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Community Resources

Resources for Professionals and Families


American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

This is an interdisciplinary organization for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The organization is the largest promoter of progressive policies sound research and human right practices for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It was formerly known as the American Association on Mental Retardation.

American with Disabilities Act. 

ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. Passed in 1990 and amended in 208, the law ensures that persons with disabilities are given equal opportunities in the community without discrimination. 

Autism Society of America.

Located in Maryland, it is the nation`s largest grassroots Autism organization. Services are centered in advocacy, increasing public awareness about the spectrum, and provision of information on treatments, education and research on Autism

Autism Speaks.

Founded in 2005, the organization aims to create public awareness of Autism Disorder and how it affects individuals and families. The organization also fund global research on the causes, possible cures, preventions and treatments for persons with Autism. Among its programs it teams up with colleges (Autism Speaks U), communities for fundraising activities (Autism Speaks marathons) to create public awareness.

Council for Learning Disabilities.

This is an international organization of professionals committed to improving the education and quality life for persons with learning disabilities. Among its activities is the promotion of evidence-based research and practices for the education of persons with learning disabilities. This is done through professional collaborations, leader trainings, professional development and publications.

Council for Exceptional Children.

This council is dedicated to improving the educational success of persons with disabilities and or gifts and talents. Through provision for professional development, advocacy for individuals with disabilities or exceptionalities, availing resources for professionals for effective practices, and advocacy for government policies, the organization remain the largest internationally for its services.

Free and appropriate public education.

This is a civil rights law that ensure that all persons with disabilities have the rights to free and appropriate public education under Section 504 and under IDEA. Public school districts, institutions of higher education, and other state and local education agencies, receive government funding to ensure that education services meets the individual needs of learners with disabilities, that students with disabilities are placed with their non-disabled peers, and that appreciate procedures are taken in making education and placement decision

IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is law that state and public agencies provide educational services to persons with disabilities from ages 3 – 21years. The website includes information about services that include early intervention, special education and also related services. Among the things covered by IDEA are appropriate procedures for evaluations and reevaluation, procedures for discipline, Individualized Educational Programs, early intervention and transitional services, instructional materials and assessments

National Association for Down syndrome.

The National Association for Down syndrome provides families and individuals with Down syndrome with information and resources to enable them to access and evaluate appropriate services. The website provided information regarding services that include parent support, resource referrals, public awareness, self-advocate programs, retreats and conferences, medical professionals, and community organizations.


ADHD Therapists

This site gives information regarding Attention deficit hyperactive disorder. It provides a list of ADHD qualified therapists in Fort Wayne. The information includes their names, contact, qualifications and agencies of the therapists.


Autism Therapists

This site gives information regarding qualified therapist for children and adults within the Autism Spectrum. It provides a list of qualified therapists in Fort Wayne and the information includes their names, contact, qualifications and agencies of the therapists.

Bierman ABA Autism Center 

The Bierman ABA Autism Center is a center that specializes in early intervention for children. The center provides behavior therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy to children through qualified professional. 

Children's Autism Center.

Located in Fort Wayne, the Children`s Autism Center provides therapeutic services to children within the Autism Spectrum and also children with other developmental delays. Trained and certified therapists are committed to teaching children functional skills and offering family support services.

Easter Seals Arc.

Easter Seals Arc provides services to children and adults living with a wide varieties of disabilities and special need including their families. There services are individualized, innovative, and family-focused. These services include: Medical rehabilitation, children services, adult and senior services, and camping and Recreation.

Fort Wayne Autism Center.

The Fort Wayne Autism Center provides therapeutic services to children within the Autism Spectrum. Trained and certified therapists are committed to teaching children functional skills and offering family support services

Hopebridge Resource Center for Autism.

The center is a pediatrics specialist with a focus on children within the Autism Spectrum. Services are provided to children by trained professionals who provide applied behavior analysis therapy, speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy.

Indiana Autism Society.

This non-profit organization raises awareness about Autism, aiming to promote early diagnosis and intervention for people on the spectrum. Their programs include information regarding respite care, special education services, transitions and careers, and support groups.


The League for Blind and Disabled.

League for the Blind and Disabled provides services to people with visual disabilities, hearing disabilities and physical disabilities. These services include independent living services (braille services, senior blind services, youth services, individual and system advocate, individual and group peer support services, informational and referral services, and independent living skills training) and DeafLink (services for people who are deaf, and hard-of-hearing. Services include advocacy, community education about Deaf culture, case coordination, requests for interpreters and provision of deaf resources).  


Therapists for children with learning disabilities.

This site gives information regarding learning disabilities. It provides a list of qualified therapists in Fort Wayne for children with learning disabilities. The information includes their names, contact, qualifications and agencies of the therapists.

Learning Disabilities.

This site provides updated information, resources and advice to parents and educators about children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. With more than 5% of the student population in the United States diagnosed with learning disabilities, this site provides hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools and parents.


Bowen Center.

This is a mental health center and its services are provided by qualified team of psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, therapists and chemical dependency specialists. This site provide in-depth information regarding services provided for veterans, outpatient (ADHD treatments, alcohol/drug treatment, counseling psychiatric services, home-based and school-based services, residential and youth services, court-ordered and addiction services, and employment and student –assistance services.

City Link Access.

Citilink Access is transportation system within Fort Wayne which provides transportation for persons with disabilities. The site provide information on how to be eligible for the Access services, routes and passes.  

Insource – Special Education Parent Support.

This organization is a parent resource center in Indiana which provide information regarding the educational training and appropriate services for youths and children with disabilities in Indiana. Important information for caregivers include but are not limited to special education laws and services, IEP meetings, dispute resolutions and transitions for children and youths, early intervention and extended school year services. This is great site for parents and care givers of youth and children with disabilities.

 Parkview Behavioral Health.

This is a community-based health care provider in Indiana. Parkview behavioral health provides therapeutic and innovative treatment options to members of the public with all abilities. The site gives information about services provided to individuals who experience stress, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, and severe mental illness

Disability Access Center, PFW.

Purdue University Fort Wayne through the Disability Access Center provides appropriate accommodations to qualified students with disability to ensure that they have access to university programs and services. The site provides information regarding these services which include but are not limited to modified testing environments, sign language interpreters, braille documents and accessible learning equipment.

Social Security Disability Resources in Fort Wayne.

This is a resource site for individuals with disabilities who are eligible for services provided through Social Security Disability Insurance. The site provides information regarding the application process, programs covered by social security disability insurance, free disability evaluations and resources for persons with disabilities.


Turnstone provides comprehensive supportive services for people with disabilities and their families. These services include therapeutic, educational, wellness and recreational programs to empower people with disabilities to live and learn in their community.  Turnstone is also a Paralympic sports club and has one of the best athletic centers in Indiana for people with disabilities.

Resources for Teachers and other educational professional

Indiana IEP Resource Center.

This resource center provides educators with knowledge and skills regarding the use of Indiana IEP in accordance to Article 7 requirements. Information on the site include professional development and technical assistance in the development of IEP goals, for quality instruction programing and progress monitoring of students with special needs.

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Resource Center.

This site provides information about school-wide positive behavior support. Increases educators’ knowledge and understanding about how PBIS positively impacts student achievement, family engagement. Dropout rates and least restrictive environment placement.

Project Success.

Provides information for teachers and administrators in the design and implementation of the curriculum and instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Also provides monthly professional development sessions to participating teams.

Indiana Deafblind Services Project.

This is a project designed to provide information to educators to help them improve the educational services to children and youths who have a combined vision and hearing loss.

Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center.

Information on the site focuses in improved transition IEPs and us of transition assessment, access to effective academic and life-skills instructions, and quality work based learning. The center provides resources and professional activities to support teachers and student with disabilities transition into the community.


First steps.

First Steps is a family centered, community based, coordinated system, which provides early intervention services to children birth to three years of age living in Indiana, who have developmental delays or are developmentally at risk. 

About Special Kids (ASK).  

This is an 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. The organization connects parents with a staff parent liaison who is trained extensively and an experienced parent of a child with special needs.

Campus and Community Support, Expert Advice, & Rights for Students with Disabilities.

This guide was created to bring awareness to rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities, help them learn how to take advantage of myriad services, and provide expert advice from a postsecondary education administrator who has spent years serving college students with disabilities.

Family Voices Indiana (free support).   [email protected]

Family Voices Indiana is a family-led organization that provides information, education, training, outreach, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them.

Medicaid Disability.

Medicaid Disability is a Medicaid category designed to serve individuals who are living with a disability.  In general, to qualify for Medicaid under this category, individuals must meet three qualification criteria which include income limits, resource limits, and Indiana’s definition of disability.

Safe at Home Program.

Safe at home is a program designed as a safety measure for those with special needs during times of an emergency, natural disaster, and 911 calls to the Police, EMS and Fire.

Vocational Rehabilitation.

Provides vocational supports to individuals with disabilities. An adult is eligible for VR services by qualifying with a physical or mental impairment that substantially interferes with the ability to work, making services necessary to become employable.