The Arc of Indiana

How The Arc Shaped My Life

Congratulations to The Arc of Indiana on 60 years! Reading the history of The Arc in Indiana led me to reflect on my own relationship with The Arc, and how it has shaped my life. I grew up in the fifties and sixties in West Virginia, like most people in our country, I had little…

An Open Thank You Letter to My Mom

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”  Mitch Albom Dear Mom, With my recent job change in the field of disability, I have found myself pondering more intensely your journey as a mother to a son who happens to have a disability. Your…

A Message of Thanks to John Dickerson

This week The Arc of Indiana bids farewell and best wishes to its longtime leader, John Dickerson. As executive director John transformed services and supports for people with disabilities, making sure they had every opportunity to achieve their dreams of working and living in communities across the state of Indiana. When John began his career…

A Special Message from John Dickerson

I want to share with you today that effective July 1, 2015, I will be stepping down as Executive Director of The Arc of Indiana, and I am pleased to announce that The Arc board of directors has unanimously voted to appoint Kim Dodson as The Arc’s new Executive Director.  I will continue my long…

Imagine – A Gift of Grace

Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine. The movie The Imitation Game shares the story of mathematician Alan Turing, who works to break the German’s enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. Turning is portrayed as an individual who may be on…

Statement from The Arc on Anthem Class Action Lawsuit

The Arc of Indiana, along with other autism advocacy organizations and autism treatment providers, has made various efforts to work directly with representatives from Anthem to address serious concerns that parents, physicians and ABA providers have about the way the company handles medical necessity determinations for autism treatment, specifically for Applied Behavior Analysis therapy (commonly…

ABA Therapy Coverage, Medicaid and the “1634 Transition”

To: Parents of Children with Autism Receiving Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy Services From: Your Indiana Family Advocacy Organizations – About Special Kids (ASK), The Autism Society of Indiana (ASI), The Arc of Indiana, Covering Kids and Families (CKF), Family Voices, The Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (INAAP), and The Indiana Resource Center…

Walking for My Niece, Nephew and All Impacted by Autism

by Katie Batagianis Recently, while my husband and I were watching a basketball game on television, I noticed that one of the coaches was wearing a lapel pin in the shape of a puzzle piece, the nationally recognized symbol for Autism Spectrum Disorder.  I looked up the coach, Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets, and…

Leaving The Institution for A Life In The Community

by Jeff Huffman As I walked the empty halls, I peered into the empty rooms, celebrating the new lives of the residents we moved, but silently grieving for those that lived and passed away in these walls over the years. As I started our consulting company little did I think that one of my first…