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Kirby, who had a stroke at birth, conquers challenges daily from his cerebral palsy and seizures. Kirby’s family knew from the beginning that he would face these challenges, but never dreamed how KCARC, The Arc in Knox County, would impact their life. Being part of KCARC’s inclusive preschool allowed Kirby to develop relationships with his peers that his family hopes will lead to lifelong friendships. Kirby’s sister, Maeley, now attends the same preschool. Her family hopes this experience will help teach her compassion for others, as well as lead to friendships with peers who have a disability. 

KCARC is one of 43 chapters of The Arc of Indiana.  

News from the State House

Several bills that The Arc is following are scheduled to be heard in committee this week. To watch committee hearings live, online, go to, click on “Watch Live,” click on “House” or “Senate,” and then click on the room in which the bill is being heard.   

SB 61 – Seclusion & Restraint – Senator Randy Head (R-Logansport).  Requires a school resource officer to report all incidents of seclusion and restraint involving the school resource officer.  Requires the commission on seclusion and restraint in schools to adopt rules concerning reporting requirements for the use of seclusion and restraint by school resource officers. Scheduled for hearing Monday, February 6, Senate Civil Law Committee, 10:00 a.m., Senate Chamber.

SB 390 – Employment of Individuals with Disabilities – Senator Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington).  Provides that the policy of the state is to promote competitive, integrated employment, including self-employment as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities. Scheduled for hearing Wednesday, February 8, 10:00 a.m., Senate Pensions and Labor Committee, Room 233. 

SB 438 – Bias Motivated Crimes – Senator Sue Glick (R- Howe).  Makes it an aggravating circumstance (for purposes of imposing a criminal sentence) that the crime was committed with the intent to harm an individual because of a certain perceived or actual characteristics of an individual. Scheduled for hearing Tuesday, February 7, 9:30 a.m., Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee, Room 130.

For a complete list of bills that The Arc of Indiana is following, visit The Arc Bill Report
Contact information for legislators can be found at  or visit The Arc’s Action Center and enter your address to identify your legislators.

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Welcome to FSSA Secretary
Dr. Jennifer Walthall

The Arc of Indiana and INARF welcomed newly appointed FSSA Secretary Dr. Jennifer Walthall at a reception for leaders of The Arc and INARF on February 2.  Pictured clockwise: Dr. Walthall and The Arc Executive Director Kim Dodson, Dr. Walthall and The Arc of Indiana board member William Hawkins, reception attendees listen to Dr. Walthall's comments, Dr. Walthall and The Arc of Indiana President Marlene Lu. 

The Arc US CEO Peter Berns Visits Indy.

Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc of the United States, made a visit to Indiana, February 2 – 3. Peter met with leaders of local chapters of The Arc, The Arc of Indiana staff, and The Arc of Indiana board of directors. If you have not visited The Arc US website, take some time to visit and review their many programs and initiatives, including: Center for Future Planning, Autism NOW Resource and Information Center, National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability, National Council of Self-Advocates, National Sibling Council, and more.

Visit: The Arc of the United States and The Arc – What We Do, Programs and Services

Photo: Peter Berns with The Arc of Indiana President Marlene Lu; Julia Huffman, CEO Noble/The Arc of Greater Indianapolis and ICEArc President

The Arc is inviting people to participate in the 2017 FINDS Survey. The goal of the survey is to learn more about the experiences of parents and family members who provide support to a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability. To participate, the individual must be 18 years or older and provide primary unpaid and frequent support to a person with an intellectual or developmental disability living in the United States (and U.S. territories).  The deadline is March 30.  

2017 FINDS Survey

Medicaid Waiver Update

Individuals new to Medicaid Waiver services, January 2017 

  • Family Supports Waiver (FS) – 254
  • Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver (CIH) – 27
People new to waiver services by state fiscal year:
  • 2017: 2,242
  • 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

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