Local Resources

 Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS)
The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) provides services for individuals with developmental disabilities that enable them to live as independently as possible in their communities. BDDS assists individuals in receiving community supports and residential services using a person-centered plan to help determine which services are needed and who can best provide them. BDDS also monitors the quality of care and the facilities of those who are approved to provide these services in Indiana. District 5 supports the following counties: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan & Shelby
7155 Shadeland Station #160
Indianapolis, IN 46256-3961
Phone: 317-845-1646
Fax: 317-845-1652
Toll Free: 1-877-218-3530

Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS)
IPAS purposes to protect and promote the rights of individuals with disabilities through empowerment and advocacy. Services may be requested through Intake Advocacy Specialists, who are listed on the IPAS web site by locality on the Contact IPAS page or by calling the general information phone number listed below.
Address: 4701 North Keystone Avenue, Suite 222, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Phone: 1-800-622-4845, ext. 232 (general information)
TTY: 1-800-838-1131
Web address: www.in.gov/ipas/

Click here for a copy of the Transition Planning Handbook – A checklist for parents of children with disabilities http://www.in.gov/ipas/files/0482-1045TransitBook_12-12WEB(1).pdf

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
The mission of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is to work with communities to welcome, value, and support the meaningful participation of people of all ages and abilities through research, education, and service. The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community commits to engage in activities that touch the entire life span, from birth through older adulthood.

INDATA Project
Easter Seals Crossroads has been providing assistive technology solutions in Indiana since 1979.  In 2007, Easter Seals Crossroads partnered with the State of Indiana, Bureau of Rehabilitative Services to establish the Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA) Project.  The INDATA Project is one of 56 similar, federally-funded projects designed to increase access and awareness of assistive technology.  INDATA core services include: Information and referral, funding assistance, public awareness and education, device demonstration, device loan, reutilized computers, and equipment reutilization.

The ARC of Indiana
The Arc of Indiana is committed to all people with developmental disabilities realizing their goals of learning, living, working and playing in the community. The Arc of Indiana was established in 1956 by parents of children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities who joined together to build a better and more accepting world for their children.

  • Providing a forum for individuals and families to join together
  • Reducing the incidence of developmental disabilities
  • Supporting the work of the local chapters of The Arc.
  • Serving as the spokesperson to the community at large for people with developmental disabilities.

The Arc of Indiana Master Trust – http://www.thearctrust.org/
The nation’s premier special needs trust, serving Hoosiers of all disabilities since 1988.
Regardless or your age, or your child’s age or disability, planning for the future is important. The Arc of Indiana Master Trust is our response to a need felt by many families who wonder what will happen to their loved one after they are gone, and to individuals with disabilities seeking a way to fund their own trust. Some of the most respected trust and estate planning attorneys in Indiana assisted with the legal research and creation of The Arc Master Trust. Today, The Arc Master Trust, now celebrating 25 years of service, continues to serve as a model for special needs trusts throughout the country.

Autism Advocates of Indiana, Inc.  – http://www.aaiwalk.org/  -Autism Advocates of Indiana is an all volunteer organization founded by parents of children with autism.  Their mission is to increase and broaden public knowledge and awareness of the behaviors, social issues and emotional needs of individuals on the autism spectrum so that all individuals can participate in and contribute to our community without fear or bias or loss of individuality.