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Got Transition Family Toolkit!

  Having trouble viewing this email?  Click here What is Health Care Transition? Health care transition, or HCT, is the process of moving from a child/family-centered model of health care to an adult/patient-centered model of health care, with or without transferring to a new clinician. It involves planning, transfer, and integration into adult-centered health care. The goals of health care transition are:  To improve the ability of youth and young adults with and without special health care needs to manage their own health care and effectively use health services, and  To ensure an organized process in pediatric and adult health care practices to facilitate transition preparation, transfer of care, and integration into adult-centered health care. Got Transition , a program of The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, is the federally funded national resource center on HCT. With its National Family Health Care Transition Advisory Group, Got Transition has developed a new tool

Homeschooling and Distance Learning Resources for Special Needs Students

The team at recently developed   a comprehensive homeschooling guide for parents of special needs children , which is filled with helpful resources and information. The goal is to inform parents and students about critical information regarding their homeschooling or distance education and share different resources that will help set them up for success. Our   Resources for Homeschool and Distance Learning for Students With Special Needs guide   offers in-depth information in several areas, including: How to choose a homeschool curriculum Important definitions that outline what special needs means in a school context Advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling and distance learning Some fun learning activities and tools parents can incorporate into their lesson plans Homeschool organizations that offer further resources You can also find Indiana homeschool information and requirements here

APTC Increases and Other Marketplace Changes

From Covering Kids & Families of Indiana   As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, most Marketplace enrollees will benefit from increased Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTC) for 2021 and 2022. These higher APTCs will lower consumers’ premiums. New enrollees will automatically see the additional benefits. Current enrollees will need to update their Marketplace account to receive some of the benefits now or can wait until filing their 2021 taxes to receive the full benefits. Money saved from January until the consumer updates their account can be claimed when they do their 2021 taxes ( learn more ). To receive additional APTC now, consumers should submit an application update to receive an updated eligibility determination. Consumers need to choose the “report a life change” pathway to update their application and then click the option for “change to my household’s income”, even if all the information on the application remains the same. After submitting the application update and r

Without Words: Nonverbal Communication

  By Marty Stone, Specialist   When I became pregnant with my son, I started to wonder what his first words would be. I dreamed of the day when he would say "I love you, mom."    I am still waiting for that day. My son is 12 years old. He has autism and other medical conditions that prevent him from verbalizing his wants and needs. Although he cannot verbalize, he communicates with an electronic device, low tech methods of communication, some sign language, and gestures.  This method of communication is referred to as augmentative and alternative communication or AAC. When a child cannot communicate, they often exhibit challenging behaviors to express their frustrations. An AAC communication system such as sign language, PECS, or speech generating devices can help reduce meltdowns by giving the child a voice. Sign language is often used for children who are not talking. Sign language can introduce the concept of cause and effect related to communication. One of the biggest li

IDOE Seeks Comment on Federal Waiver Request

IDOE is inviting the public to provide feedback regarding the state’s request for a  one-year waiver  from the U.S. Department of Education regarding federal accountability requirements. Specifically, a waiver from the following: Annual assignment of federal ratings based on 2020-2021 data; Identification for federal statuses of comprehensive, targeted, and additional targeted support based on 2020-2021 data; Measurement of progress toward long-term goals based on 2020-2021 data; Adjustment of a school’s academic achievement (proficiency) score based on a participation rate below 95 percent; and Annual reporting of certain data related to accountability based on 2020-2021 data. To comment, complete this  JotForm  by April 16 or  EMAIL WITH QUESTIONS.

Informational Meeting - LDA of Indiana

Join a virtual information session to learn more about getting involved and supporting our state affiliate of the Learning Disabilities Association of America in Indiana being held on  May 20th from 7:30-8:30pm ET. Indiana Flyer by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd

3-Day Early Childhood Development Training from HANDS in Autism

The HANDS in Autism ®  Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center is hosting a 3-Day Early Childhood Development Training for professionals. Having children as part of intensive trainings such as these are a unique and integral part to ensuring the participants have opportunities to see, understand, and, most importantly, implement the practices they are learning. We would love the opportunity to potentially partner with you and have your student(s) attend and be a part of this experience. We are looking for 3-4 students per 3-Day Training who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or other social, communication, behavior or neurodevelopmental disorders who are also between the ages of 2-6 years.       In 2021, we have opportunities available for children or student participants during the following weeks:  · Wednesday, April 7—Friday, April 9  · Wednesday, October 6—Friday, October 8    If selected for participation, your student(s) will work directly with HANDS trainers and focu

Marketplace Special Enrollment Period

From Covering Kids & Families of Indiana   The Marketplace special enrollment period (SEP) on  has been extended through August 15, 2021. During this time, consumers can enroll in or switch health insurance plans.   Information and guidance are being updated regularly. In light of new information in a  technical assistance document  published on 3/23/21, we would like to update what was published in News & Views on February 4, 2021. The document states  “Current enrollees can change to any available plan with the same level of coverage as their current plan.”  During this special enrollment period through 8/15/21, consumers are not limited to switching plans within a certain level. Consumers may choose a plan from any insurance company and any metal level. 2021 CMS SEP Guidance SEP Extension Notice

Youth Training Program Summer Series

Open to Youth Ages 14-22 Enrolled in School Self-Advocacy for Youth June 1 to June 17 or July 6 to July 22 Students will meet for (1) one-hour group session and (1) 30-minute individual session per week. FEAT (Family Employment Awareness Training) for Youth June 1 to July 22 Students will meet with a trainer for 1-2 ½ hours per week. To refer someone or to register,  CLICK HERE. Any questions? Contact us at:  or 800-332-4433.