Exceptional Learners Links

Governmental Agencies

Indiana Department of Education Division of Exceptional Learners
    Information on special education issues in the state of Indiana

Family and Social Services Administration
    Family and Social Services Administration

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    Offers technical assistance to the public concerning the employment provisions of title I of the ADA

Federal Communications Commission
      Offers technical assistance to the public concerning the communication provisions of the title IV of the ADA.

 U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
    ADA Assistance Line for regulations and complaints.

U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (or Access Board)
     Offers technical assistance to the public on the ADA Accessibility Guidelines.

Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center
    Funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), in
     ten regions of the country, this provides resources and technical assistance on the ADA.

Project ACTION
     Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, this provides ADA information and publications on making transportation
     accessible.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
     A telephone consulting service free of charge, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. It provides information and advice to
     employers and people with disabilities on reasonable accommodation in the workplace.

Administration for Children and Families
  Promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities.


      Child Care

Child Care Aware
    Child Care Aware is a national toll-free child care consumer telephone hotline and web-site. The mission of Child Care Aware is
     to ensure that families have access to accurate, useful information about finding child care.

Healthy Child Care America
     Healthy Child Care America is a collaborative effort to improve the well-being of children in child care settings. The partnerships
     established here, ensure that children are cared for in healthy and nurturing environments and have access to a medical home
     that enables them to receive necessary immunizations, health screenings, and other health and social services.

National Child Care Information Center
      This extensive database of child care information, is maintained and resources are disseminated via information and referral
     services, Internet web-site, publication of the Child Care Bulletin, bimonthly mailings, resource rooms at conferences, and
     through presentations at meetings and conferences.
 
 

      Disability Specific Resources

ADHD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders

Amputee/Limb Differences: Amputee Coalition of America

Angelman Syndrome: Angelman Syndrome Foundation

Apraxia: ApraxiaKids

Asthma: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Asperger: O.A.S.I.S. @ MAAP

Autism: Autism Society of America

Autism: Hands in Autism

 Autism: Indiana Resource Center for Autism

Bipolar: Bipolar Kids

 Brain Injury: Brain Injury Association

Blind/Sight Impaired: American Foundation for the Blind-Midwest

Cerebral Palsy: About Cerebral Palsy.org

Cystic Fibrosis: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Diabetes: American Diabetes Association

Diabetes: Healthline

Down Syndrome: Down Syndrome Indiana

Down Syndrome: National Down Syndrome Society

Down Syndrome: National Down Syndrome Congress

Dyslexia: The International Dyslexia Society

Epilepsy: Epilepsy Foundation of America

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Community Resource Center

Fragile X Syndrome: National Fragile X Foundation

Learning Disability: LD online

Learning Disabilities: Learning Disabilities Association of Indiana

Mental Disabilities: The Arc

Prader-Willi Syndrome: Prader-Willi Syndrome Association

Rett Syndrome: International Rett Syndrome Association

Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration Resource Center

Speech/Language: Indiana Speech, Language, Hearing Association

Spina Bifida: Spina Bifida Association of America

Spinal Cord Injury: National Spinal Cord Injury Association

Williams Syndrome: Williams Syndrome Association
 
 

      Health Insurance Resources for Children
Health Resources and Services Administration
      The federal agency responsible for assuring the availability of quality health care to low income, uninsured, vulnerable and
     special needs populations; fact sheets and links to HRSA programs (e.g. Community Health Centers, Ryan White).

Maternal and Child Health Bureau
     The federal agency responsible for administering the Title V Block Grant; fact sheet on programs, list of State Title V programs.

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, formerly the Health Care Financing Administration, is the federal agency that
     administers the Medicare, Medicaid, and Child Health Insurance Programs.

Social Security Administration
     Administers social security programs (SSI, SSDI) which bring eligibility for public health insurance for people with disabilities
     and their dependents. Go To "disability" for information on benefits, application procedures and childhood listings of
     impairments (the "Blue Book").

Needy Meds
     A good resource for finding information on indigent drug programs offered by pharmaceutical manufacturers.
    

      Mental Health Resources for Children

National Association for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
NAMI Indiana
    The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support, and advocacy organization of
     consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar
     disorder. Resources and information on illnesses, help-line, and education available.

 Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
     Legal advocacy for the civil rights of people with mental disability and resources on advocacy and legislation. See section on
     children's mental health.

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
     A national parent-run organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental disorders
     and their families. Resources and local chapters available.

Mental Health Association of Indiana
 
 

      General Resources for Children

Family Village
     A global community of disability related resources.

Families USA
     Advocates for high-quality, affordable health care and publishes numerous policy papers and hosts the Medicaid Clearinghouse.

 Kaiser Family Foundation
     Health policy research, with a particular emphasis on Medicaid and the uninsured, reproductive health, and HIV. Click on State
     Health Facts for current health information for all 50 states.

American Academy of Pediatrics
    Dedicates their efforts and resources to the health, safety, and well being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
     Resources include publications and educational materials.

National Association of Children's Hospitals (NASHP)
    Membership organization of children's hospitals, large pediatric units of medical centers, and related health systems.
     Publications, advocacy, and Web Resources.

Family Voices
    A national, grassroots organization, speaking on behalf of children with special health care needs; listing of volunteer
     coordinators in every state, other resources and publications for families on health care issues for children with special health
     care needs.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
    A national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families,
     educators, and other professionals; focuses specifically on children and youth (birth to age 22) and has several useful articles
     and contact sheets for parents.

About Special Kids
  Resource for Answers for families of kids with special needs
 
 

      Indiana Disability Resources

INSOURCE
    Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs. The state informatoin and training center for families of children being
     served with special education.

Governor's Planning Council for People with Disabilities
    Promotes public policy that affects persons with disabilities.

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
    Promotes leadership that enables communities to include persons with disabilities.
 
Indiana First Steps
Early Intervention System for infants and toddlers with special needs.