The Arc Advocacy Network

The Arc Advocacy Network’s team of family advocates provide information, referral and advocacy to assist and guide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Applying for and navigating government programs including:
    • Medicaid
    • Medicaid Waivers
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
    • Vocational Rehabilitation, including learning about and accessing community employment and career pathways
    • Community Living Options
  • Developing relationships within the community and using resources and supports that may already exist
  • Using the LifeCourse Framework to help families and people with disabilities identify their vision of a good life and identify strengths, resources, and supports to achieve that vision
  • Learning about guardianship and alternatives to guardianship, including supported decision-making
  • Assisting families in navigating their healthcare coverage, increasing knowledge of basic healthcare coverage issues, and finding resources to cover additional healthcare costs
  • Providing information and resources available for individuals interested in transitioning from nursing facilities and group homes to a home in the community
  • Becoming a Self-Advocate and connecting to Self-Advocates of Indiana

The Arc Advocacy Network is available for presentations and to exhibit at local events.

We’re Here to Help!
317-977-2375   800-382-9100  

Karly Sciortino-Poulter – The Arc Advocacy Network Director
Michele Trivedi – Insurance Advocacy Resource Center Manager
Cyndi Johnson – Family Advocate
Ofelia Jimenez – Family Advocate – Bilingual Spanish/English
Mary Jo Lee – Family Advocate
Joanne Tedesco – Family Advocate
Ella Boyd – Chapter and Self Advocacy Engagement Director
Shawn Fulton – Education and Training Coordinator
Melody Cooper – Self-Advocate Specialist
Randy Krieble – Consultant