The Arc Advocacy Network

We’re Here to Help! Call us and ask to speak with a family advocate. 
317-977-2375   800-382-9100  

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.

Jill Smith – Senior Director of Engagement
Karly Sciortino-Poulter – The Arc Advocacy Network Director
Michele Trivedi – Insurance Advocacy Resource Center Manager
Mike Dunn – Family Advocate
Ofelia Jimenez – Family Advocate – Bilingual Spanish/English
Cyndi Johnson – Family Advocate
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