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Parent's Corner

Child Find

If a student is not improving, there are state laws that require all educators to find students that are not performing on grade level and not improving despite Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) interventions to determine if they have a disability. This law is called "Child Find".

Child Find Legal Requirements

  • Child Find is a legal requirement that schools find all children who have disabilities and who may be entitled to special education services.
  • Child Find covers every child from birth through age 21. Public schools age 3-21
  • The school must evaluate any child that it knows or suspects may have a disability.

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/your-childs-rights/basics-about-childs-rights/child-find-what-it-is-and-how-it-works (Links to an external site.)

 

Special Education Resources for Parents

Common Special Education Acronyms

Special Education Eligibility Areas

Indiana Graduation Pathways

DOE: Laws and Resources 

  • Article 7
  • Navigating the course
  • Notice of Procedural Safeguards, multiple languages are available
  • Federal Laws and Related Resources

 

Educational, Transition, Self Advocacy

IN*SOURCE
  • Provides information about the special education process and provides IEP support to families.

 

Transition Resources for the State of Indiana

Arc of Indiana
  • Provides information, referrals, and advocacy regarding services for people with developmental disabilities.

Area Agencies on Aging
  • Provide case management, information, and referrals to various services for persons who are aging or developmentally disabled.
Bureau of Developmental Disabilities
  • Services for individuals with developmental disabilities that enable them to live as independently as possible in their community.

Erskine Training Institute

  • Mission to provide opportunities for postsecondary vocational training

First Steps

  • Early Intervention system for infants and toddlers with special needs
Indiana Council on Independent Living
  • Provides information and peer support to individuals with disabilities regarding independent living services

Indiana Disability Rights

  • Provides information and resources in regard to rights of individuals with disabilities
Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (IIDC)
  • Center on Transition provides resources and technical assistance to families and professionals.

IRCA (Indiana Resource Center for Autism)

  • Providing workshops, articles, materials and resources designed to support individuals with autism

Janus Developmental Services

  • Providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate and contribute within the community
Medicaid / Hoosier Care Connect / Hoosier Healthwise
  • Public health insurance for children, young adults, and those with disabilities.

Medicad Waiver Information

  • Medicaid Waivers allow an individual to use traditional Medicaid services and the additional services available

Indiana Medicaid Waiver Disability Services and Waivers

Noble of Indiana

  • Expanding opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities
Social Security Administration
  • Provides cash assistance to low-income children and adults with disabilities.
Ticket to Work
  • A program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Provides individualized services to enhance and support people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain or retain employment.

 

Self Advocacy

Indiana Legal Services
  • Provides civic legal assistance to low-income people throughout Indiana.

Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services
  • Provides information and support about the rights of children and adults with disabilities.

Self Advocates of Indiana
  • Statewide advocacy organization that empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.