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NAMI Survey - Accessing Mental Health Services 

Affordable mental health and substance use care is crucial to recovery and self-sufficiency. Yet for many, accessing care is like navigating an obstacle course. NAMI is conducting an online survey to explore what people experience when they attempt to access mental health and substance use care compared to other types of medical care. By collecting responses they hope to gain a sense of how coverage affects access to care and what difficulties still exist. Findings will be shared as part of their continuing effort to improve access to quality care.
The survey is open to all individuals and families, regardless of their type of health coverage. Respondents may complete the survey for themselves or on behalf of a loved one. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and is available in English and Spanish.  

Accessing Mental Health Services / English

Accessing Mental Health Services / Spanish

Feedback Requested on Voting Experience

Did you vote in the 2016 Election? The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) wants to hear from voters with disabilities about their Election Day experience. If you voted, and have a disability, please email to share your voting experience.

Everybody Is a Work of Art

Photographer and self-advocate Nathaniel ("Than") Boutelle was interviewed about his life and artistic interests at the 2016 annual conference of Self-Advocates of Indiana.

Learn more and watch a video produced by the Center on Aging and Community at Indiana University whose Story Tent captures the words and experiences of people with disabilities and their advocates.

The Life Unexpected 

From Apostrophe Magazine - The Life Unexpected.

As radio host of her very own podcast, the Coffee Klatch, Marianne Russo has interviewed 100s of experts over years regarding children with special needs. Recently, she's published a book called The Life Unexpected, which intertwines the Coffee Klatch interviews and her experience as a mother of two girls with special needs. She gives advice on how to overcome behavioral challenges.

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#50 - Scott says a lot without saying a word. And what he says is the love he has for his friends, his dog Sasha and his life with his mother Bonnie. A nurse herself, Bonnie knew immediately that Scott would face lifelong challenges, but she still wasn’t prepared for her doctor’s recommendation that she place Scott in an institution. Instead, she contacted Noble/The Arc of Greater Indianapolis. This began a journey that continues today.

Having supports for Scott that she trusted and he enjoyed made all the difference. Scott was able to live at home, and Bonnie was able to pursue a career. Bonnie retired at age 84 and now at 91 says, “I want people to look at Scott and those like him as assets to the community. They offer us all so very much, and we must recognize that.” If Bonnie had placed Scott in an institution, their lives would have been drastically different, and his care would have cost the state nearly $5 million. More important, he would have missed out on living a full life, and all those who know him would have lost out on what they have learned from him.  

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.

A View from My Window  

Listen in to our latest "A View from My Window" podcast. 
A View with Pilot Nathan Mackey

Read Michelle's blog post about Nathan Mackey.
Cleared for take off! - Nathan's Story

A View from My Window is The Arc of Indiana’s podcast, hosted by Michelle Fischer.  Michelle is also a digital contributor to Apostrophe Magazine.  Like A View from My Window on Facebook and follow on Twitter @MFView.  Follow Michelle’s Blog My Life and Stories Behind the Mic

In the News

From the IndyStar – Karen Vaughn, now confined to a nursing home bed, wonders how, as a longtime advocate for Hoosiers with disabilities, she has been institutionalized against her will.

Disabled Advocate Loses Own Fight

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The Arc Master Trust 
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Help for Heating & Cooling Bills 
The Arc Utility Support Program 
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