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Welcome to IN*SOURCE -
The Indiana Resource Center for Special Needs

Picture of a happy little girl in a wheelchair.Since 1975, the Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs or IN*SOURCE has provided service to Indiana's families of infants, toddlers, children, youth and young adults with disabilities.

IN*SOURCE is a parent organization. Through the work and dedication of the Board of Directors, the staff and many volunteers, virtually all of whom are parents of persons with disabilities, IN*SOURCE, utilizing a proven parent to parent model, has provided quality assistance and support services and educational resources to the community of individuals and organizations that serve and support persons with disabilities. We have worked to help countless families confront the complexities and what are often the challenges of having a loved one with special needs.

IN*SOURCE celebrates the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities and their families and we affirm our ongoing commitment to them.

Invitation to Apply to Attend the Yourth
Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities

2014 marks the first annual Indiana Youth Leadership Forum (IN-YLF). The YLF is a unique opportunity for 25 high school juniors and seniors ages 16-21 with a variety of disabilities from around Indiana to learn about self-determination, leadership, community, and advocacy. The IN-YLF will be held on the IUPUI campus beginning on July 21st and ending on July 25th at no cost to those accepted. Enclosed is an application form for our YLF and after the application form you will find details on the next steps.

You must be a junior or senior next year, between 16-21 years old, and an Indiana resident to apply. You must also have leadership potential, and have a strong interest in learning more about self-determination, leadership, and disability awareness.

Students - we are inviting you to apply, and we are asking your help in recruiting other students to apply for the forum
Please read the application in its entirety, and direct all concerns or questions to Erin McAloon at or 1-800-6090-8449 x67. For more information, visit

Please send in your application no later than Friday, May 23

New 2014 Summer Camp List & the
2014-2015 College Surveys Are Available

2014 Summer Camp List  2014 Summer Camp List

2014-2015 College Survey 2014-2015 College Survey

Note:  Parents will be receiving the letter below and the survey sometime by the middle of April.


IDOE Survey 2014

Dear Parent:

The Indiana Department of Education-Office of Special Education (IDOE) is asking for your help in an important study to learn more about how Indiana families feel about the special education services their schools provide.  As part of its responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDOE must report on parent involvement in their child’s special education program, as well as parent satisfaction with the special education services their child receives.  Our records indicate that you are the parent of a student who received special education services during the 2013-2014 school year.

The survey is easy to complete and asks you to rate various items regarding your experience in working with school staff and about the special education services your child has received.   IDOE has contracted with WestEd, an independent, non-profit educational research firm, to conduct the survey.   All survey responses are confidential, and no individual information is disclosed.  Your responses will be combined with the responses from other parents in your school corporation, and a summary of the results will be provided to the school corporation and to IDOE.

You have two options for responding to the survey:

1.  Online – complete the web-based version of the survey at
2.  Paper version – complete the enclosed survey and return it to:

Indiana Parent Survey
WestEd Evaluation Research Program
4665 Lampson Avenue
Los Alamitos, CA  90720

The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete.  If you have access to the Internet, we encourage you to complete the survey online.  If you have more than one child receiving special education services, please complete one survey per child.   Please complete your survey within two weeks of receipt of this letter.

If you have any questions, please contact the following individuals:

  • For questions about the survey itself (either paper or online) -- Marisela Sifuentes at WestEd at 562-799-5110 or
  • For all other questions -- Christina Furbee at the IDOE at 317-232-9142 or

Thank you for participating in this important study. Your survey responses will help shape the direction of special education services and inform how we can best serve the needs of families and students in Indiana. If you’re interested in seeing the results of last year’s survey, please go to:


Christina Furbee
Christina Furbee
Indiana Department of Education
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Estimados padres de familia:

El Departamento de Educación de Indiana (IDOE) pide su ayuda en un importante estudio para aprender lo que piensan las familias de Indiana acerca de los servicios de educación especial que proporcionan sus escuelas. Como parte de sus responsabilidades de la Ley de Educación para Individuos con Discapacidades, IDOE debe informar sobre la participación de padres en el programa de educación especial de su hijo, así como la satisfacción de los padres con los servicios de educación especial que su hijo recibe. Nuestros archivos indican que usted es el padre de un estudiante que recibe servicios de educación especial durante el año escolar 2013-2014.

La encuesta es fácil de llenar y le pide que califique varios artículos con respecto a su experiencia trabajando con el personal escolar y los servicios de educación especial que su hijo ha recibido. IDOE ha contratado con WestEd, una organización de investigaciones educativas que es independiente y sin fines de lucro, para llevar a cabo la encuesta. Todas las respuestas a la encuesta serán tratadas con estricta confidencialidad, y la información de identificación personal nunca será revelada. Sus respuestas a la encuesta se combinarán con respuestas de otros padres en su corporación de la escuela, y un resumen de los resultados serán proporcionados a la corporación de la escuela y a IDOE.

Usted tiene dos opciones para responder a la encuesta.

  1. En línea – Completar la versión de Internet de la encuesta a
  2. Versión Papel – Completar la encuesta adjunta y devolverla a la siguiente dirección:

Indiana Parent Survey
WestEd Evaluation Research Program
4665 Lampson Avenue
Los Alamitos, CA  90720

La encuesta debería tomar no más de cinco minutos para completar. Si tiene acceso a Internet, le animamos que complete la encuesta en línea. Si usted tiene más de un niño que recibe servicios de educación especial, por favor complete una encuesta por cada niño. Por favor, complete la encuesta dentro de dos semanas de recibir esta carta.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor póngase en contacto con las siguientes personas:

  • Para preguntas acerca de esta encuesta (ya sea en papel o en línea) -- Marisela Sifuentes at WestEd at 562-799-5110 o
  • Para todas las otras preguntas -- Christina Furbee al IDOE at 317-232-9142 o

Gracias por participar en este estudio importante. Sus respuestas a la encuesta ayudarán a definir la dirección de servicios de educación especial, e informarán sobre la mejor forma de servir las necesidades de las familias y los estudiantes de Indiana. Si usted está interesado en ver los resultados de la encuesta del año pasado, por favor vaya a:


Christina Furbee
Christina Furbee
Departamento de Educación de Indiana
Download survey


Notice of Public Hearing
LSA Document #13-408

Notice of Public Hearing

Under IC 4-22-2-24, notice is hereby given that on April 21, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at the Indiana Department of Education, Riley Conference Room, 115 West Washington Street, South Tower, Suite 600, Indianapolis, Indiana; AND on April 23, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. (CST), in the Howard Room, Red Bank Branch, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, 120 South Red Bank Road, Evansville, Indiana; AND on April 24, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. (CST), at  Chesterton High School, 2125 South 11th Street, Chesterton, Indiana, the Commission on Seclusion and Restraint in Schools will hold public hearings on the proposed addition of Title 513 to the Indiana Administrative Code to provide for rules regarding the use of restraint and seclusion in school corporations and accredited nonpublic schools.

The proposed rule would not impose requirements or costs under IC 4-22-2-24(d)(3).

Copies of these rules are now on file at the Indiana Department of Education, 115 West Washington Street, and Legislative Services Agency, Indiana Government Center North, 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N201, Indianapolis, Indiana and are open for public inspection.

            John Barnes
            Indiana Department of Education
            Room 225, State House
            Indianapolis, IN 46204      

New Podcast Available

Helpful Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Helpful Tips for Parents of Children With Special Needs - Tracey Wheaton has a discussion with Wendy Hite, Director of Special Services for the Wawasee Community School Corporation (and parent of a daughter with special needs) to discuss the wisdom she has gained over the years as a parent of a child with a . In this interview wendy offers not only humor and inspiration, but a good many tips on how to navigate life. (Jan 30th, 2014 by IN*SOURCE)

Other podcasts -

Information about certificate of completion v diploma
  • Do you know of students who are struggling with the decision over whether to pursue a diploma or certificate of completion?
  • Do you know students and families who seem to be postponing the decision until it’s really too late?
  • Do you need a resource that can help students, families and case conference teams work through the diploma or certificate conversation?

The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, in partnership with IN*SOURCE, has published a new resource page on the INSTRC website.  The page features video of an Indiana middle school student and his mother discussing the importance of beginning the diploma or certificate conversation early. A second video showcases a mother and her  19-year-old daughter, who graduated with a certificate of completion. They talk about their decision and subsequent transition experiences. Accompanying resources on the page take viewers to Indiana Department of Eduation documents on the various diplomas and requirements and other information students and parents may need to make the decision.  Take a look here at Diploma or Certificate.

Bullying prevention workshops are being offered around the state

Bullying Prevention: Everyone's
Responsibility-What Parents Can Do

Did you know that more than 160,000 students stay home each day because they're scared of being bullied? 

IN*SOURCE is partnering with the National Bullying Prevention Center in offering bullying prevention workshops to parents throughout Indiana.  Please visit our website for a complete listing of these trainings.

For more information about PACER Center's National Bullying Prevention Center, visit their website at

Students with Disabilities & the Juvenile Justice System: What Parents Need to Know (2013) New PACER Report "Students with Disabilities & the Juvenile Justice System" Report

“Students with Disabilities & the Juvenile Justice System: What Parents Need to Know” is a report from PACER Center on students with disabilities in the juvenile justice system. Youth with emotional, behavioral, learning, and cognitive disabilities are at a higher risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system, and are arrested and incarcerated at a higher rate than their non-disabled peers. Designed for parents of youth with disabilities who have already had contact with the juvenile justice system, this guide provides strategies and steps parents can use to protect their child’s rights in school and in court. It can be ordered by phone at (952) 838-9000 or (800) 537-2237 (order item JJ-8) or is available in pdf (1.0 MB, 16 pp)

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