in the comfort of their homes, with less risk of catching any bug in the doctor’s office, and

College For Living

The College for Living is a tuition-based program designed to meet individuals' unique needs as they complete high school and begin to plan for living on their own as an adult.    Transitioning from home to independent life can be both an exciting time and a difficult time, especially when support resources are limited.  Learn more here CFL Virtual Info by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd