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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…

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…

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…

Now is the Time to Invest in Autism Diagnosis & Treatment

April 2 is World Autism Day, and April is Autism Awareness Month. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control released new information that 1 in 68 children in the US are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.  That is a 30% increase from 2 years ago, when the number was estimated at 1 in 88. Even…

Standards Set for Registered Behavioral Technicians

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board has announced the standards for a new credential for Registered Behavioral Technicians “The BACB is pleased to announce the standards for the BACB’s newest credential – the Registered Behavior Technician™ (RBT™) … the BACB’s Board of Directors authorized the development of this new credential to establish training standards for behavior…

Did You Know? Learn about Children’s Special Health Care Services

Did you know… Indiana has a program called Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS).  CSHCS provides additional medical coverage for children under the age of 21 who have serious, chronic medical conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, chromosomal disorders, complicated medical conditions, and many others.  This is a great program because it can provide coverage…

Our Voice Counts!

My experience at this year’s Disability Policy Seminar was very good, just to see people come together for a very good time. It is very good just to sit and learn and listen about all the discussions and things going on across the country. Being in DC is also very good. I look forward to…

When families seek providers, what will they find?

A few days ago I read this wonderful blog, Our College Tour, from a mom looking for adult services for her son that will start him on his journey to independence. It made me think of all the stories of so many Hoosier families that are starting that journey right now.  Each month approximately 200…