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Indiana - Where to Find State Disability Assistance in Indiana

State Disability Resources for Indiana

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If your child has a disability, and you do not know where to find help, check out this list of essential resources available in your state. These essential contacts offer the most commonly needed services and can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services as well. If you have difficulty contacting any of these resources, please feel free to email me at: learningdisabilities@aboutguide.com.

1. Department of Education - Special Education - Ages 3 - 21


States' departments of education oversee disability education services to children. It monitors school districts for compliance with IDEA and state special education regulations. The Department of Education handles formal complaints, due process hearings, and mediation on special education issues.

Indiana Department of Education
Division of Exceptional Learners
Room 229, State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798
Telephone: (317) 232-0570
Toll Free: 877-851-4106

2. Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities


Services to children with disabilities include instruction, speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

Birth - 2:
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services
402 W. Washington Street, Room W-386
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: (317) 233-6092
Toll Free: (800)441-7837 (Indiana only)
Website: Early Intervention - First Steps

Ages 3 - 5
Indiana Department of Education
Division of Exceptional Learners
Room 229, State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798
Telephone: (317) 232-0570
Toll Free: 877-851-4106

3. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency


Vocational rehabilitation services help people with disabilities live independent lives with education, support, and employment assistance. The department works with middle schools, high schools, and higher education to help students with disabilities access appropriate supports for employment and independence such as job coaching, teaching skills, support in job placement, assistive and adaptive supports, and more.

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services
402 W. Washington Street, Room W453
P.O. Box 7083
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7083
Telephone: (317) 234-4475 Toll Free: (800) 545-7763 Website: Rehabilitation Services

4. Mental Health Services Agency


State mental health agencies provide services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse. Services include advocacy, nursing home screening, psychiatric services, intervention, coordination of treatment, case management, and more.

Division of Mental Health and Addiction
Family and Social Services Administration
402 W. Washington Street, Room W353
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739
Telephone: (317) 232-7845
Website: Mental Health Services

5. Disability Advocacy Services


Protection and advocacy offices offer information and referrals relating to disability issues, a resource database for self-advocacy, education and training in disability rights, and individual case advocacy.

Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services
4701 N. Keystone Avenue, Suite 222
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Toll Free: (800)622-4845
Toll Free TTY: (800)838-1131
Website: Protection and Advocacy

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