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In Memory of Ilene Younger Qualkinbush

September 5, 1926 – May 14, 2020 It is with great sadness, but with immense appreciation for her life, that we share the news that Ilene Younger Qualkinbush, the “founding mother” of The Arc of Indiana, passed away on May 14, 2020 at the age of 93. Inspired by her daughter Susan, who was born…

COVID-19 Information and Resources

The Arc of Indiana has developed a resource page on our website to help provide the most recent, factual information regarding COVID-19. The resource page also includes links to virtual educational and fun activities for young and old to utilize while we are spending our days at home. Please visit the resource page often as…

Medicaid Waiver Redesign – Pause on Redesign Efforts

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has begun the process of redesigning  Medicaid waivers through the Bureau of Developmental Disability Services (BDDS).  Visit and bookmark The Arc of Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver Redesign Information Page for up-to-date information on the waiver redesign process. Waiver Redesign virtual meetings and listening sessions cancelled Due to the…

Join Our Fight!

It’s 2020, but people with intellectual and developmental disabilities still face numerous barriers to a truly integrated life in the community. Too many people are stuck in institutions, too many cannot access services due to low DSP wages, too many face unemployment and underemployment. Threats to federal programs threaten to undermine progress and negative bias…

Joint statement on abuse of Roncalli student with Down syndrome

“No voice is too soft when that voice speaks for others.” ― Janna Cachola As advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, we were deeply disturbed to learn of the abuse of a young man with Down syndrome by fellow students at Roncalli High School (Indianapolis, IN). First, we would like to express our support for…

New Policy on Reimbursement for Out of State Medicaid Waiver Services

Effective November 8, providers of Home and Community Based Services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities may receive reimbursement for services provided outside of Indiana in limited circumstances under Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver program. Reimbursement is allowable for the following activities and services when provided outside of Indiana, if they are documented in an individual’s…

2019 Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly adjourned on April 24th. We achieved several great successes this year, but are already looking ahead to 2020 to work on some issues that didn’t make it across the finish line. The need for a wage increase for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) continues to be a critical…

2019 Public Policy Agenda

Executive Summary and Talking Points The 2019 legislative session provides many opportunities to advance initiatives that will lead to greater independence for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). Following is an overview of The Arc of Indiana’s legislative priorities: * indicates 1102 Task Force Recommendation Executive Summary and Talking Points PDF Fiscal Related…