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JJMF Virtual Music Therapy for Families

  From CNF's Weekly Announcements and Opportunities Newsletter 2.16.21 Join the June Jessee Memorial Foundation online to enjoy a virtual group music therapy session hosted by Maria Carron, founder of Midwest Music Therapy. Upcoming sessions are on  Feb. 27 and March 27. Maria is an experienced music therapist specially trained as a Neurological Music Therapist. Children with medically complex, neurological conditions and their siblings are invited to sing, dance, and play along with Maria’s engaging musical activities. The virtual event is free, but reservations are required.  Sign up here.

YASA is looking for a few more youth leaders!

YASA, the Youth as Self Advocates Project of Family Voices (formerly KASA, Kids as Self Advocates), is seeking youth with disabilities and/or chronic health care needs, between the ages of 13 and 26 to serve on the all-youth volunteer Advisory Board.       They are leaders in their communities, and  help spread helpful, positive information among their peers to increase knowledge around various issues. They also help health care professionals, policymakers and other adults in our communities understand what it is like to live their lives and they participate in discussions about how to help each other succeed.      YASA is looking for youth who want to help continue building a dynamic national community and who are looking for opportunities to develop strong leadership skills.    In the last year, YASA members participated in a “Youth Perspective on Transition” video story project with the Council of State Governments,  joined youth advisory workgroups for two telehealth projects; the

ABLE Accounts: Top Three Questions: January/February

  From AchievABLE, newsletter from the ABLE National Resource Center 2.2021 This month, we answer the following questions: If I receive economic relief payments, can I save this money in my ABLE account? Will I receive any ABLE-related tax forms from my program? In most months, my income is higher than my expenses and, even though I would love to save money in an ABLE account, I rarely have extra income to save. I thought people who received SSI and/or SSDI were not allowed to work so are there any strategies for finding income to save in an ABLE account? Find out the answers to these questions .

Overcoming COVID-19's Impact on Your Student with Special Needs

  From Wright's Law Tell your friends about this  FREE  live class! Varsity Tutors Welcomes Pete Wright on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 7-8 PM EST About the Class... In this live class for families navigating the complex world of special education, we'll discuss strategies for making the best of school closures. We'll explore topics like understanding your child's progress and regression, compensatory education, contingency plans, and how to get your student's education back on track. Learn more about  Varsity Tutors! Enroll Now

Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services: Family & Caregiver Training

  From INvision DDRS Newsletter 2.2021 As individuals, families and teams discuss their vision of a good life, increased independence is often a cornerstone of that conversation. Remote Supports can be an avenue for a person 14 years or older to increase their autonomy while building skills. Remote supports are generally considered to be video or audio monitoring support and can be implemented in countless ways to simultaneously support privacy and safety, leading to improved decision-making skills, encouraging independence and opportunities to enhance daily living and problem-solving skills. Both the Community Integration and Habilitation and Family Support waivers include remote support services that are provided by six vendors throughout the state. You can talk to your case manager about including Remote Supports in your Person-Centered Individualized Support Plan as a person-centered solution for increased independence. Building their competencies through family and caregiver trai

Indiana State Psychiatric Hospital Network to integrate Trauma-Informed Care Model

The Indiana State Psychiatric Hospital Network, which consist of the six state psychiatric hospitals, is enhancing their recovery models of treatment with the integration of the Trauma-Informed Care model. This is being done in an effort to improve the delivery and receipt of psychiatric health care for our fellow Hoosiers with mental health and substance use disorders. Trauma-Informed Care assumes that an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. TIC recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma may play in an individual’s life. The model embraces cultural, policy and communication methods that support a trauma-informed environment to provide an environment of safety, trust, peer support, collaboration, empowerment, cultural humility, and responsiveness.  You can read more about Trauma-Informed Care here. TIC is a cultural shift for the Indiana State Psychiatric Hospital network. The implementation process will be continuously monito

Augmentative and Alternate Communication Needs Survey

Old Dominion University researchers are seeking guardians of children aged 3-9 with augmentative and alternative communication needs for communication to participate in a study related to guardians’ experiences of stress and support. Communication modalities can include, but are not limited to gestures, body language, sign language, facial expressions, sounds, words, pictures, objects, photographs, writing, communication boards/books, and speech generating devices. The goal is to integrate results into family-centered provision for improved collaboration. Participation involves 2 online surveys.  CLICK HERE  for the first survey. For more information, contact  Meredith Gohsman .

Launch Into Life

From Autism Society of Indiana This program will address the shortcomings caused by the lack of systems in place for transition aged students between 16-23. The Launch into Life program will provide a comprehensive plan utilizing the Life Course model to address goals in the areas of Daily Life and Employment, Community Living, Safety and Security, Healthy Living, Social and Spirituality, and Citizenship and Advocacy. Through a series of eight classes and one on one attention, we hope to improve their lives in practical aspects to help them be ready to move into adult life. Enroll Today!

DIY Assistive Technology for the New Normal

From AbleNet University Mar 10, 2021 03:00 PM in  Central Time (US and Canada) COVID-19 pushed the fast forward button on distance and e-learning. Quickly we found out we weren’t as prepared in AT as we thought we were for solving AT issues at home. How can DIY AT help? How can we help parents with AT solutions at home? How can we assist therapists, teachers, and other educators with AT solutions during times of e-learning? Come learn about creative and innovative solutions for using assistive technology in the home DIY environment as well as resources for providing virtual AT services. During this presentation we will show how DIY AT can benefit you in times of distance learning, emergencies, and especially in your daily practice and therapeutic environments. Session level: Beginner/Intermediate Session duration: 1-hour Register Here

Marketplace Special Enrollment Period

From Covering Kids & Families of Indiana   The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced a special enrollment period (SEP) of February 15th - May 15th for the   Marketplace. Consumers can apply for coverage or update an existing application. Consumers have 30 days after submitting an application to choose a plan.  Coverage will begin the first day of the month following the date of plan selection. Current enrollees can change to any available plan within the same level of coverage as their current plan. Consumers are not required to provide documentation of a qualifying event (e.g. loss of a job or birth of a child).  CMS will be promoting the SEP with paid advertising and direct outreach to consumers in English, Spanish and other languages.  Data collected by   Health Reform: Beyond the Basics  shows that in Indiana 70% of consumers qualified for the Premium Tax Credit and 42% qualified for