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Lawrence Advisory Council on Disabilities


Indiana Resource for Autism

Drawing on expertise from across the state, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University  is hosting free family webinars throughout the school year. Our presenters will cover topics that families have brought to us as the areas they need the most help in. The webinars will be on the second Monday of each month, and will start at 6:30pm ET lasting no more than 45 minutes. We'll also leave time for your questions to our presenters at the end of each webinar. Register today for the series, for free! For more information and to register, click here.

 Community Support Groups Panel

  Friday, March 4 @ 1:00 pm  -  2:00 pm Support groups can be a tremendous resource for families. In our community, there are support groups for recovery, lactation, parenting a child with special needs, and more! Join Child Care Answers as they host a panel of community organizations who will be sharing how they support families through support groups and how those groups positively impact those who attend. Panelists will include representatives from Down Syndrome Indiana, Recovery Café, We Bloom, Hendricks Regional Health Breastfeeding Support, and IU Health Moms Group. Register

Be a Presenter at Indiana Family to Family's Heart to Heart Conference

We're seeking applications to present at our 2022 Virtual Heart to Heart Conference. Deadline to submit is March 31. Click the picture below for more information & to submit your proposal.  

Gov. Eric Holcomb extends public health emergency through March 4

On  Feb. 1, 2022,  Governor Eric Holcomb issued   Executive Order 22-02   which extends Indiana’s public health emergency until March 4, 2022.  Indiana’s public health emergency was set to expire on February 1, 2022 and can be extended in 30-day increments at a time under state law.  On January 14, 2022, the federal public health emergency was been extended through mid-April, 2022 and any decision to allow the PHE to lapse would come with 60 days of notice. Due to the extension of the state’s public health emergency, the Indiana Department of Health’s (IDH) Blanket Waivers are currently extended until March 4, 2022.  In addition the IDH Blanket Waivers will last for 45-days after the end of Indiana’s public health emergency based on the  IDH orders that were reissued in August 2021 . For a summary of IDH’s Blanket Waivers,  please click here . In addition the  Indiana Temporary Healthcare Provider Registry  remains active during the Indiana public health emergency. Written by Zach Catt

Work to Include Coalition Presents: Employment First for Transitioning Youth

  February 24, 3:30 to 4:30 pm   Indiana’s’ Work to Include Coalition is hosting an Employment First for Transitioning Youth webinar on February 24 from 3:30-4:30 pm. This webinar is designed to inform and educate stakeholders for Employment First, transition professionals, self-advocates and families on how to navigate systems and find solutions to employment barriers that limit competitive integrated employment for Hoosiers with disabilities. During the webinar, participants will hear both a parent’s and student's perspective about transition planning and services during school years that lead to employment, as well as learning about adult services that support competitive integrated employment. Speakers: Jonathan Kraeszig, Director of Youth Services for Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Jonathan has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.  Dr. Dawn McGrath, Executive Director of IN*SOURCE, a resource and training netw

Fishers Health Dept - Caregiver Support Initiative - input from the disability community needed - Monday, February 7th from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Fishers City Hall Auditorium

To continue to create a culture of health within the Fishers community, on Monday, February 7, the Fishers Health Department will be holding a caregiver meet-up for residents. This initial meet-up will be focused on obtaining resident input to help guide the City and its partners as they begin to implement meet-ups and support groups for the varying needs of our local populations. This discussion will be facilitated by the Fishers Health Department and anyone who is a caregiver, whether it be for a parent, child, or spouse, is welcome to attend. We recognize that the last two years have been especially challenging for many caregivers and we want to honor their dedication and learn how to best support these individuals.  The kickoff session will be from 3:30-4:30 in the Fishers City Hall Auditorium at 1 Municipal Drive, Fishers IN.   Please click here  to register or get added to a contact list to stay up to date with other support group opportunities.

Mississippi State Seeking Adults Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision to Join Pilot Study

Jump-Start Your Job Search! Seeking adults who are blind or have low vision to join our pilot study.  Researchers at the National Research & Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision are testing a new job search skills training program.  When:  February 14-18, 2022 (4+ hours per day)           Where:  Online (Zoom) What does the study involve? ·         Attend a 5-day group training program ·         Provide feedback about the training ·         Take an online survey before and after the training ·         Submit your resume before and after the training Why participate? ·         Learn job-seeking strategies for today’s job market ·         Prepare for those tough interview questions ·         Get support from trainers and your peers ·         Help us improve the program for other blind and low vision job-seekers Who can participate? ·         Age 18+ ·         Blind or have low vision ·         Live in the United States ·         Not working but ready to work ·         Willin

What You Need to Know About Education Scholarship Accounts

What You Need to Know About Education Scholarship Accounts  is being presented by IN*SOURCE and the ARC, in conjunction with the Office of Indiana Treasurer of State & Indiana Department of Education Present from 1:00-3:00 EST on February 24. Participants will learn about the new Indiana Education Scholarship Account Program, administered through the state treasurer’s office, anticipated to launch for the 2022-2023 school year.  REGISTER HERE  This training is being presented by: Jaclyn A. Guglielmo, Executive Director, Indiana Education Scholarship Account Program; Dr. Nancy J. Holsapple, Director of Special Education, Indiana Department of Education; Brad Pendleton, Assistant Director, Indiana Nonpublic Schools; Kim Dodson, Chief Executive Officer, Arc of Indiana; Dr. Dawn McGrath, Executive Director, IN*SOURCE. For more information, please contact Kim Dodson at .

Families Wanted! Survey on Telehealth for Wraparound and SOC

A new blog post from the NWI reviews research – from both before and during the pandemic – that has implications for the use of telehealth for Wraparound and Systems of Care. The research suggests that telehealth can have positive impacts on efficiency, effectiveness and equity. Does this match your family’s experiences with telehealth? Let us know by taking the 3-minute NWI Telehealth Survey.  Read the blog » Take the survey »


In 2020 The Do Over Project opened the Living Wellness Respite Retreat to provide temporary relief for primary caregivers of children with mental health diagnoses, affording families the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate while taking a break from the demands of caregiving.  It  can be accessed when a family is overwhelmed and needs a break, or when something is hindering their ability to care for the child like fire/parent illness/ homelessness.      They are currently funded as part of the CMHW program , so families would need to be in this program to qualify.   They   have a house where they can provide hourly care, planned care, or emergency care.  They can take up to 12 kids at time and maintain at least   a 1:4 ratio. They can provide 1:1 if needed. They are staffed with experienced mental health techs. Programming is aimed at keeping the kids full of activities to help minimize difficulties for them.  They also incorporate some social skills activities.   Most areas have camer