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Educational Resources For Children With Autism In Indiana

By Edited Jun 14, 2014 1 2

The cases of autisms seems to be on a steady increase.  Some parents believe it is as a result of vaccines given to their children, while those in the medical establishment say it is because of better methods of detection. Children who suffer from autism usually lag in three very important areas of development, which are speech and language skill, social skills and general behavior.

According to the Mayo Clinic "Some children show signs of autism in early infancy. Other children may develop normally for the first few months or years of life but then suddenly become withdrawn, become aggressive or lose language skills they've already acquired."  Each case of autism is different, however, the pattern of development is roughly the same in the three above mentioned areas.  The Mayo Clinic also lists these areas as follows:

Social skills

  • Fails to respond to his or her name
  • Has poor eye contact
  • Appears not to hear you at times
  • Resists cuddling and holding
  • Appears unaware of others' feelings
  • Seems to prefer playing alone — retreats into his or her "own world"

Language

  • Starts talking later than age 2, and has other developmental delays by 30 months
  • Loses previously acquired ability to say words or sentences
  • Doesn't make eye contact when making requests
  • Speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm — may use a singsong voice or robot-like speech
  • Can't start a conversation or keep one going
  • May repeat words or phrases verbatim, but doesn't understand how to use them

Behavior

  • Performs repetitive movements, such as rocking, spinning or hand-flapping
  • Develops specific routines or rituals
  • Becomes disturbed at the slightest change in routines or rituals
  • Moves constantly
  • May be fascinated by parts of an object, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car
  • May be unusually sensitive to light, sound and touch and yet oblivious to pain

Educating an autistic child can be challenging. Luckily, there are resources in your state that can help you in your child's education.  Here is an short list of those resources.

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: 
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Robert Marra, Director 
Division of Special Education, Dept. of Education 
State House, Room 229 
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798 
(317) 232-0570 
E-mail: sMARRAB@speced.doe.state.in.us 
URL: http://web.indstate.edu/soe/iseas/dse.html  

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITES: 
AGES 3 THROUGH 5
Sheron Cochran, Preschool Coordinator 
Division of Special Education, Department of Education 
State House, Room 229 
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798 
(317) 232-0570 
E-mail: COCHRA@speced.doe.state.in.us 
PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES: 
AGES BIRTH THROUGH 2
Maureen Greer, Assistant Deputy Director 
IN Family & Social Services Administration 
Div. of Families & Children/Bur. of Child Development 
402 West Washington Street, Room W-386 
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
(317) 232-2429; (317) 232-7948 (Fax) 
E-mail: mgreer@fssa.state.in.us 
STATE DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
Rita Martin, Deputy Director 
Indiana Family & Social Services Administration 
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 
Division of Disability Aging, and Rehabilitative Services 
402 W. Washington St., Rm. W453, P.O. Box 7083 
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7083 
(317) 232-1319; (800) 545-7763, ext. 1319 
OFFICE OF STATE COORDINATOR OF VOCATIONAL 
EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Terry Fields, State Coordinator 
Program Improvement & Modernization 
325 West Washington Street 
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
(317) 232-1829 
STATE MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY
Janet Corson, Acting Director 
IN Family & Social Services Administration 
Division of Mental Health, Family & Social Services Administration 
402 West Washington Street, Room W353 
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739 
(317) 232-7845 
STATE MENTAL HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN
Jim Phillips, Chief 
IN Family & Social Services Administration 
Childrens Services Bureau 
Division of Mental Health 
402 West Washington Street, Room W353 
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739 
(317) 232-7934 
STATE MENTAL RETARDATION PROGRAM
IN Family & Social Services Administration 
Division of Disabilitiy, Aging & Rehabilitative Services 
Bureau of DD Services 
402 West Washington Street 
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739 
(317) 232-7933 
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PLANNING COUNCIL
Suellen Jackson-Boner, Director 
Governor's Planning Council on DD 
143 West Market Street, Suite 404 
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
(317) 722-5555 (V); (317) 722-5563 (TTY) 
 
PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY
Thomas Gallagher, Executive Director 
Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services 
4701 N. Keystone Avenue 
Indianapolis, IN 46205 
(317) 722-5555 
(800) 622-4845; (800) 838-1131 (TTY) 
E-mail: ipas@source.isd.state.in.us 
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS
Wendy Gettelfinger, Director 
Children's Special Health Care Services 
Division of Famiy and Children 
2 N. Meridian Street, Section 7-B 
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
(317) 233-5578 
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING
Jerome Freeman, Deputy Director 
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services 
Division of Disability, Aging, and Rehabilitative Services 
402 West Washington Street, Room W-453 
P. O. Box 7083 
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7083 
(317) 232-1143 (V/TTY) 
(800) 962-8408 (V/TTY, in IN only) 
E-mail: jfreeman@fssa.state.in.us 
 
DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS
Attention Deficit Disorder 
To identify an ADD group in your state or locality, contact either: 

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.) 
499 NW 70th Avenue, Suite 101 
Plantation, FL 33317 
(954) 587-3700 
(800) 233-4050 (Voice mail to request information packet) 
URL: http://www.chadd.org 

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) 
9930 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Suite 3E 
Mentor, OH 44060 
(440) 350-9595 
(800) 487-2282 (Voice mail to request information packet) 
E-mail: NatlADDA@aol.com 
URL: http://www.add.org 

Autism 
Cathy Pratt, Director 
The IN Resource Center for Autism 
Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities (ISDD) 
IN University, Bloomington 
2853 E. Tenth Street 
Bloomington, IN 47408-2601 
(812) 855-6508; (812) 855-9396 (TTY) 
E-mail: PRATTC@ISDD.IDSS.Indiana.edu 
URL: http://www.isdd.indiana.edu/~irca/ 

Brain Injury 
Brain Injury Association of Indiana 
5506 E. 16th Street, Suite B5 
Indianapolis, IN 46218-4624 
(317) 356-7722; (800) 407-4246 (IN only) 

Cerebral Palsy 
Donna Roberts, Executive Director 
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana, Inc. 
615 N Alabama, Room 322 
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
(317) 632-3561; (800) 723-7620 
E-mail: ucpaindy@aol.com 

Learning Disabilities 
Dawn Lytle, President 
Learning Disabilities Association of IN 
P.O. Box 20584 
Indianapolis, IN 46220 

Mental Health 
Beth Karnes, President 
Mental Health Association in Indiana, Inc. 
55 Monument Circle, Suite 700 
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
(317) 638-3501; (800) 555-6424 (in IN only) 
URL: http://www.mhai.org 

Diane Arneson, President 
IN Alliance for the Mentally Ill 
PO Box 22697 
Indianapolis, IN 46222-0697 
(317) 925-9399 

Mental Retardation 
John Dickerson, Executive Director 
The Arc of Indiana 
22 East Washington Street, Suite 210 
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
(317) 977-2375 
URL: http://www.arcind.org 

Speech and Hearing 
Thomas Hemeyer, President 
IN Speech-Language-Hearing Association 
P.O. Box 984 
Noblesville, IN 46060-0984 
(317) 573-6062 
E-mail: OOTFHemeyer@BSUVC.BSU.EDU 

Spina Bifida 
Spina Bifida Association of Northern IN 
P.O. Box 1935 
South Bend, IN 46634 
(219) 234-6260 

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
James J. Vento, President 
Central Indiana Easter Seal Society 
Crossroads Rehabilitation Center 
4740 Kingsway Drive 
Indianapolis, IN 46205-1521 
(317) 466-2006 (V); (317) 466-2001 (TTY) 
E-mail: xroads@indy.net 
URL: http://www.iquest.net/crossroads  

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED PROGRAM
David M. Mank, Director 
Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities (ISDD) 
IN University, Bloomington 
2853 East Tenth Street 
Bloomington, IN 47408-2601 
(812) 855-6508; (812) 855-9396 (TTY) 
E-mail: uap@isdd.indiana.edu 
URL: http://www.isdd.indiana.edu 

John D. Rau, M.D., Director 
Riley Child Development Center 
Indiana University School of Medicine 
James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children 
702 Barnhill Drive, Room 5837 
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5225 
(317) 274-8167 
E-mail: jdran@indyuap.iupuy.edu 

TECHNOLOGY-RELATED ASSISTANCE
Cris Fulford, Project Director 
ATTAIN (Accessing Technology Through Action in Indiana) 
1815 N. Meridian St., Suite 200 
Indianapolis, IN 46202 
(800) 528-8246 (in IN); (317) 921-8766 (in Marion County) 
(800) 743-3333 (TTY) 
E-mail: cfulford@indian.vinu.edu 
PARENT TRAINING & INFORMATION PROJECT
Richard Burden, Executive Director 
IN*SOURCE 
809 North Michigan Street 
South Bend, IN 46601-1036 
(219) 234-7101; (219) 234-7101 (TTY) 
(800) 332-4433 (In IN) 
E-mail: insourc1@aol.com 
URL: http://home1.gte.net/insource 
PARENT-TO-PARENT
Donna Gore Olsen, Executive Director 
Indiana Parent Information Network, Inc. 
4755 Kingsway Drive, Suite 105 
Indianapolis, IN 46205-1545 
(317) 257-8683 
E-mail: ipin@indy.net 
URL: http://www.ai.org/ipin 
PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)

Darlene Maloney, President 
Indiana Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. 
2525 N. Shadeland Ave., C-4 
Indianapolis, IN 46219-1770 
(317) 357-5881 
E-mail: pta@spitfire.net 

 

 

Source

Autism-pdd.net: Autism and PDD Support

MayoClinic.com

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Comments

Mar 29, 2011 9:28am
Deborah-Diane
Great resource for parents and educators of autistic children!
Apr 3, 2011 9:41am
Serenity2010
I do hope it will help someone.
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