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Order of Selection Process Approved for Vocational Rehabilitation Services 

Indiana’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) has received federal approval to implement an order of selection – which will require vocational rehabilitation services to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first. The order of selection will be implemented August 1, 2017. Individuals who have an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) in place prior to…

Caregiver Support Services Open for Applications

Caregiver Support Services funds for fiscal year 2018, which began July 1, are now available to an individual who meets the state definition of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Caregiver Support Services are not available if the individual is receiving or begins to receive similar services from any other State or Medicaid funded program. Caregiver Support…

Comments on VR Order of Selection Proposal

The Arc of Indiana submitted the following comments on Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation’s draft amendment to the Vocational Rehabilitation Services portion of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified State Plan.   The Arc of Indiana is a state-wide organization that advocates on issues important to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). It…

New Online Training Resource Helps Families Develop Leadership Skills

From Family Voices Indiana Indiana families now have access to a new web-based training which will help them build knowledge and skills in the area of family leadership. Building Family Leaders will give families access to the tools they need to be empowered to lead, advocate and engage as partners in the systems that serve their children. The idea for…

2017 Legislative Wrap Up

The Indiana General Assembly adjourned Sine Die a little before midnight on Friday, April 21.  Following is a summary of key issues impacting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities followed and advocated by The Arc. HB 1001 – Budget Bill Medicaid Waiver Rates Increased for DSP Wages The two-year biennial state budget includes several initiatives…

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…

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…

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…

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,…