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Special Needs Directory

Northwest Indiana Special Needs Directory

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About Special Kids

Lake and Porter Counties

800.964.4746

aboutspecialkids.org

A family-to-family information network for those with disabilities. Also provides information on laws that protect children’s rights and helps obtain an advocate if needed.

All About Kids

Valparaiso

219.462.0786

Services tailored to meet each child’s specific needs, including developmental therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, family training, and service coordination.

Autism Society of America Northwest Indiana Chapter

Crown Point

219.662.2668

Parental support group for those with disorders on the Autism Spectrum.

Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services

219.887.0503

Administers funding for services for individuals with developmental disabilities in order for them to maximize their capabilities and to actively participate in the community. Works with individuals to access residential services and other needed supports. Contact this agency to apply for a Medicaid waiver for services that may be needed in adulthood such as living arrangements, respite or caregiver help in the home. Experts say the waiting list for services is about 10 years long, so they advise applying for this in early childhood or as soon as you receive any diagnosis that will likely still require special help in adulthood. It’s better to apply early and then not need the services, than to be locked out of them.

Center for Possibilities

Hobart

219.962.5751

centerforpossibilities.org

A full day, full year educational program along with therapy and nutrition programs for preschool aged children with developmental and physical disabilities with a strong focus on the development of self-care skills and learning opportunities for adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Center for Possibilities has received a Prevent Child Abuse grant from Geminus Community Partners, and now provides FREE counseling to Lake County parents of a child with a diagnosed disability. Call for more information.

Children’s Therapy Plus

6504 E 129th Ave, Crown Point

219.662.7654

This facility provides professional therapy services in a unique, stimulating environment, which encourages children to have fun while achieving their highest potential. The only clinic in Northwest Indiana offering hippotherapy (horse riding therapy).

Club Wonder: Northwest Indiana Special Needs Alliance

Meets monthly at Opportunity Enterprises

2801 Evans Ave, Valparaiso

Club Wonder is a parent/caregiver information and support group for special needs of all kinds. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month for support, education and community planning. The club offers monthly speakers and presentations and also organizes play dates for the children. For more information, contact Kristin at 219.309.7187.

Compassionate Friends of Lake & Porter Counties

219.552.0466

A mutual assistance self-help organization offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and siblings.

Contact Cares of Northwest Indiana

Merrillville

219.938.7070

Contact Cares is a telephone ministry, which is provided by training volunteers to respond to the express needs of those they serve. Through listening and caring, they help their clients achieve independence and a renewed sense of wholeness.

Crisis Center Inc.

Crisis Contact Hopeline

Gary

219.938.0900

crisiscenterysb.org

The Crisis Contact Line and Hopeline are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Hundreds of thousands of problems receive responses and referrals each year.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/Greater Illinois Chapter

Chicago

312.236.4491

Provides information about support groups to parents of children with cystic fibrosis, educational programs or materials, advocacy, telephone support, written information.

Deaf Services, Inc.

Merrillville

219.769.6506

Provides interpreting, case management, referrals, sign language classes, information on the latest equipment available and places orders upon request, a 24-hour emergency phone line, in-service training for deaf awareness, girls’ youth programs, and developmental therapy and early intervention services.

Division of Family Resources Porter County

Valparaiso

219.462.2113

Administers public assistance.

Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Indiana

219.838.3656

Services for those affected by Down syndrome.

Duneland School Corporation Special Education

Valparaiso

219.464.9607

Helps all students to reach their greatest academic and social potential so they can become contributing members of the community.

Everybody Counts/F.A.C.E.S.

Merrillville

219.769.5055

everybodycounts.org

An independent living center of Indiana which promotes activities and provides services that enable people with disabilities to lead independent, self-directed lives to as great an extent as possible.

First Steps

219.662.7790

nwifs.org

Provides early intervention for families that have infants and toddlers with developmental delays or who show signs of being at-risk to have certain delays in the future.

Home Health Services of Porter County, Inc.

Valparaiso

219.462.5195

vnaportercounty.org

Provides compassionate home and hospice care in an innovative and personalized manner to those in need, within the resources available, enabling them to preserve their dignity and maintain their highest level of independence.

Indiana Professional Management Group (IPMG)

866.672-4764 ext. 253

gotoipmg.com

The sole provider of person-centered case management services to more than 12,000 individuals receiving an Autism, Developmental Disabilities, or Support Services Medicaid Waiver.

Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehabilitation Center

332 W 806 N (US 6)

Valparaiso

219.764.4888

jsladder.org

Provides comprehensive rehabilitative therapies to physically challenged children. Offers physical, occupational, and speech therapies, as well as medical/neuropsychological evaluation services, free developmental screenings, and educational programs.

Kidworks Developmental Intervention Center

Chesterton

219.983.9675

kidworksllc.com

A pediatric therapy clinic that specializes in providing therapeutic services for children with special needs that engage the child’s mind, body and spirit to maximize the outcome.

Life Strategies, LLC

Lake and Porter Counties

life-strategies.net

A family therapy and counseling group that specializes in Autism, Asperger's, PDD, and other developmental issues. Board Certified Behavior Analysts provide highly researched and effective ABA Learning and Social Skills programs and also offer children's groups. ABA programs may be covered by your health insurance. This organization also provides Indiana Waiver services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Look Who’s Talking, LLC

Merrillville

888.668.8239

speechpath.org

A provider of speech, language and developmental therapy to children of all ages.

Loving Care Agency

Valparaiso

219.548.0099

Ventilator trained RNs and LPNs, who specialize in the care of ventilator dependent children or those who have G-tubes and other complex medical needs, provide hourly shift care at the family’s home and, in most cases, at the child’s school.

Methodist Hospital Children’s Developmental Center

Lake County

219.886.5437

Provides a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of children with special needs.

NAMI Porter County

Serving Northwest Indiana

219.764.2958

namiporterco.org

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Porter County is a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by serious mental illness. NAMI Porter County is comprised of families, consumers, and professionals that are dedicated to helping families through a network of support, education, and advocacy throughout Northwest Indiana. NAMI provides support groups twice monthly, and educational programs such as the Peer-to-Peer class, and "In Our Own Voice" presentations.

Nathan C. Splant Foundation

Based in Dyer, Ind.

219.365.5800

ncsplantfoundation.org

The Nathan C. Splant Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Dyer, Indiana, that helps local premature children and their families through assistance and grant-giving programs.

Nilsby

nilsby.com

twitter.com/nilsby

Nilsby is a free new resource for families with members who have special needs. It is an online community dedicated to sharing information and emotional support within the special needs community. The content on nilsby.com ranges from information about IEPs to information about specific disorders to inspirational quotes.

Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Autism Association

Hobart

219.947.0229

northwestindianaautism.com

Provides services for families with autism including information and referral and support groups.

Northwest Indiana Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community

Griffith

nwideaf.org

Provides an online community, message board, listserv, and youth involvement services.

Northwest Indiana Sickle Cell Foundation

Gary

219.949.5310

Aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with sickle cell disorders and other special health needs.

Northwest Indiana Spinal Cord Injury Group

Valparaiso

219.531.0055

nwiscig.blogspot.com

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries living in Northwest Indiana through education, advocacy, peer support and recreational outings.

Northwest Indiana TOPSoccer

Chesterton

219.464.9071

nwitopsoccer.org

A national soccer program created to train young people with disabilities in a caring coaching environment. Provides meaningful learning, development, and physical participation opportunities to these athletes through the wonderful game of soccer.

Opportunity Enterprises, INC

Valparaiso

219.464.9621

oppent.org

Provides early intervention services such as artistic visions, day habilitation, job placements, supported employment, adult day center, supervised living and supported living, and transportation for people with disabilities.

Parents for Parents

Valparaiso

219.464.4369

Provides information, advocacy, and support for families in Porter County. Support group meetings are held throughout the year.

Porter County Schools Special Education

Valparaiso

219.464.9607

Provides early intervention, preschool and early childhood, special education and related services.

Porter County Sibshops

Valparaiso

219.531.9090

A program just for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Offered for children 8-16 who have a brother or sister with special health or developmental needs; a celebration of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters.

Porter-Starke Services, Inc.

Valparaiso

219.531.3500

porterstarke.org

Provides services for attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavior health, bipolar disorder, case management, counseling, grief and loss, and mental health.

Powerful Parents and Consumers Group

866.672.4764 ext. 257

gotoipmg.com/pp-welcome

A statewide resource-rich group that meets monthly and is open to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The group provides direct, factual information on Indiana’s waiver program, community resources, and issues of interest, including guardianships, vocational rehabilitation, self-advocacy and others.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Franciscan St. Margaret Health

Schererville

(219) 322-1600

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Franciscan St. Margaret Health provides comprehensive outpatient therapy services to children from the ages of birth through 18. They provide physical, occupational, speech and developmental therapy services as well as audiology. We specialize in treating children with a variety of disorders including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, speech – language delays, feeding, sensory, developmental disabilities, brain injury, neonatal follow up and more.

Special Education Advocate

Kelly Price

2218 Hobart, Gary

219.678.5437

indianaparentadvocate.com

Kelly Price is an independent advocate for families with special education issues. She is available for consultations, IEP reviews, and to attend Case Conference Committee meetings and mediations.

The Aliveness Project

Gary

219.985.6170 ext 25

Assists, supports and empowers individuals infected and affected by HIV.

Therapy and Learning Services, Inc.

New Carlisle

574.654.8540

therapyandlearningservices.com

Offers speech therapy and educational services for children and adults in Northwest and Northeast Indiana. A new picky eaters food exploration group, called “Munch Bunch,” utilizes food chaining therapy techniques. Teletherapy is also available.

United Way of Porter County/First Call for Help

Valparaiso

219.464.3583

Offers Porter County residents information—for problems, questions, or if people don’t know where to turn.

Vocational Rehabilitation Office/Area 3

Valparaiso

219.462.0521

Assists people with disabilities in transitioning from school to work or to re-enter the work force after an illness or injury.

Wee Care Therapy

Dyer

219.322.1415

weecaretherapy.com

Pediatric rehabilitation facility providing developmental therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy services.

West Lake Special Education Cooperative

212 E Joliet St

Schererville

219.865.1171

westlake.lcsc.us

The West Lake Special Education Cooperative in collaboration with Lake Central and Munster school communities is committed to providing support for students by the way of offering a full continuum of services to empower them to maximize their individual potential.

Workforce Development Services/Child Care Resource & Referral

Gary

219.882.0033 or 866.582.2229

wdsccrr.org

Works to improve the quantity, the quality and the accessibility of child care to meet the needs of the culturally diverse children and families in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties.

Local listservs for parents of kids with special needs

Indiana Family To Family: groups.yahoo.com/group/INF2FParents

Northwest Indiana Parents of Special Needs: groups.yahoo.com/group/nwiparentsofspecialneeds

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