Resources

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Research

Legal resources

  • Wrightslaw
    Information on special education laws and advocacy for children with disabilities

Information and Support

  • Autism Society of America (ASA)
    National group that offers many support chapters.
  • Autism Society of Indiana (ASI)
  • Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
    Organization dedicated to providing support and information for families affected by autism.
  • First Signs
    Their mission is to ensure the best developmental outcome for every child by promoting awareness regarding the most important and often overlooked aspects of development: social, emotional, and communication.
  • Autism Link
    This site contains discussion forums, chat rooms, resources by state, mentor program, recommended reading, and other information relating to autism.
  • The Autism Calendar
    A website divided into individual states that provides information on events and meetings in your local area.
  • Autism Community Store
    An online store dedicated to providing materials to help families and professionals with awareness, diet, biomedical supplies, teaching, and other products related to autism treatment.
  • The Autistic Traveler
    Central source of information for traveling with children with autism. This site will also provide useful links to enable you to successfully plan and execute a memorable vacation for you and your entire family.
  • People’s Guide to Autism
    A helpful website with many links regarding the history of autism, screening tools, how autism is diagnosed and much more.
  • Parenting Magazine Resources
    An online magazine with information about activities, services, independent living and advocacy.

ABA Education and Career Information

Teaching Materials

ONLINE GROUPS and RESOURCES

Answers for Autism Contact:  Patty Reed, 800-449-0560
This group is an awareness and fundraising organization with many volunteer opportunities.
patty.reed@answersautism.org
Website:  http://www.answersautism.org

Arc of Indiana
Committed to all people with developmental disabilities realizing their goals of learning, living, working, and playing in the community.
http://www.arcind.org
https://www.facebook.com/TheArcofIndiana

ARNI Autism Resource Network of Indiana
www.arnionline.org
A public online database of events, providers, and other information.

ASK About Special Kids
www.aboutspecialkids.org
https://www.facebook.com/AboutSpecialKids
317-257-8683
800-964-4746

Autism Companion Magazine
https://www.facebook.com/AutismCompanion

Autism Resources of Indiana
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Autism-Resources-of-Indiana/173830779478997

Big Red Safety Toolkit—print for free at http://nationalautismassociation.org/docs/BigRedSafetyToolkit.pdf

CACP (Cornerstone Autism Center Parents) www.facebook.com/groups/594264280690573
Closed group for Cornerstone parents only.

IN*SOURCE
http://insource.org/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/INSOURCE/122890952174

IRCA Indiana Resource Center for Autism
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Indiana-Resource-Center-for-Autism-Indiana-University/134817413893

My Autism Team
http://www.myautismteam.com

The Arc of Tippecanoe County
PO Box 1222 Lafayette, IN 47902-1222 director@arcoftippecanoe.org (765) 476-3277
http://www.arcoftippecanoe.org/wp/

ACTIVITIES for PEOPLE with AUTISM

Archers for Autism  (Free)
http://www.archersforautism.org/
Phone: 317 753-8454
johnny@archersforautism.org
shane@archersforautism.org
All levels of ability are welcome! We meet bi-weekly at the Outdoorsman Sports Shop in
Bickelinc@yahoo.com

A club for middle and high schoolers with High Functioning Autism. This is a place to meet interesting people, not a social skills group; there are no formal social skills lessons. Adults are there to make sure safety rules are followed. Parents are also welcome to stay for the meetings.

Indianapolis Adults on the Spectrum
Contacts: Joe Obergfell and Dusk Anderson
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndyAS
joeobergfell@midwestaspergers.com
duskanderson@midwestaspergers.com

A place for Adults who are on the Spectrum to talk and develop friendships.

Lafayette Adults on the Spectrum
For adults with Autism (not a parent support group)
Contact: Colleen Hoffman choffman12@yahoo.com
Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month

Rainbow’s END Special Needs Swimming
Center Grove
Optimistindiana.org Swimming

rainbowsendoptimistclub@gmail.com

Also have a program to teach kids how to ride a bike.

WL SNAAP (Special Needs Aquatics and Activities Programs)
Andrea Gilkison
Swimming, Dance

Furry Friends GW Library (Free, registration required)
Furry Friends is a program designed to aid struggling and reluctant readers by providing a non-judgemental audience.
http://www.greenwoodlibrary.us/furryfriends.asp?printv=1&

JacksDogs.org (non-profit)
http://jacksdogs.org/index_files/clients.htm
jacksdogs@iquest.net visit schools

Critter shows at Indy Libraries (free, open to public)
http://www.imcpl.org/events/detail/?event_id=3692&schedule_id=39365
Children of all ages and families are invited for an engaging show presented by Animalia that introduces them to up to five different animals.

Tablet Reconnect
Ipads for Bartholomew Co children with Disabilities   http://www.tabletreconnect.com/   If you are interested in applying for a free tablet, please download our application from the “Application” link on the left menu bar. Please make sure that your child meets all of the qualification criteria before submitting your application. If you would like to donate your tablet or support us financially to continue to provide tablets to children with special needs, please send an email to Donate@TabletREconnect.com

Sibling Network Columbus
There is a new Sibling Network formed under the Arc of Bartholomew County. It is a group that is focused on having a safe place for siblings to talk and network about their own challenges that they face. They are meeting at the Arc of Bartholomew county at 6:00 p.m.

The Arc of Bartholomew County provides advocacy, resources and support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc assists individuals in finding local, state and federal resources. The Arc also provides resources, books and adaptive equipment through its Resource Lending Library. Mon – Wed: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
2060 Doctors Park Dr, Columbus, Indiana 47203
http://www.thearcbc.org

CSHCS (children’s special health care services) supplement to your insurance, for children with specific health conditions. can pick up copays/deductibles with some restrictions.
http://www.state.in.us/isdh/19613.htm

It’s based on income and here’s a chart to reference.
http://www.state.in.us/isdh/19625.htm

Paws with a Cause
https://www.pawswithacause.org/contact

Assistance Dogs International
http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/

PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

Afternoon Away Sibshops
Northview Church
12900 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel, 46033
Contact: Shanna Banks, 317.846.2884
www.northviewchurch.us

Sibs meet together 2-3 Sundays a year from 2-5pm while their special needs siblings are cared for by volunteers – giving parents time away.

Autism Society of America, Indiana Chapter
Phone: 1-800-609-8449
Executive Director: Dana Renay
Lead Ally: Mary Roth
Email: info@inautism.org  Website: http://www.inautism.org

Central Indiana Autism Support Group
Presented by Noble
6060 North College Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46220
Contact:  Molly Lang, M.S.W.
317-254-2309,  m.lang@mynoblelife.org

SIBSHOPS
Katy Messuri, 317-466-2001 ext. 3087

Johnson County Autism Support Group
Contact: Sheila Benham,  Sheila@jcasg.org
Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church
3100 W. Stones Crossing Rd., Greenwood, IN
http://jcasg.com

NAA NWI– National Autism Association Northwest Indiana Chapter
7pm monthly at Indiana Wesleyan University
8415 Georgia Street, Merrillville, IN  46410 (near Outback Steakhouse).
http://northwestindianaautism.com

Sib Teen Closed Facebook group.
Sib Teen is a place where teenage siblings of people with disabilities can connect with others who “get it.” www.facebook.com/groups/SibTeen

Columbus Autism Network
Contact:  Christine Belviy, 812-371-2600
columbusautismnetwork@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/groups/Columbusautismnetwork

First Thursday of each Month at 6:30pm at the Arc of Bartholomew County, 2060 Doctors Park Drive, Columbus

Easter Seals Crossroads &
Autism Family Resource Center

4740 Kingsway Dr, Indianapolis, 46205
Contact: Amy Miller, 317-466-1000
amiller@eastersealscrossroads.org
www.eastersealscrossroads.org

Columbus Area Support Group
Contact: Nancy Conner, 812-373-2190,
connern@bcsc.k12.in.us  or Angela Prather, 812-376-4489

Usually meets on the third Tuesday at Parkside Elementary School. Childcare is provided.

Somewhere on the Spectrum
Wabash Center 2000 Greenbush Street Lafayette, IN 47904  Meets every third Monday of the month from 7-8:30. Childcare provided.
Andrea Gilkison
800-609-8440 ext 404
andrea@inautism.org

TACA Coffee Talk – Indiana Chapter Families with Autism Helping Families with Autism Web: http://www.tacanow.org/local-chapters/midwest/indiana Meets the second Monday each month, 7-9 pm at IHOP 96th Street 9750 North by Northeast Blvd Fishers, IN 46037

Zionsvile Aspergers Support Group
Contacts: Rebecca Wood and Jena Roy (317) 733-6290
rwood54@hotmail.com and jenaroy@hotmail.com

GRANDPARENTS SUPPORT GROUP

Linda Knoderer, 765-438-4792  rlknoderer@yahoo.com

Diane Quillico, 317-882-1914 dquillico@sbcglobal.net

Books are available to current Cornerstone parents and staff to borrow for a two week period.  Email sedwards@cornerstoneautismcenter .com with the title to check availability and to borrow the book.