Advocacy Center

Special Education Transition Fair

As the class of 2018 prepare to graduate, now is the time to find the answers to the questions you’ve been asking yourself as to “What’s next?” The Arc of Evansville, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, and Sycamore Services, Inc. are hosting a Transition Fair to answer any questions you may have about the next step in your life. This free event is open to the public and will be located at the Southern Indiana Career and Tech Center on 1901 Lynch Rd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on March 20, 2018. For questions, please contact Tracy Stricker at 812-492-1204.


Medicaid Waiver Guide

The Medicaid Waiver allows Medicaid to fund supports and services for children and adults with disabilities in their homes or their community.  Medicaid Waivers allow an individual to use traditional Medicaid services along with additional services that are also available under the waiver.

To find out if you or a family member would qualify, visit

Upcoming Task Force Meeting

The next Task Force for Assessment of Services & Supports for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities meeting will be held Friday, February 23, 2018, 10 a.m.—2 p.m. CT, at the Boonville Warrick County Public Library located at 611 West Main Street; Boonville, IN 47601.

All meetings are open to the public and will be streamed live at

Public comment will occur prior to the start of each meeting to provide input regarding services and supports for people with disabilities.

Requests for accommodations for meetings of the task force should be made by contacting Kristina Blankenship at at least 48 hours in advance of the task force meeting.

Task Force Survey

The Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities, established by HEA 1102 in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly, is studying the current system of services for people with I/DD.

To assist The Arc in providing information to the task force, please complete a short survey.  Your input will be shared with the task force.

Survey for Parents, Family Members, and People with I/DD

Survey for Providers, DSPs, and Professionals in Disability Field


Online Family Leadership Skills Training

Indiana families now have access to a new web-based training called Building Family Leaders. This training will help families build knowledge and skills in the area of family leadership to be able to lead, advocate, and engage as partners in the systems that serve their children. There is also no cost to register or use the system.

For more information, click here.


BDDS Notice on Informed Choice for Group Home Residents

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) issued a notice on February 28 regarding the rights of residents of group homes to have informed choice in choosing their day service provider. The notice reads in part, ““Informed Choice” means a consumer has a right to determine, to the maximum extent possible, the services the consumer wants and the provider the consumer wants to deliver those services … individuals are entitled to be given choice regarding their day services options and vocational prospects. The interdisciplinary team is responsible for assuring informed choice including providing information, evaluating the capacity to understand the information, and obtaining a decision from the individual. The full notice can be read at:  Individual Informed Choice and Day Service Options

     Group Home Report

There are currently 3,141 people receiving services in Supervised Group Living (group homes) in Indiana. The occupancy rate, as of the end of February, 2017, is 93%.  Statewide there are a total of 236 vacancies.

     Notice of Part C State Plan Public Comment Period

The State of Indiana is accepting public comment on the Part C State Plan, Indiana’s First Steps program.  Interested persons and organizations may submit written comments for State review until April 20, 2017.   Part C State Application FFY 2017 – Notice of Comment Period

Every Student Succeeds Act Public Meetings

The Indiana Department of Education is scheduling meetings around the state to receive feedback on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  At these meetings, DOE will share an overview of what ESSA requires and their strategy to address those requirements. After the presentation, participants will be asked to share input on specific areas of the plan. It is important for parents and advocates of students receiving special education services to be part of the process.   View Meeting Dates & Locations