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IPMG Informational Webinar - What is the FINDER Program?

  Please join IPMG for their June Informational Webinar: What is the FINDER Program?, June 24, 2022 at 11:30 AM EDT. This training will focus on the FINDER program - a free online resource designed to collect and organize contact and service information from providers about disability-related services, programs, equipment, training, events, and advocacy opportunities available across Indiana. During this interactive demonstration, you will learn what FINDER is all about, how it works, and the many ways it can support individuals, families, and professionals seeking resources. Register Here

Mandatory BDDS HCBS provider training: Guardianship and decision making

T he Bureau of Developmental Disability Services is committed to supporting our provider network in working toward a true person-centered system which includes ensuring that those who support individuals honor individual rights and understand the role of guardians. As part of that commitment, BDDS is hosting a web-based training opportunity focused on individual rights within the context of guardianship. We are pleased to offer this in partnership with Indiana Disability Rights. Melissa Keyes, executive director of Indiana Disability Rights, will cover: Self-determination and decision-making Guardianship role and responsibilities Guardians and home-and community-based services Addressing disagreements How you can support decision-making This opportunity is being provided at no cost to participants and is  mandatory  for all current Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services home-and community-based services providers. This means if your organization is a current BDDS service provide

Paid Guest Blogs for CommunicationFIRST

Did you know CommunicationFIRST pays AAC users and others with speech-related disabilities $200 to write guest blog posts for their  website ? Guest blogs should be related to people who need AAC, or about communication access, rights, or discrimination in some way. They should ideally be between 750 and 1,000 words, but they can be flexible. If you would like to pitch an idea for a guest blog, please write to . 

Senators Call for a Study on Disability Related Barriers to Health Care

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and four of their colleagues in sending a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that the agency conduct a comprehensive, wide-ranging study into the persisting barriers that Americans with disabilities of all backgrounds experience in accessing healthcare, including access to medical treatment, services, equipment and more. Along with Brown and Duckworth, this letter was cosigned by U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “We write to request that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a study on barriers people with disabilities experience in accessing healthcare—including reproductive healthcare—in the United States,”  the senators wrote in their letter.  “Even though discrimination based on disability is prohibited by law, people with disabilities continue to face issues with accessibility when it come

Wandering Quick Tips

  NAA Wandering One Sheeter Quick Tips by Indiana Family to Family on Scribd Autism and Wandering Prevention Tips Flyer Spanish by Indiana Family to Family on Scribd

Family advocates and providers needed for Child Mental Health Wrapround Advisory Group

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction is planning to make changes to the Child Mental Health Wraparound services training and support for the unpaid caregiver and habilitation. We are forming a small advisory workgroup made up of family advocates, state staff and providers. This workgroup will meet virtual or in-person monthly for 4-6 months. The meetings will last between one and two hours and be focused, cover specific topics, include meeting minutes and the ability for participants to make recommendations. Please complete the survey,  available by clicking here,   if you are interested in participating. Providers who are selected to participate will be notified via email. Please feel free to forward this survey to CMHW families, past or present, and/or clinical supervisors who may wish to participate. The survey will close on June 6, 2022.