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The Arc of Indiana
2017 Public Policy Agenda 

The Indiana General Assembly met for its annual Organization Day on November 22. The legislature will return for the long session on January 3rd in the Senate and January 4th in the House and both must adjourn by April 29, 2017.  The Arc’s 2017 Public Policy Agenda was approved by the board of directors at their November 18 meeting. The 2017 legislative session provides many opportunities to advance initiatives that will lead to greater independence for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD).  Below is an overview of the legislative priorities for The Arc of Indiana.  

Legislative Priorities   

  • Continue to support efforts to create a sustainable system that attracts and maintains the Direct Support Professional workforce, including raising reimbursement rates for services. 
  • Support efforts to increase preschool funding.
  • Support improved funding for programs and services that support people with disabilities, their families and service providers.
  • Support legislation that provides an appropriation for ABLE accounts to be made available to Hoosiers with disabilities.
  • Support legislation that increases employment opportunities for people with I/DD, including Employment First legislation. 
  • Support bias crimes legislation that increases sentencing to offenders who commit crimes solely based on a person having a disability. 
  • Work to ensure the assessment replacement for ISTEP includes opportunities for students receiving special education services to have access to a test that allows them to demonstrate academic progress with the appropriate accommodations and resources. 
  • Support efforts to update key statutes to make supported decision making a viable option for people with I/DD. 
  • Support legislation that requests a comprehensive study to be developed looking at the services and supports for people with I/DD currently and in the next few years. 
  • Support legislation that puts forth a study of licensure of applied behavior analysts.
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The Arc of Indiana Board of Directors 

The Arc of Indiana 2017 Board of Directors was elected at the annual meeting of The Arc on November 18. Congratulations to all of our directors, and our newly elected officers. 

PRESIDENT - Marlene Lu, Terre Haute
VICE PRESIDENT - Mike Foddrill, Indianapolis
SECRETARY - Kathleen McAllen, Indianapolis
TREASURER - William Hawkins, Indianapolis
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT - Kerry Fletcher, Zionsville  

Nadia Adams, Zionsville
Arvie Anderson, Indianapolis
Sue Bassett, LaGrange
Kreg Battles, Vincennes
Adam Brown, Fishers
Kelsey Cowley, Indianapolis
Linda Finke, Fort Wayne
Carole Guess, Indianapolis
Julia Huffman, Indianapolis
Mike Lankford, Vincennes
David Mank, Bloomington
Danie’l Mize, Columbus
Cody Mullen, West Lafayette
Jericho Quick, Vincennes
Lucinda Weimer, Wolcottville

Photo: Immediate Past President Kerry Fletcher and newly elected President Marlene Lu.

Awards Breakfast to Honor
Senator Luke Kenley, Carl Erskine

The Arc of Indiana will honor Senator Luke Kenley with the 2016 Public Policy award and Carl Erskine with the Lifetime Achievement Award at our 2016 Awards Breakfast, Thursday, December 15. The event will be held at the Skyline Club, 36th Floor, One American Square, Indianapolis, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

$125 per person
$1,000 for table of ten
$2,000 Gold Sponsor
$1,000 Silver Sponsor  

Many know Carl Erskine for his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but his dedication to Hoosiers with disabilities is also worthy of recognition. Carl, along with his wife Betty, began their advocacy for people with disabilities in the 1950s when their son Jim was born with Down syndrome. They became leaders in the early movement to develop programs and services to support people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in communities throughout Indiana. Their work, along with other early pioneers, led to the establishment of Hopewell Center, the local chapter of The Arc in Madison County. Carl is also a longtime supporter of Special Olympics. In 2015, Carl graciously agreed to lend his name to the Erskine Green Training Institute.  

The Arc of Indiana Executive Director, Kim Dodson, presented at Senator Kenley’s annual Leadership Conference for high school leaders on December 2. Senator Kenley was first elected to the Indiana Senate in 1992. He is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a member of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. Senator Kenley has supported many of The Arc’s legislative efforts over the years, including the original seed money that led to the establishment of the Erskine Green Training Institute and teaching hotel. In this past legislative session, Senator Kenley authored and introduced SEA 11, which sets forth Indiana’s ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) program.  

Proceeds from this event benefits The Arc of Indiana
Limited seating available 
2016 Awards Breakfast Information Brochure
2016 Awards Breakfast Online Registration

Welcome, ProKids, Inc. 

The Arc of Indiana welcomes ProKids, Inc. as a new Organizational Member of The Arc. In May of 2002, Marion County First Steps changed its name to ProKids, Inc. and expanded its mission beyond First Steps. ProKids exists to promote the health and development of young children through access to available programs, and education of family members and those who provide services to families and children. The goals of ProKids are to establish priorities for and oversee the appropriation and use of relevant private, state and federal funds for building and supporting a comprehensive system, child/family advocacy, and child-centered services in Indiana.

Learn More

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#49 - The day that Midnight came into their home was an important day in the life of Ron, Larry and Rudy - a family of friends who share a home.  Ron says, “Midnight is the special something in my life that is welcoming at the end of the day, comforting in the middle of the night, and the reason to get up each morning.”  The housemates enjoy many activities together; but when asked what they most enjoy, it’s unanimously, “Midnight!”  

About #60Stories60Years - To celebrate The Arc of Indiana’s 60th Anniversary, we are sharing photos and stories of people with I/DD, their families, and caregivers, #60Stories60Years, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also find photos and stories on our website at 60Stories60Years

Employment Training
Job Development / Job Coach Academy 

December 8 & 9, 2016
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ivy Tech Community College, 261 S. Commerce St., Marion, IN

This hands-on, practical training will provide job developers with skills that will immediately improve their placement and retention outcomes and job coaches with skills that will help them better assist their clients.

Cost: $119 a person for each day
Group rate of $99 a day a person for two or more people
If same person attends both days, cost is $99 a day



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The Arc in Your Community

The art studio at Carey Services, The Arc in Grant and Blackford Counties, has been hard at work this holiday season., and several art pieces have been made into holiday cards. This limited-time opportunity is available for pre-order from now until December 8. You will receive a shrink-wrapped package of 12, 5"x7" cards (2 of each design) with envelopes. Cards will be delivered to Grant County residents by December 12 and 13. Otherwise, the purchaser can arrange for pick-up at one of Carey Services locations in Marion, Wabash or Logansport. Artists will earn commission from the sale of these cards and the original artwork they create. Order your cards at Carey Services Holiday Cards.

Medicaid Waiver Update  

Individuals new to Medicaid Waiver services, November 2016.  
  • Family Supports Waiver (FS) – 139
  • Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver (CIH) – 42
People new to waiver services by state fiscal year:
  • 2017: 1,607
  • 2016: 3,650
Check your status on the waiver waiting list and keep your information updated at BDDS Wait List Portal.

Apply for the Family Supports Waiver through your local office of the Bureau of Developmental Disability Services. Call 800-545-7763.

Learn More about Medicaid Waivers

Need help applying for a Medicaid Waiver? Contact Us

The Arc of Indiana

107 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-977-2375 | Toll Free: 800-382-9100

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