26 Mar Community Resources
In our ever-changing, sometimes instantly-changing, world, it can be hard to know where to look for reliable, current information and resources for our individuals with disabilities. A couple great ways to stay up-to-date on topics and changes in our community are to become involved in community activities, visit websites, and join mailing lists of various agencies within our community.
What community activities are available?
To start, New Hope is expanding our Transition Services! We are currently taking interviews for a new AIM group based at our Castleton Day Services site. Also, we are actively interviewing for the Cheese and Thank You Food Truck! If you know of a young adult who would like to participate in either of these opportunities, please contact Amy Flint at (317) 338-4535.
Also, frequently, our local high schools provide Transition and Community Resource Fairs. In March, Avon High School and Hamilton Southeastern provided these fairs as a resource to assist parents, families and professionals to learn about various organizations and services that are available for individuals with disabilities.
What websites are good to go to?
There are many great websites that serve as resources to the New Hope community, and some of our most helpful are discussed below. The Indiana FSSA (Family and Social Services Administration) and Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities are great resources on all services, changes in programs and regulations and legislative activity. Also, InSource, Fifth Freedom and About Special Kids (ASK) share information from around the state about fairs, trainings, webinars and state activities. The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community works to put good ideas into everyday practice in schools and community settings to improve choices and quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. Finally, there are websites like the IRCA (Indiana Resource Center for Autism) that provide resources centered on specific diagnoses.
A new resource offered by New Hope is our closed Facebook group. This group is a community of New Hope of Indiana parents, guardians and families who are experiencing life together. Through the collaboration of sharing resources and education as well as supporting one another, this group is enhancing the lives of the individuals we serve and their families. Simply login to your Facebook account, search for New Hope Closed Group and request to join.
Family and Social Services Administration: www.fssa.in.gov
Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities: www.in.gov/gpcpd/
Fifth Freedom: www.fifthfreedom.org
About Special Kids: www.aboutspecialkids.org
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community: www.iidc.indiana.edu
Indiana Resource Center for Autism: www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/irca
New Hope’s Closed Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/NHClosedGroup/
New Hope’s Transition Services: www.newhopeofindiana.org/transition-services/
If you have any questions or need additional information about resources, please contact Amy Flint, Director of Community and Family Connections at (317) 338-4535 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.