Resources

These resources were compiled by the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability. Have a resource to contribute? Please fill out this form.

Statewide Resources

ASK (About Special Kids)
www.aboutspecialkids.org

About Special Kids (ASK) is Indiana’s Parent to Parent organization that works throughout the state to give support, answer questions, and provide information and resources to families of children with special needs. ASK staff are extensively and continually trained as well as parents of children with special needs; therefore, we can help other families and professionals understand the various systems that families encounter related to special needs. 

The Arc of Indiana
www.arcind.org

The Arc of Indiana is committed to all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realizing their goals of living, learning, working, and fully participating in the community.

Autism Society of Indiana           
www.autismsocietyofindiana.org

The Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) exists to ensure that every individual and every family affected by autism in the State of Indiana receives the high-quality services they deserve

Best Buddies in Indiana
www.bestbuddies.org/indiana

Offering one-to-one friendship, integrated employment and leadership development programs for individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities in Indiana. 

Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS)
www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/developmental-disability-services/bureau-of-developmental-disabilities-services

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services envisions a community where all people have equal access and opportunity to realize their good life. We are committed to partnering with individuals, families, and professionals to ensure person centered services that empower people with disabilities and their families by connecting them to the resources and supports to live their best life. Our core value is that all people have the right to live, love, work, learn, play, and pursue their dreams.  If you are interested in programs you or a loved one may be qualified for, Fishers is a part of District 5 and can be reached by calling 317-205-0101. 

Dementia Friends Indiana
www.dementiafriendsindiana.org

Dementia Friends Indiana seeks to educate communities across the state about dementia, break down the stigma surrounding dementia, and implement practical changes that make life easier to navigate for those with dementia and for their loved ones. 

Down Syndrome Indiana
www.dsindiana.org

Down Syndrome Indiana is a one-stop-shop for information and resources on Down syndrome. The programs it offers are intended to promote the inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome in their greater community, as well as, to offer support and information to families, caregivers, educators, employers, and the professionals who serve individuals with Down syndrome.

Family Voices Indiana
www.fvindiana.org

Our mission is to support families who have children and youth with health care needs and/or disabilities through education, outreach, and community partnerships

GALA – Grupo de Apoyo para Latinos con Autismo
www.facebook.com/galagrupodeapoyo/?ref=page_internal

The only parent support group in Indiana for the Spanish Speaking Community. 

HANDS in Autism
www.handsinautism.iupui.edu

HANDS in Autism has emerged as a state-wide training and resource center making a significant impact in the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other special needs as well as their families and caregivers.

Indiana Disability Finder
www.indianadisabilityresourcefinder.org  

A free comprehensive online tool specifically designed to connect people in Indiana with disabilities, family members, and professionals to disability-related programs and services across the state of Indiana. 

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
www.iidc.indiana.edu

The Indiana Institute serves as a liaison between academia and the community in Indiana through a national network of entities know as the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. A vast number of resources are available including ongoing trainings and workshops.

Indiana Parkinson Foundation
www.indianaparkinson.org

Our mission is to improve the daily lives and wellbeing of people with Parkinson’s disease. Resources available locally include support group for people with Parkinson’s and their families. There are also other networking opportunities locally.  

Indiana Resource Center for Autism
www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca/

Realizing the increasing incidence of autism spectrum disorders, the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) staff are actively engaged in work that leads to improved outcomes for individuals on the spectrum and their families.

INSOURCE
www.insource.org

A parent-to-parent network equipping families & partnering with professionals to help students with special needs realize their potential.

Invisible Disabilities Association
www.invisibledisabilities.org

The Invisible Disabilities® Association (IDA) is about believing. The frequently invisible nature of illness and pain may lead to disbelief about that illness or pain by those surrounding the person who lives daily with invisible disabilities. Our mission is to encourage, educate and connect people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. 

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
www.msfocus.org

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, known in the MS community as MS Focus, is a nonprofit organization focused on providing free services that address the critical needs of people with MS and their families, helping them maintain the best quality of life. 

Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI)
www.rhirehab.com

RHI provides personalized, compassionate care for individuals facing life-changing injury or illness. Whether you're recovering from a brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, transplant or other trauma, we provide world-class rehabilitation – including inpatient, outpatient, and follow-up services.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services
www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/rehabilitation-employment/vocational-rehabilitation-employment

What is commonly referred to as “VR,” is a state program that can provide quality individualized services to enhance, and support people with any kind of disability to prepare for, obtain or retain employment.

Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability Network

March Disability Awareness Month

Ally Digital Toolkit

Service Providers 

Applied Behavior Center for Autism (ABC)
https://www.appliedbehaviorcenter.org/fishers

The facility will offer top quality ABA therapy to individuals aged 2-12 with Autism.  Early childhood services are designed in response to research demonstrating the benefits of early intervention.  Our older learners (8-12 years of age) will receive evidence-based therapy to promote independence with daily living, communication, social and increased learning skills across environments. 

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA)
https://thebaca.com/baca-1-lakeside-drive/

The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism will provide the most efficacious applied behavior analysis services to children and young adults with autism while utilizing Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior.  BACA will improve the quality of life for every client by ensuring staff receive and apply intensive, on-going training. Treatment will be based on current research findings from the most experienced scholars in the field of behavior analysis in the areas of teaching language, social, self-help, academic and employment skills.

Hamilton County Express
www.janus-inc.org/transportation.php

Janus Developmental Services, Inc. is proud to operate the public transit system for Hamilton County. The program is an affordable origin to destination service that meets the transportation needs of individuals enrolled in programs and services on site at Janus Developmental Services, Inc. as well as the public.

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Department of Exceptional Learners
https://www.hseschools.org/academics/intervention-acceleration/exceptional-learners

Hamilton Southeastern Schools provides a full continuum of special education services for our students. Special education includes specially designed instruction to meet a student’s unique educational needs and related services to support a student’s educational program. The services range from support for students placed in general education classroom settings to self-contained specialized programs for students whose educational needs require more intensive services and support.

Insights
www.insightonline.net

Insights is an agency that partners with people of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and autism spectrum disorders partnering with the staff, their friends, and families. Insights provides residential supports, behavior supports, music therapy and mental health counseling.

Janus Developmental Services
www.janus-inc.org

Janus provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate and contribute within the community. They act in partnership for individuals, their families, and the community. Janus provides many supports and opportunities including transportation through the Hamilton County Express program, community services, work experience programming, day programming and Capabilities Café’.

Kids Innovative Developmental Services, Inc.
www.kidsindiana.com

We are a Fishers-based pediatric clinic providing family centered care to children of varying abilities from birth through teenage years. We offer speck language, and cognitive therapy and our therapists specialized in feeding and swallowing therapy. We use a collaborative team approach to customize each child’s plan of care and assist families with daily routines.

New Hope of Indian
www.newhopeofindiana.org/transition-services/

New Hope of Indiana offers community-based transition services to young adults exiting high school and looking for services which will encourage personal growth through volunteering, pre-vocational skills-training, and recreation. These programs include the AIM program and the Cheese & Thank You food truck.

Opportunities for Positive Growth (OPG)
www.opgrowth.com

OPG is committed to providing meaningful and dignified support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through a variety of services, we keep our mission top of mind, as we march forward to support self-advocacy and self-reliance. OPG provides many supports and opportunities including self-directed community-based services, behavior supports, music therapy, occupational therapy, and employment services.

Outside the Box (OTB)
www.otbonline.org

OTB’s mission is to empower people with intellectual disabilities toward personal growth through education, self-discovery, leadership development, and a customized career path.  OTB supports the Fishers area currently with employment services and an inclusive summer camp for individuals 6–10-year-old. OTB is seeking to expand their innovative day program into the Fishers area in the future.

Special Needs Registry for First Responders
goo.gl/21UXvM

It can be vitally important for first responders (a police officer, fire fighter, emergency medical technician) to know that a resident at the address has visual, hearing, mobility, or other special needs during an emergency situation. Citizens can participate in this free service by completing the online form.

Clubs & Networking

Fishers/Noblesville Support group for Multiple Sclerosis 
www.facebook.com/tjohnso250/?ref=page_internal

Hosts both virtual and in person meetings.

Hamilton County Autism Support Group
www.facebook.com/groups/283678508795/about

The mission of the Hamilton County Autism Support Group is to provide community awareness of Autism and help support our families where everyday lives are challenged with a child in their family with Autism. 

Kiwanis Aktion Club of Fishers/Geist
Email
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fishersgeistaktionclub
Instagram: @aktionclubfishers 

Spectrum Social Society
www.facebook.com/groups/282758361929658/

Facebook & Live events for Autistic Adults/Teens in Marion and Hamilton County. 

Thrive Social Club
Email
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Thrive.FishersIN

Inclusive Performing Arts

Gym Love Gymnastics/ShowTeam
www.gymrootsinc.com 

Prism Project of Fishers
www.lovesmusictherapy.com/prism-project-2021

A creative arts program for individuals with disabilities. This is an interactive, engaging opportunity for individuals ages 6 to 22 to participate in dance, vocal, instrument, and theater activities!  The program is customizable so a parent can choose which activities best suit his or her performer's interest and activities are offered in a wide variety of formats.

Financial Planning Resources 

The Arc Master Trust
www.thearctrust.org

The Arc Master Trust offers families and people of all disabilities an experienced, professional option for special needs trust administration at an affordable price, allowing resources to be saved and easily used for qualified disability and personal expenses. 

INvestABLE Indiana
www.savewithable.com

INvestABLE Indiana gives individuals with disabilities the ability to save money without losing vital benefits, such as SSI or Medicaid. These tax-advantaged savings accounts, also known as ABLE accounts, allow funds to be used on disability related expenses that improve one’s health, wellness or quality of life. 

Local businesses focused on supporting people with Special Needs

Luna Language
www.luna360.com

LUNA provides people-powered translation and interpreting services from real people with real world, nuanced expertise to ensure effective and accurate communication across all industries. 

Bosma Enterprises
www.bosma.org

We serve to help adult Hoosiers who are blind or visually impaired gain the life skills they need to remain independent, and the job skills they need to stay self-sufficient. 

Fishers Pediatric Dentistry
www.fisherspediatric.com/special-healthcare-needs

We have specially trained dentists that understand the unique needs of both children and adults with sensory sensitivities, oral aversions, communication challenges, and other special needs. 

GiGi’s Playhouse Indianapolis, Down Syndrome Achievement Center 
www.gigisplayhouse.org/indianapolis/

GiGi’s is a place to meet new friends in a safe environment, as well as to provide the opportunity for individuals with Down syndrome and their families to grow, develop, and network. 

Mathias Counseling & Consulting
www.mathiascounseling.com/classes-for-children.html

We have social skills groups, workshops for children and parents, as well as a sibling’s group for kids who have a special needs sibling. 

Special Olympics - Hamilton County Indiana
www.sohcindiana.org

Serve Hamilton County through a global movement using sport, health, education, and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities 

Supreme Van & Mobility
www.superiorvan.com

Committed to changing lives daily by helping others regain their independence through wheelchair accessible transportation.