Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

Whether you’re a consumer, family member, or professional, finding the right resources can be a challenge.

We present here a brief introduction to the resources that may be available to you in addition to Caregiver Homes.

 

What types of resources are available to people with disabilities in Indiana?  The first thought for many is medical services and products.  While doctors and nurses provide important aspects of care, other, community resources are usually necessary too.  For an individual with modest needs, these may include home-delivered meals or 1-2 hours a week of companionship, delivered by family, neighbors, a private charity, or a public program.  For others, help with bathing, dressing or other personal care is needed.  Resources for the home – like fuel assistance – are also important.  These community resources are the primary focus here.

 

Many community resources for people with disabilities are paid for by the state or federal governments.  While these websites are not always easy to navigate, they can be a good starting point.  If you don’t find them helpful, move on to the next section.

 

 

Government Resources in Indiana:

 

Division of Disabilities and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)

http://www.in.gov/fssa/2328.htm

The DDRS provide support and life-long commitment for citizens in need of disability and rehabilitative supports.

 

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program

http://www.in.gov/idoi/2495.htm

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program provides counseling for Medicare beneficiaries in Indiana.

 

 

There are many organizations whose mission includes helping individuals find the right community resources.  These include agencies designated by government to provide information and make referrals to specific services, and advocacy organizations that work to improve life for individuals with disabilities and may have experience and knowledge of community resources.

 

 

Information and Referral Agencies in Indiana:

 

Indiana Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)

http://www.iaaa.org

Indiana Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) develops, coordinates and arranges supportive in-home and community-based services for older adults and people with disabilities.

 

Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana

www.agingihs.org

CICOA provides guidance and some assistance with community living options for seniors and people with disabilities living in Northeast Indiana.

 

Central Indiana Council on Aging

www.cicoa.org

CICOA provides guidance and some assistance with community living options for seniors and people with disabilities living in central Indiana.

 

Easter Seals Crossroads

www.eastersealscrossroads.org

Easter Seals Crossroads provides information and community services to seniors and people with disabilities, including seniors.

 

IN*Source: The Indiana Resource Center for Special Needs

http://insource.org/

IN*SOURCE provides parents, families and service providers in Indiana the information and training necessary to assure effective educational programs and  services for children and young adults with disabilities.

 

 

Advocacy Organizations in Indiana:

 

The ARC of Indiana

http://www.arcind.org/

promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

 

Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

http://www.in.gov/gpcpd/

Our mission is to promote public policy which leads to the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research and advocacy.

 

 

At the end of the day, you will want to find specific providers to meet your needs or those of a loved one, patient, or client.  Caregiver Homes is one such resource.  Statewide, there are too many providers to list here.  Many serve a small area (a single city or a county).  While many do excellent work, we encourage you to ask for references and let the provider know if you have questions or concerns about the service being provided.  While many community resources are paid for by government, you, your loved one, or your patient are the consumer and the services provided should support your independence and dignity. 

 

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