HANDS in Autism® is pleased to announce upcoming dates for their Local Community Cadres (LCCs). LCCs are networks of families and professionals supporting and serving individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other intellectual and developmental disabilities that are set up regionally. The LCCs have proven to be a great way to build networks of people representing families, schools, medical providers and others. These individuals partner to share resources, information and events within their communities, as well as helping HANDS in Autism® develop trainings and offer them in different communities based on input from the LLCs. HANDS in Autism facilitates these networks by holding web-based calls and live meetings and events. This year, the LCCs will be more integral in that they will be key informants from their communities as HANDS in Autism® leads the Indiana Interagency Autism Coordinating Council and the Comprehensive State Plan. For additional information on the HANDS LCCs, please visit the HANDS in Autism® LCC web page.
Earlier today, the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services released comprehensive transition plans for both the Family Supports (FSW) and the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waivers. These transition plans are required to illustrate how Indiana will bring Indiana's services into compliance with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rules for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS).
For the original publication, please click here. The following is a text version of the original publication.
To: Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services Providers and Stakeholders
From: Nicole Norvell, Director, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services
Re: State Wide Transition Plans for Public Comment
Date: October 31, 2014
The Family and Social Services Administration’s (FSSA) Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) and the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning (OMPP) have developed two comprehensive transition documents outlining Indiana’s plans to meet the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rules for both the Family Supports (FSW) and the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waivers.
Throughout INARF’s 40th Anniversary celebration, members have sent in dozens of photos of Rubi – traveling the world, visiting with clients, volunteering, and sharing moments with agency staff. As much as we would like to continue her journey, the 40th Anniversary celebration must come to an end. With that being said, the photo contest will be closed for submission at the end of business on Friday, November 7th. Please note that this is a change from the original contest end-date. We appreciate all of you that celebrated with us throughout 2014 and will continue to celebrate success with us moving forward.
Last week, Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program launched a Twitter campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of work for individuals with disabilities. The campaign, called #Work4LifeIN, is a social media initiative developed to encourage transition-age youth to share their personal stories of the value of employment in their lives. The Twitter Feed will also act as a discussion forum for VR Services and the benefits of employment.