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VR Public Hearings on Order of Selection   




Public hearings have been scheduled for the public to provide comments regarding Indiana’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services proposal to implement “Order of Selection” in providing vocational rehabilitation (VR) services. Under the proposed amendment to the vocational rehabilitation section of Indiana’s 2017 WIOA Unified State Plan, individuals with the most significant disabilities will be selected first […]

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Updates from DDRS, IDOE, and The Arc




BDDS Notice on Informed Choice for Group Home Residents The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) issued a notice on February 28 regarding the rights of residents of group homes to have informed choice in choosing their day service provider. The notice reads in part, ““Informed Choice” means a consumer has a right to determine, to the […]

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The Case for a DSP Wage Increase




The Arc of Indiana is requesting a 5 percent increase in Medicaid service rates for the Family Support Waiver and the Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver.  75 percent of the revenue received from the waiver service rate increase would be passed through to increase wages paid to direct support professionals (DSPs). This is a request […]

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The Arc to Facilitate Meetings on Supported and Community Employment Options for Individuals Receiving Sub-Minimum Wage




Reforms passed by Congress in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), require individuals receiving a sub-minimum wage to have the opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or regain competitive integrated employment, including supported or customized employment.  The reforms also require that individuals be informed of these opportunities. In response, local VR offices […]

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Action Needed on Affordable Care Act




Does Your Family Depend on the Affordable Care Act for Insurance Coverage?   We need your help! There are serious threats facing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare – as plans to repeal this landmark law develop. We need families and people with disabilities to contact their Senators and Representatives to […]

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Donate & Receive Our Gift – “The Parallel” by Carl Erskine




As Jackie Robinson’s teammate and father of Jimmy Erskine, who was born in 1960 with Down syndrome, Dodger great Carl Erskine was a firsthand witness to “two of the greatest social changes in my lifetime.” Jackie Robinson was a pioneer in proving that people of color belonged in professional sports.  Much in the same way, […]

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Case Management and the Life Course – Announcement from FSSA




This past June, the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services laid the foundation for a collective vision for supporting individuals with disabilities in Indiana. Rooted in the LifeCourse Framework developed by the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, DDRS’s vision brings together commonly held values and beliefs into a comprehensive approach […]

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Supported Decision Making in Indiana – Guardianship, Civil Rights and the Case for a Less Restrictive Environment.




The Arc of Indiana, through a grant from the National Resource Center for Supported Decision Making and the Administration for Community Living, has developed the report, Supported Decision Making in Indiana. Guardianship, Civil Rights and the Case for a Less Restrictive Environment.    The Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary Probate Study Subcommittee […]

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Wait for Medicaid Waiver Services Now One Year




The waiting list for Medicaid Waiver services in Indiana that was once years long is now reduced to 1,706 people waiting for the Family Supports Waiver, with a wait of one year. Individuals who applied in July, 2015 are the next “date of application” to be targeted to receive waiver services. To learn more about […]

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