Exceptional Learners Links
The Harrison County Exceptional Learners Cooperative serves all three school districts within Harrison County. You can reach the HCELC by calling 812-738-2094 or via email by clicking here.
Useful Links/Resources for Parents
- 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 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)
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
- 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
Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs. The state information 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.