RESOURCES & Local Events



2 Types of Medicaid Waivers

Because your child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, they may qualify for two different waivers under the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Basically what that means is that they are eligible to receive coverage through Medicaid because of their disability regardless of parental income.

The waivers are the 

Family Support Waiver (FS Waiver) 

and the 

Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver (CIH Waiver)

You can only have one waiver at a time, however when you apply you will go on the waiting list for the Family Support Waiver. If it is deemed necessary to move your child to the Community Habilitation Waiver, that will be determined when your child becomes eligible to receive waiver services. Keep in mind that this is not something that will help your child right away, however, once they have the waiver they will likely have it for life, so it is a good way to prepare for their future needs. 



How to check on your child’s Medicaid Application Status


First Steps is Indiana's early intervention program that provides services to infants and toddlers from birth to third birthday who have developmental delays or disabilities. First Steps brings families together with a local network of professionals from education, health and social service agencies.  Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)



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Evaluations & Diagnosis


  • Advocate - your supporter who speaks on the behalf of you & your child's needs.
  • Respite Care - a break or relief time for caregivers & parents. 
  • Service Coordinator - Your contact person to coordinate waiver services & transitions, advocacy support, and assist you in identifying necessary resources.
  • Case Manager (CM) - Will assist you in obtaining the support & services your child needs in your community.  Your CM will help to plan, monitor & consider services your child receives & assist with necessary paperwork.
  • Direct Care - A trained person who will provide hands-on services & supports to the your child.  These services can include respite care for the caregiver or parent, adult foster care, adult day services, skilled therapies, habilitation, transportation & behavior management.
  • Recreational Therapist - A recreational therapist utilizes a wide range of activity and community based interventions and techniques to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and leisure needs of their clients. Recreational therapists assist clients to develop skills, knowledge, and behaviors for daily living and community involvement. The therapist works with the client and their family to incorporate specific interests and community resources into therapy to achieve optimal outcomes that transfer to their real life situation.
  • Guardianship - A responsible party given levels of responsibility to make decisions on your child's behalf.

Indiana Autism Assessment

This 10-15 min SURVEY is your chance to provide  input that will inform continued changes and next steps!

Conducted by the HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center on behalf of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA).


This website explains your state 

Autism Coverage Mandate.


Mission:  To protect and promote the rights of individuals with disabilities through empowerment and advocacy.

Vision:  To live in a society where persons with disabilities are free from abuse and neglect, are free to be effective self-advocates, and are free of discrimination; allowing for full inclusion in society.

Indiana Disability Rights

4701 North Keystone Avenue, Suite 222

Indianapolis, Indiana 46205

Phone: 317.722.5555

Toll Free: 800.622.4845

Local TTY: 317.722.5563

Toll Free TTY: 800.383.1131




Indiana's Insurance 

Mandate for Autism

Families living in Indiana who have children with Autism or PDD may have access to a wealth of services if their insurance is covered by the Indiana Insurance Mandate for Autism. This webinar will help you understand what the Insurance Mandate for Autism and PDD is and will help you determine if your insurance is covered under the mandate. It will also help you learn what to do to access services under the mandate.


Some Recommended Educational, Behavioral and Other Therapies for Children with Autism

  1. Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
  2. Speech Therapy
  3. Sensory Integration
  4. Auditory Intervention
  5. Vision Training and Irlen Lenses
  6. Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
  7. Steroid Therapy/Medications

Therapy Providers

Family Respite



ARC of Indiana Utility Support Program

Assists families with utility costs, including payment for utility bills, funding to reactivate or prevent disconnection of services, deposit assistance to begin services, and funding to cover back utility debt.



Our mission is to support people with disabilities and their families while encouraging a community that acknowledges the value and contribution of all people.

Corporate Headquarters 

845 Park Place
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 945-4063


Special Needs Planning

Gordon F. Homes, Jr., CLU, ChFC, CLTC, CFP

Senior Financial  & Special Care Planner

Kentucky Office

9960 Corporate Dr. Suite 1100

Louisville, KY 40223


A trustee’s responsibilities fall into 

four major areas: 

  1. Understand your child’s life, and needs, on a daily, monthly, and annual basis; 
  2. Comprehend money management to ensure the assets or investments within the trust last as long as possible; 
  3. Know tax rules of Special Needs Trusts, and understand how to utilize them in order to be as tax efficient as possible;  
  4. Understand distribution rules of a Special Needs Trust, so as to always ensure it continues to qualify as a Special Needs Trust, because if the money in the trust is distributed incorrectly, your son’s government benefits will be placed in jeopardy.

(Source:  Autism Parenting Magazine: 

Issue 66; By Ryan F. PLATT, MBA, ChFC, ChSNC) 

Family Services



Salon catering to the Special Needs Community, their families and friends.

Mallory Head – Master Stylist

Sola Salons

1850 Hurstbourne Parkway Suite 12

Louisville, KY 40220


Call for Appointment: Day, Afternoon, Evening & Weekend Hours

Training Videos & Magazines


Toilet Training - Autism Parenting Mag.

Diet & Nutrition

Many autism experts claim that several types of foods and diets can effectively treat or help children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Some autism researchers also believe there is a strong link between the functioning of the brain and the gut. But with the very large number of foods and recommended diets out there, how can you determine what works best for your child and adult family member(s) with autism?  In this article, we discuss the various theories, as well as the effectiveness of probiotics or the so-called “friendly bacteria” and diets in helping ease the symptoms of autism: 

Source:  Amy KD Tobik, Editor-in-Chief, Autism Parenting Magazine

Recommended Books on Diet

"Special Diets for Special Kids" by Dr. Lisa Lewis


Greater Clark Co. Schools  

Kristi A. Riddle, OTD

Autism Coordinator

Educational Diagnostician

Sensory Integration Certified

AOTA SCSS Certified Occupational Therapist

812-288-4800  ext. 50220

Lending Library

"When your child has Asperger's Syndrome" by William Stillman

"Healing the New Childhood Epidemics" (Autism, ADHD, Asthma, & Allergies) by Kenneth Bock, M.D., & Cameron Stauth.

"Raising a Sensory Smart Child" (The definitive handbook for helping your child with Sensory Integration issues) by Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L, and Nancy Peske.

"Can I tell you about Asperger Syndrome?" (A guide for friends & family) by Jude Welton.

"Neuro Tribes" (The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity) by Steve Silberman.

Local Events

Special Needs Softball Game & Cookout

Saturday May 12, 2018  


Hillview Community Ctr.

298 Prairie Dr.

Louisville, KY 40229

Contact Serena (502) 939-8273

Click here for details.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday Mar. 24, 2018


The Farnsley-Moremen Landing

7410 Moorman Rd.

Louisville, KY 40272

Click here for details.


Saturday Mar. 31, 2018


The Kentucky Railway Museum

136 South Main St.

New Haven, KY 40051

Click here for details.

About Us

Autism Friendly Nights

In partnership with Families for the Effective Treatment of Autism or FEAT, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Frazier History Museum, the Muhammad Ali Center and the Kentucky Science Center are each offering FREE Autism Friendly Nights in April as part of Autism Awareness Month. Each evening runs from 5-7pm at a different attraction...April 2nd at the Kentucky Derby Museum, April 9 at the Frazier History Museum, April 16th at the Muhammad Ali Center and April 24th at the Kentucky Science Center. Each evening will provide kids, adults and their families an opportunity to enjoy each attraction in a more accommodating atmosphere.

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Frankfort Ave. Easter Parade

26th Annual Easter Parade

Saturday Mar. 31, 2018


Frankfort Ave. Louisville 40206

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Touch A Truck

Saturday May 12, 2018


Fire Dept. Headquarters

316 E. Spring St.

New Albany, In 47150

Click here for details

FEAT Eggstravaganza

Saturday Mar. 24, 2018


1100 E. Market St. 

Louisville, KY 40206

Click here for details.



The Unexpected Joys of Raising an Autistic Child

  • Emily Colson talks about the trials and triumphs she's experienced in raising her autistic son, Max. Her father, author Chuck Colson, joins the conversation to discuss the lessons they've learned from Max which underscore the sanctity of all human life.  

Click here to listen Part 1 of 2.

Click here to listen Part 2 of 2.