Special Needs Living April 2023 Issue

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Meet The Alderin Family: CORY, EMILY, ZOEY, DAPHNEY AND BO

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32-35 Featured Family: Meet The Alderin Family

57 Pastor’s Corner: We Are All Indispensable

26-28 Meet Conner Edwards

58-59 Sponsor Spotlight: The Hope Source

48-53 2023 Summer Camps and Therapeutic Riding Programs

25 Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words: Meet Michelle Unruh

44-47 Special Needs Living – New Year’s Bash highlights!

38-39 Financial: Reporting the Existence of a Special Needs Trust to Government Agencies

18-20 Local Events


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Here to help you put plans in place to give you peace

Elizabeth A. Homes is a special needs planning and elder law attorney. She has been licensed and practicing law since May of 2014. Her practice at the Law O ce of Elizabeth A. Homes LLC is focused on Special Needs Planning, Guardianships, Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate Work. This includes Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Directives, Trusts, Trust Administration, Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship, and Probate. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana.

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Indiana Department of Education: Office of Special Education – www.doe.in.gov/specialed

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Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) – www.in.gov/fssa/index.htm

Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities (GPCPD)

Indiana Resource Center for Autism

Indiana State Department of Health

Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC)

Indiana Works

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Medicaid Disability

Medicaid Waivers

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Special Education Questions

United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR)

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Local Events

Note: Don’t forget to apply for the Access Pass! The Access Pass Program allows families that meet the specific requirements listed below to visit The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and all participating locations for $2 per family member per visit for up to two adults and all dependent youths living in the household. You qualify if you receive:

• Hoosier Healthwise Insurance (Indiana’s health care program for low-income families, pregnant women and children)

• SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

• TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

Apply here: https://www. childrensmuseum.org/visit /hours/access-pass.


The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

First Thursday Nights

The first Thursday of every month, 4:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Go back in time to the Age of the Dinosaurs and explore the basics of science through fun, hands-on activities in Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibition

Travel to Greece without leaving Indiana in Take Me There®: Greece Uncover ancient artifacts in National Geographic Treasures of the Earth https://www.childrensmuseum.org/ visit/calendar/event/273/2023-04-06

Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 2023 -10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sunburst Atrium, Museum-wide We are joining organizations around the world in celebrating Earth Day. Participate in special hands-on activities.

Hear from local experts to learn ways you can take action.

Join us and other local organizations as we take action locally and globally. Continue the fun at home with these nine Earth Day activities: https:// www.childrensmuseum.org/blog/ earth-day-activities

For tickets: https://www. childrensmuseum.org/visit/calendar/ event/322/2023-04-22

Various Events

April 1-April 31

Opens at 10 AM 3000 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46208 317-334-4000


Conner Prairie — Indiana’s Living History Museum

Breakfast with the Bunny

April 8, 2023 - 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and visit with the Easter Bunny for a photo op. Assigned seating will be arranged in advance for registered guests. Learn more here: https://www. connerprairie.org/explore/things-todo/breakfast-with-the-bunny/

Homeschool Day

April 12, 2023 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join us at Conner Prairie for Homeschool Day! Any homeschooling family can visit Conner Prairie at our current school group rates without the usual requirement of having a group of 15 students or more. These rates are per student, with one primary educator free per family and additional adults at the chaperone rate. Explore the variety of learning opportunities Conner Prairie has to offer in our seven historic areas. Meet the residents of 1836 Prairietown and experience Indiana’s brush with the Civil War at the 1863 Civil War Journey immersion experience. Also be sure to explore the Conner House, and take a journey out to Treetop Outpost. https://connerp.ticketapp. org/portal/product/95/events

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We Can Camp!

April 29 - April 30, 2023 - Overnight, Saturday 1 PM - Sunday 10 AM

Join us as you learn basic camping skills, enjoy fun outdoor experiences, and spend the night on our grounds in a tent! This program is perfect for first-time campers or anyone looking for a refresher. We provide all the camping gear you’ll need, along with modern restrooms and overnight security. Learn more at https://www. connerprairie.org/we-can-camp/

Sensory-Friendly Hours

The second Sunday of every month, from 10 AM to noon, are sensoryfriendly hours at Conner Prairie! Enjoy a calm environment. Check in with Guest Relations, stating that you are here for sensory-friendly hours. You will get free admission and may stay as long as you wish.

Various events

April 1 - April 30

13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038

Phone: 317-776-6000 or 800-966-1836

https://www.connerprairie.org/ events/list


Indy Fuel

April 2, 8, 14, 2023

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Indiana Pacers

April 7, 2023

Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Indianapolis Indians

April 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 2023

Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis, IN 46225


Indy Eleven

April 1, 3 8, 22, 29, 2023

IU Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium

1001 W New York St Indianapolis IN 46202. 317-274-9749



Indianapolis Zoo

xZOOberance Spring Festival

March 23 - April 16, noon to 4 PM

After a long Indiana winter, we could all use a little xZOOberance! We’ve expanded our annual spring festival to feature 16 days of fun, with activities running from noon - 4 PM on event days only. https:// www.indianapoliszoo.com/events/ xzooberance/

Various events are scheduled daily Check the calendar for events. https://www.indianapoliszoo.com/ visit/daily-schedule/

Jurassic Quest is America’s biggest and most popular dinosaur event and walk among the dinosaurs!

Our classic indoor adventure is back! Jurassic Quest and our skyscraping dinosaurs bring supersized family fun – only here can you get up close to life-size, realistic dinos, and even see them move and roar! Whether the dinos had skin that was scaly, feathers or fur, Jurassic Quest has spared no expense to bring the dinosaurs to life.

Walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods, and “Deep Dive” into the “Ancient Oceans” exhibit with ancient ocean dwellers including the largest apex predator that ever existed – a moving, life-size, 50-foot-long Megalodon!


The Studio Movie Grill

3535 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46268


Sensory-friendly screenings of movies! Check the website for movies and times.

https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/ movie/special-needs-screenings


Beef and Boards

An American In Paris

March 30 - May 14, 2023

9301 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268


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Jubilate Choir

Butler University, Lilly Hall, Room 133

1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46222


9 AM - 5 PM, Mon. - Thur., and 9 AM7 PM, Fri.-Sun. and holidays


April 14 - 16, 2023

Ball State University Champions Pavilion

1202 E. 38TH ST. INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46205

ATTENTION Indianapolis dinosaur lovers! Come see for yourself why

Wednesdays, 6:45-7:30 PM

The Jubilate Choir is for singers with special needs in grades 3-9. Singers with varying abilities meet each week to grow musically. This tuition-free

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choir focuses on proper singing techniques, music theory and sight-reading, part-singing, and social skills involved in being a member of a musical ensemble.

Though Jubilate has, at its core, the same goals as other choirs in the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), singers in Jubilate engage in additional activities like visual and tactile experiences that are catered specifically to the current members of the choir.

Director: Lauren Southard

For more information, contact Lauren Southard at 317-940-8065 or lsouthar@icchoir.org. https://icchoir.org/special-needs/

Gigi’s Playhouse

Various classes during the week. 5909 E. 86th St. Indianapolis, IN 46250 317-288-8235



IRCA Family Autism Support Webinar (Online)

April 17, 2023 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Crossroads of ASD and Mental Health

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that has strong overlap with mental health issues. Those with

ASD are at higher risk for almost every mental health disorder, except substance abuse. In addition, the impact of having an individual with ASD can cause increased family stress. This presentation will focus on recognizing and proactively addressing mental health factors so that the care of the individual with ASD and their family is optimized.

Presented by: Julie T. Steck, Ph.D., HSPP

Psychologist, CRG/Children’s Resource Group, LLC https://iu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FuHZwWpTBu_flVWd6tr8g

PATINS Tech Expo 2023 with IN*SOURCE

Save the date for April 20, 2023!

PATINS returns to Carmel, IN. Registration is open until March 29, 2023, at midnight. https:// patinsproject.org/services/conferences/techexpo This event is open to all interested Indiana administrators, teachers, family members, advocates, students, and pre-service teachers/grad students. It is your opportunity to preview assistive and accessible technologies and services, meet with vendors and experts of resources designed to promote inclusion, comply with federal and state mandates and learn about accessibility and technology supports for all of your students and families. Throughout the day, visit the live Exhibit Hall and attend vendor presentations to earn up to four professional growth points/contact hours.

Best Buddies Friendship Walk: Indianapolis

April 23, 2023 - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Celebration Plaza at White River State Park 801 W. Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204

To At Destination Regen we can help replenish what the body needs to naturally repair its self with the life changing power of Regenerative Medicine.

Event Contact: NatalieSeibert@bestbuddies.org

The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (also known as IDD).


child is a good candidate for regenerative medicine tissue therapy, book

Join 40,000 walkers across the country to support the Best Buddies programs in your schools, workplaces and communities. You’ll be making the world more welcoming to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – one friendship, one job, and one life-changing connection at a time. https://www.bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk .org/indianapolis/

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tried it. He loved it. And it set him on a life path of dedication, commitment, and purpose. In his first year of participating in Best Buddies, he learned that with the right supports, individuals with moderate-to-severe disabilities are capable of anything.

During high school and college, Conner also volunteered for, and then worked at, Camp Riley. He worked there for 9 summers and still works at the weekend winter retreats.

Most disability advocates have a personal connection to the disability world. Conner is no exception. His mother had a stroke and was physically disabled before he was born. She still lives with some physical limitations and now has epilepsy as well. Despite her challenges, she raised her children and worked. Conner saw every day how she was able to do that with the right tools and support system.

Conner knew he wanted to be a special education teacher, and he

Meet Conner Edwards, a young teacher, leader, and activist intent on making impactful and lifelong changes for adults with severe and profound disabilities.

To understand what Conner Edwards is setting out to do, you must first understand his journey. Conner joined Best Buddies his freshman year at Center Grove High School, in Greenwood, Indiana, as a peer tutor in a Life Skills class. A friend suggested that he might like it, so he

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knew he wanted to work with the most severely disabled population. Ball State University has one of the few programs that prepares preservice teachers specifically for working with students needing moderate to severe interventions.

Conner and his dad took a Ball State tour and met with Dr. Lisa Pufpaff, Chair of the Special Education Department. Conner shared that this meeting was one of the most significant interactions he has had in his life. He walked away knowing he had chosen the right career path, the right program, and the right school.

Conner did very well at Ball State. He always made the Dean’s List and was the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) student of the year in 2016. And he was literally a poster boy for Ball State, appearing on billboards on the I-465 loop advertising student success at the university.

Conner—of course —did not choose the typical student teaching placement with local schools. He sought out a program at Indiana University called Global Gateway for Teachers, which places student teachers in other states and countries. Ball State partnered with IU to make

By choice, Conner was placed in a residential school on a Navajo Reservation, where students needing moderate interventions lived and went to school Monday through Friday. The school was residential because the reservation is huge, and students often live far away. Conner not only taught but lived with the students, helping take care of them well as educating them. They were some of the most underserved students in the country, living in extreme poverty with very few supports or access to services.

A lot of responsibility was placed on Conner’s 22-year-old shoulders. Most student teachers have their local family, friends, and a university support system. Conner was 16 hours away from home and the only student teacher on the reservation. The days and nights were physically demanding. The school had 16-18 programs— including academic, recreational, and therapy. Conner describes this experience as one of the hardest, yet most rewarding things he has ever done.

After graduation, Conner applied to several special education programs in the greater Indianapolis area, but was hoping to be hired by Ben Davis High School because he had heard many positive things about their programs. The positions are widely sought after by applicants. After his interview, he had barely walked back to his car before he received a call--he got his job offer while he was still in the parking lot!

After seven years of working with students who require severe interventions, he still loves his work, and he loves his students.

Unfortunately, when special education students graduate at age 21, they age out of the supports that the school system provides, and are often forgotten. Conner is setting out to change that. He keeps in touch with his former students and families and has discovered that the only options for adults with severe disabilities aren’t good ones. Some work in sheltered workshops where they do rote tasks for little or no money. Some attend day programs where they don’t

do much more than sit in front of a television. They are the same awful options that haven’t changed much in 50 years. In the worst case scenarios, these young adults are placed in residential nursing homes that are not equipped to care for them or engage with them.

Conner visited some of these places and saw how clearly they were lacking--there was no learning, no therapy, no engagement, and often a misunderstanding of the individual and their needs. He felt that some reinvention was needed. For example, a sheltered workshop could use a business or entrepreneurial model that would engage not only the individuals, but the community they serve as well.

The lack of options made Conner take pause: What could he do? He thought back to his earlier realization:

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With the right supports, individuals with moderate and severe disabilities are capable of anything.

And once Conner decides he is going to do something, he does it. “Advocacy,” he says, “has to be at the forefront of what we are doing to serve adults with severe disabilities.”

After immersing himself in focus groups with families and other advocates, he started his own nonprofit, Limitless Ability. With an active board, vision, and mission, he is currently fundraising and hopes to

open a fully operational day center by the fall of 2025.

Limitless Ability’s clinical team will provide evidence-based occupational, speech, and physical therapies to clients with disabilities to promote independence at home, in the workplace, and in community settings, through day-programming services. Recreational and music therapies will be contracted out. Clients will be grouped crosscategorically by needs.

Being physically active is a key focus of Limitless Ability. Once individuals age out of school, they lose their school-based therapy services and become sedentary. A sedentary lifestyle leads to more co-morbidities on top of the medical issues adults with severe disabilities already have.

Conner wants to help guide families to what is next, an adult day center that focuses on fun, function, and community. Community integration is critical. Adults who have the most challenging behaviors or medical needs are the ones who are the most sheltered. What these individuals need is the opposite--they need even more access and practice. “You don’t shelter them, you lean into it and make their world more inclusive,” Conner explained.

A question that guided Conner’s community integration plan was this: From what spaces and places are adults with severe disabilities missing? They are missing from concerts, yoga studios, community centers, and sporting events, among many other spaces. He wants to partner with these spaces and let these individuals and their families experience the space the way others do, so they understand that it is going to be okay, and that these spaces can be inclusive.

Limitless Ability has been hosting monthly pop-up events around the greater Indianapolis area that are meant to engage the community and create inclusive opportunities for adults with disabilities.

Those pop-up events have included adaptive yoga where individuals get out of their wheelchairs to stretch and experience range of motion yoga, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) events where non-AAC users learn how to communicate back with someone’s AAC device. An upcoming July concert at a local concert arena is also planned.

Conner hopes to make the greater Indy area limitless, a space where the world isn’t defined by those who have disabilities and those who do not; a space where with the right tools and supports, adults with severe disabilities can thrive.


• Follow Limitless Ability on Instagram, Facebook, or at www. limitlessabilityindiana.org.

• Donate through their website

• Share about their work with families looking for services

• Attend community events to see the mission in action

• Sponsor the organization or individual events through your workplace. The work of Limitless Ability is highlighted while the employer receives the benefits of donating to and supporting a registered 501(c)3 charity.

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family Alderin meet the


The Alderin family

calls New Palestine, where they have lived the past six years, their forever home. Emily grew up on the southeast side of Indianapolis

and attended college in Illinois.

Corey grew up in Iowa and attended college there. The family has lived throughout the Midwest. Zoey was born in Chicago, Daphney in

Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Bo, here in Indianapolis.

“When we moved back from Wisconsin, it was [because we wanted to be closer] to family,” said


Emily. “We are very thankful we made that decision because Daphney spent the first two weeks in Indiana at Riley Hospital.” Since then, Emily says, it has been their family, community and church, and their steadfast faith in Christ, that has sustained them along their special needs journey.

“Daphney was born with a rare heart condition called total

the county and got fully licensed to become her foster parents and were finally able to adopt her on her second birthday.”

Daphney was diagnosed with TAPVR when she was one year old and underwent her first open heart surgery a year later to repair the left side of her heart and lung. TAPVR is a rare and critical congenital (present at birth) heart defect, where all four pulmonary veins connect incorrectly to the left atrium, mixing oxygen-rich blood with oxygen-poor blood, causing oxygen levels throughout the body to be less than what the body needs. Surgery is needed to repair the connection.

“After her first open heart surgery, we were told to never expect any doctor to complete the repairs due to the high risk of complications,” said Emily. “I did not like that answer, and I did not accept that answer; so I went to the ultimate Physician and asked Him to make a way. We, by the power and His way, ended up at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for a second opinion and fell in love with the doctors,” she continued.

left side of her body and was in in the hospital for 46 days.

TAPVR,” Emily explained.

“We were helping at a church in Wisconsin and a foster care provider was attending with a baby. I let her know my husband and I were respite providers and if she ever needed help to give us a call. Well, she took us up on that. That baby was Daphney.

“Long story short, she didn’t think she could provide the best for Daphney, and asked if we knew anyone willing to foster a baby,” Emily continued. “We contacted

“When she was six years old she had a routine heart cath[eterization] done. At this appointment, the doctor told us he had been talking with the team of other cardiologists and they believed Daphney was big enough to do a less invasive heart procedure to correct the right side of her heart and lung. This would require multiple surgeries over the next year or so.”

“We knew the risks, which were actually really low with the type of surgery she was having done,” said Emily.

But after her second procedure, Daphney had a stroke, causing a massive brain bleed. She lost function of the entire

Emily and Corey unabashedly give the glory to God for the days that followed. “She had her stroke during our church’s (Real Life, in Greenfield, IN) 21 Days of Prayer. Prayer started at 6 a.m. Our oldest daughter, Zoey, noticed something was wrong with Daphney shortly after 6 a.m. My mom let a pastor

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know what was going on immediately. People were storming heaven for us before EMS even arrived.”

Emily says the family played worship songs 24/7 on Daphney’s iPad in her hospital room; doctors would come in, sharing how they heard that same song that morning. Another doctor came in and heard the music and asked if she could pray for them. “God was working on our behalf before we even arrived at the hospital. I never doubted His plan or His reason,” said Emily. “It doesn’t mean I was not shattered and heartbroken. I remember calling my sister and sobbing. I just wanted Daphney to open her eyes and talk again. I missed the sound of her voice. I just wanted my baby back and I wasn’t sure that was going to happen this side of heaven.”

By the grace of God, Daphney’s story wasn’t over and she made a full recovery, although as a result of the stroke, Daphney started having seizures last April. Thankfully, they are controlled by medication, but the family is looking into getting a service dog to

help alert them when she is having one. “Every day is a milestone with Daphney,” said Emily. “She should not be here. We thank God every day for her. I remember when she sat up for the first time at one year old. I remember when doctors told us her heart condition was not repairable, and God made a way. She has blood flow on both sides of her heart. She has not been hospitalized for a respiratory illness since 2019. She is succeeding in school with the help of some amazing aids. She is a shining star.”

Another special thing about this shining star is she has autism. “I first thought Daphney might be a little different when she was around one,” explains Emily. “We were on a flight home from vacation and I could tell she was sensory overloaded. Her eyes would roll up and she would shake her head back and forth. I started to notice loud sounds really bothered her and she always wanted to be very close to the TV or iPad.”

The family had First Steps do an evaluation when they settled in New Palestine, and she was evaluated and diagnosed at Riley Hospital for Children. “We have had some amazing therapists help us along the way,” Emily said. “Our First Steps therapist helped us get connected to ABA. Daphney had therapy through Beyond the Label and they were amazing. They helped us navigate behavior at home and gave us tips for school. Our BCBA came to an IEP meeting with us to learn what Daphney was doing in school so it could be integrated into her behavior plan at home.”

Daphney is considered high-functioning and attends Sugar Creek Elementary, where she is in a mainstream second grade classroom. “Her school has been absolutely amazing,” she said. “She has helpers that help her all day long to stay on task. She is allowed to be herself as long as she is not causing a distraction in the classroom. If she wants to stand and pace the back of the classroom, she can. If she wants to sit under her

desk and cut up paper, she can. If she wants to stand and do work at the counter, she can.”

Emily says when most people meet Daphney, they think she is mellow, and all her doctors think she is the best patient. At home, she tends to be more expressive. “Daphney will talk to about 10 people and then communicate with her eyes with everyone else,” explained Emily. “Her softball coach said he has learned what her facial expressions mean. She does everything by learned behavior. Her best friend will be her best friend for the rest of her life. She will only play with baby dolls because that is what she played with in First Steps. Everything is scheduled and a certain way with Daphney. It has taken some time for us to get used to that, but we have fallen into a nice routine with her.”

The family enjoys staying busy and tries to stay flexible, making accommodations and bringing extra supports on family trips when needed. They enjoy attending family church camp each summer, camping in North Dakota every two years, and using school breaks for sightseeing around the country. Both Daphney and her sister Zoey, who attends Zion Lutheran School, are active in their church and serve on the Junior Dream Team, leading worship in their rooms. Bo attends New Palestine Elementary and loves playing with Hot Wheels and anything superhero, which Emily says is fine with Daphney, who only enjoys toys if her siblings do also.

“It is hard to describe Daphney. There are times we watch and see her being a social little girl and then the next moment she can be completely done and off to her room to be alone for hours. We think she is perfect, and we love her so much. God has been, and I believe, will continue to be, all over Daphney’s story.”

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Daphney enjoys playing basketball and softball. She likes to dance and sing and play the piano. She loves to play outside with her brother and sister. Daphney’s favorite place to eat is Olive Garden. Her favorite food is spaghetti. Mom says when it’s her night to choose, the whole family already knows before they ask!

The family enjoys going to the movies, going for walks, swimming, and hanging out on the beach or at Southeastway Park.

Corey owns his own business, Telling Ministries, while Emily is a full-time homemaker.

Emily says the community of New Palestine is the best. “They really rally around you, support you, encourage you, and pray for you.”


1. Pray first and often. Do not let prayer be your last response. Prayer should be the first thing we do.

2. Allow others to walk this journey with you. Find mentors who are and have been through similar experiences as you.

3. As a family, encourage and champion your daughter/son/sibling in everything they do. They need to know, they are not a burden to the family.

4. Educate yourself on the things that make your

Because no two people are alike, and neither are their needs.

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Does the existence of a special needs trust have to be disclosed to agencies such as the Social Security Administration (SSA) or Medicaid? The answer depends on the type of special needs trust, whether it is funded or unfunded, and whether federal or state law requires disclosure of the trust.

Basically, there are two types of special needs trusts. A trust which is funded with assets owned by the beneficiary must be irrevocable and is often referred to as a “first party” or self-settled special needs trust. It may also be called a (d)(4)(A) or payback trust because it is governed by federal law found at 42 U.S.C. §1396p(d)(4) (A). This law requires a provision in the trust that assets remaining in the trust upon its termination must be paid back to the agency that provided medical assistance. This type of trust must be funded prior to the time the beneficiary reaches the age of 65 and is established for the sole benefit of the beneficiary by a competent adult beneficiary or the

beneficiary’s parent, grandparent, legal guardian or a court. Such trusts may be funded with the proceeds of a personal injury settlement or jury award, a direct inheritance by the beneficiary, or other assets that belonged to beneficiary prior to the establishment of the trust.

The other type of special needs trust is known as a “third-party” special needs trust because it is funded with assets owned by individuals other than the trust beneficiary. A third-party special needs trust may be a “stand-alone” or “living” revocable or irrevocable trust or it may be a testamentary trust embedded in the last will and testament of a person other than the beneficiary. A testamentary trust cannot be “activated” prior to the death of the person creating the will.

There is no Medicaid payback requirement for third-party special needs trusts. An individual receiving Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”)

or Medicaid benefits is required to advise the SSA and the state Medicaid agency about changes in his or her financial circumstances as a condition of receiving such benefits. The individual also may have an obligation to disclose a change in financial circumstances to an agency that provides subsidized housing to the beneficiary. Such programs benefit adults and children with disabilities who have limited income and resources and therefore are “meanstested.” Although the beneficiary of a special needs trust cannot compel a distribution from the trust, the assets and income may be distributed to or on behalf of the beneficiary and therefore, the funding of a special needs trust is deemed to be a change of financial circumstances. Absent an express provision in a special needs trust, the trust beneficiary or his or her representative payee, guardian or conservator generally is responsible for reporting the existence of a

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change in financial circumstances to the government agencies.

An unfunded special needs trust need not be disclosed because there has been no change in financial circumstances due to the existence of the trust. A special needs trust that has been funded, however, will need to be disclosed and, in most cases, the trust instrument will have to be submitted for review by the agency to ensure that it was properly drafted. In some states, a self-settled special needs trust must be pre-approved by the Medicaid agency prior to its funding. A funded special needs trust for the benefit of an SSI recipient should be transmitted to the District Office of the SSA along with a cover letter and the beneficiary’s Social Security number. The trust should be sent via certified mail, return receipt requested to prove that the trust was delivered. It’s also prudent to make a copy of the letter and retain it with the proof of mailing in case the agency asserts that it did not receive a copy of the trust. If the trust is approved, the SSA is unlikely to acknowledge its approval other than to continue to pay the beneficiary’s SSI benefits. A special needs trust that was previously approved by the SSA but later is determined to be a resource by that agency may be amended within 90 days to conform with the current SSA policy. The 90-day period begins on the day that the SSA informs the individual or representative payee that the trust requires an amendment. During that time period the assets in the trust will not be considered countable. The time period may be extended for good cause if requested and the individual or his or her representative provides evidence that the disqualifying

issue cannot be resolved within the 90-day period. For example, there may be a need to have the trust amendment approved by a court that is unable to decide the matter within the 90-day period. If the 90-day period does not apply because the trust is either new or had not previously been determined not to be a resource, then any future trust amendments will take effect the month following the month of the amendment. If a trust was previously established but was not previously submitted to the SSA, the federal agency will reopen its prior resource determination back to the date of the trust establishment date.

There is no duty to disclose the existence of a special needs trust to the SSA if the beneficiary is receiving Social Security benefits pursuant to a program that is not meanstested such as the Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) program. This program pays benefits to an “insured” worker and certain family members if the worker worked long enough and recently enough and paid Social Security taxes on his or her earnings. Similarly, there is no duty to disclose the trust if the beneficiary is receiving Medicare but not Medicaid benefits. If the SSA or the state Medicaid agency notifies the trust beneficiary or the trustee that the assets and income in the special needs trust are countable and benefits will cease, there is a short window to appeal the determination. The time in which to appeal the loss of benefits should appear on the notice from the agency.

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One of the goals at Special Needs Living Indy is to provide as much value as possible to support the Special Needs community!

Here’s a link to view all the past issues of Special Needs Living Indy — https://issuu.com/specialneedslivingindy.

If you would like to learn more about Special Needs Living Indy, we can find ways we can partner together to better impact the community. I’d love to set up a call to chat more. Here is a link to my calendar: https://calendly.com/jamiemccabe/special-needs-living-magazine.

Here is a great past article we did about local support groups in Indiana: https://issuu.com/ specialneedslivingindy/docs/ december_2021-special_ needs_living/s/14014143.

Here is one we did about outdoor sensory parks, places and spaces in Indiana: https://issuu.com/ specialneedslivingindy/ docs/sep_2021_special_ needs_living_indianapolis_ surro/s/13231556.

Here is one we did about indoor sensory parks, places and spaces in Indiana: https://issuu.com/ specialneedslivingindy/ docs/aug_2022_special_ needs_living_indianapolis_ surroun/s/16460960.

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What a wonderful way for the community to come together during the Special Needs Living New Year’s Bash! We are so thankful for all the supporters who helped make this an enjoyable event for all. It was lovely to see all the kids and teens having fun and building friendships while the adults had some fun of their own and enjoyed several performances put on by Rock Garage: Preston Nash & Harley Maxim, Traci King, Jimmy Goetz, Rhino Down (Paul Giefing, Steve Meyer, Adam Hayes, Mike Brown, Amanda McClaran), and Infinity (Amanda McClaran, Toru Kikuchi). We had a great lineup, all free thanks to our supporters.

Huge shout out to Adaggio’s Banquet Hall and Conference Centre and Developmental Disabilities Systems Inc. (DDSI) for hosting the event.


• Indiana Coalition for Families - appetizers

• Link to Learn Behavior

Therapy - dessert

“charcuterie” cups

• Step Ahead ABA - balloon artist sponsor

• SafeinHome - raffel baskets

• Ausome Indy - make and take sensory station

• Best Buddies - games and activities sponsor

• Guardian care - face painting sponsor

We had a blast putting this event together and thanks to everyone for coming out and celebrating the start of the New Year with us!

Special Needs Living – New Year’s Bash!

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Please note that this directory has been compiled and posted as a service to the community. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) does not endorse any particular activity or organization on this list. Camps listed specifically serve persons with disabilities and/or include this population in their program. Some solely serve children and/or adults on the autism spectrum. Parents are advised to investigate the opportunities presented below to determine the appropriateness of each activity for their family member.

More and more families are checking their local YMCA, Parks and Recreation department, and even private gyms, recreational facilities and local Girl Scout councils and finding that programs have been, or are being, developed for children and/or adults with disabilities. For example, there are martial arts programs available in some communities for individuals with special needs, and there are martial arts programs that include people on the autism spectrum.

Some programs have an “inclusion coordinator” or other staff designated to support children and/or adults with disabilities. Within this listing, you will notice a few programs offered by these types of organizations around Indiana. You are encouraged to check with various organizations in your community to inquire about

their specialized programs and/or supports within existing programs to accommodate children and adults with disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum.



TerraTime Nature Play & Learning Day Camp

Ages: 4-11

Location: 10910 E. State Road 28-67, Albany, IN 47320

Dates: June 12-16, June 19-23, July 3-7, July 10-14

Phone: 765-212-8521

Email: office@terratime.org

Website: https://www.terratime.org/


Embracing Abilities Day Camp

Ages: 5-adult

Location: 6734 E US Hwy 36, Avon, IN 46123

Dates: May 31 - July 21

Phone: 317-825-8326

Email: christynap@embracingabilities.com

Website: https://www. embracingabilities.com/


Kid City (day camp)

Ages: grades K-7

Location: Allison-Jukebox Community Center, 351 S Washington, Bloomington, IN 47401

Dates: May 30 - June 2, June 5-9, 12-16, 20-23, 26-30, July 5-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28

Phone: 812-349-3747

Email: shrakea@bloomington.in.gov

Website: https://bloomington.in.gov/ recreation/camps/kid-city-summer

Luddy Pre-College Summer Program (overnight camp)

Ages: grades 10-12

Location: Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering IU Bloomington, 700 N. Woodlawn Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408

Dates: June 16-22

Phone: n/a

Email: jostre@iu.edu

Website: https://luddy.indiana.edu/ student-life/summer-camp.html

Summer @ CIP (overnight camp)

Ages: grades 10-12 and rising college freshmen

Location: IU-Bloomington Campus

Dates: July 16-18

Phone: 877-566-9247

Email: info@cipsummer.com

Website: https://cipworldwide.org/ summer/dates-locations/


ADEC Summer Camp (day camp)

Ages: 6-22

Location: 1000 W Hively Ave, Elkhart, IN 46517

Dates: M-F June 5 - August 4

Phone: 574-349-5096

Email: info@adecinc.com

Website: https://adecinc.com/ summer-camp/


Anderson Woods (overnight camp)

Ages: 7-adult

Location: 3966 Adyeville Road, Bristow, IN 47515

Dates: Juny and July, MondayThursday

Phone: 812-639-1079

Email: andersonwoods@psci.net

Website: https://www.andersonwoods. org/summer-camp.html


Camp Mephibosheth (overnight camp)

Ages: 13-adult

Location: The Ark Christian Ministries, 3522 North 1000 West 27, Converse, IN 46919

Dates: June 24-26, 28-30

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Phone: 317-984-4653, ext. 130

Email: info@mm-abilities.org

Website: https://www.mm-abilities. org/camp.html


iCan Bike Camp (day camp)

Ages: 8-adult

Location: Indiana National Guard

Armory, Evansville, IN 47714

Dates: June 5-9

Phone: 812-479-1411, ext. 268

Email: pbalbach@evansvillerehab.com

Website: https://icanshine.org/ evansville-in/


Camp Create U (day camp)

Ages: 6-10

Location: Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, 10500 E 126th Street, Fishers, IN 46038

Dates: July 24-28

Phone: 317-253-6658

Contact: KHartman@insightsonline.net

Website: https://www.otbonline.org/

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Camp Red Cedar (day and residential camps)

Ages: 6-adult

Location: 3900 Hursh Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Dates: June 12 - August 11

Phone: 260-637-3608

Email: redcedar@campredcedar.com

Website: https://campredcedar.com/ our-camps/


Agape Therapeutic Riding Discovery Camp (day camp)

Ages: 6-12

Location: 531 West 100 South, Greenfield, IN 46140

Dates: TBA

Phone: 317-477-2276

Email: eastsitemanager @agaperiding.com

Website: https://agaperiding.org/ discovery-camp/


My Summer Journey (day camp)

Ages: 13-19

Location: 2455 Fairview Place, Greenwood, IN 46142

Dates: June 12-30

Phone: 317-676-4222

Email: k.higgins@autismcc-in.org

Website: https://autismcc-in.org/ourprograms/my-summer-journey/

Embracing Abilities (day camp)

Ages: 5-adult

Location: 2234 Sheek Rd, Greenwood, IN 46143

Dates: May 31 - July 21

Phone: 317-825-8326

Email: christynap@embracingabilities.com

Website: https://www. embracingabilities.com/


Chasing Dreams Summer Camp

Location: Big Maple Lake Park - 7302 Ainsworth Road, Hobart, IN 46342

Dates: TBD

Phone: 219-299-9049

Email: phone@chasingdreams.org

Website: https://www.chasingdreams. org/portfolio/summer-programs/


AYS Summer Enrichment (day camp)

Ages: 4-12

Locations: Willow Lake Elementary School, 7535 Harcourt Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Dates: June 5 - July 14

Phone: 317-903-9598

Website: https://www.ayskids.org/ summer/wl/

AYS Summer Enrichment (day camp)

Ages: 4-12

Locations: Blue & Gold Academy, 5650 Mann Road, Door 14, Indianapolis, IN 46221

Dates: June 5 - July 14

Phone: 317-649-2376

Website: https://www.ayskids.org/ summer/bga

AYS Summer Enrichment (day camp)

Ages: grades K-6

Locations: TBD Marion County Schools

Dates: TBD

Phone: 317-283-3817



CampAbility Day Camp, Easterseals Crossroads

Ages: 4-10

Locations: Warren Early Childhood Center, 1401 North Mitthoeffer Road, Indianapolis, IN 46229

Dates: June 12 - July 20

Phone: 317-466-1000

Email: kveteto@eastersealscrossroads.org

Website: https://www.

eastersealscrossroads.org/services/ childrens-services/camps/

Camp Catalyst (day camp)

Ages: 11-16

Location: 8450 N Payne Road, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46268

Dates: June 19-23

Phone: 317-222-3220

Email: camp@newhopeofindiana.org

Website: https://www. newhopeofindiana.org/camp/

Camp Delafield (day camp)

Ages: 7-13

Location: 8140 Union Chapel Road Indianapolis, IN 46240

Dates: June 5 - July 7

Phone: 317-222-6635





Camp Dellwood (day camp for girls)

Ages: grades 1-6

Location: Camp Dellwood, 7201 Girl Scout Lane, Indianapolis, IN

Dates: June 7 - July 14

Phone: 317-924-6827

Email: customercare@ girlscoutsindiana.org

Website: https://www. girlscoutsindiana.org/en/ camp/explore-summer-camp/campdellwood.html

Camp FUEL, Easterseals Crossroads (day camp)

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Ages: 11-17

Location: 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Dates: June 12 - July 7

Phone: 317-466-1000



Website: https://www. eastersealscrossroads.org/services/ childrens-services/camps/

Camp Gather (day camp)

Ages: 6-18

Location: Rhodius Park, 1720 W Wilkins Street, Indianapolis, IN 46221

Dates: June 12 - July 14

Phone: 317-327-PARK

Email: IndyParksCS@indy.gov

Website: https://apm.activecommunities.com/ indyparks/Home

Camp MODE, Easterseals Crossroads (day camp)

Ages: 11-17

Location: 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Dates: July 10-20

Phone: 317-466-1000

Email: lorem@eastersealscrossroads.org

Website: https://www. eastersealscrossroads.org/services/ childrens-services/camps/

Camp Yes And (day camp)

Ages: 13-18

Location: Indianapolis

Dates: June 5-9, June 12-16

Phone: 812-855-6508

Email: https://yesand.indiana.edu/ about/phone.html

Website: https://yesand.indiana.edu/

Embracing Abilities Day Camp

Ages: 5-adult

Location: 7101 Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46256

Dates: May 31 - July 21

Phone: 317-825-8326

Email: christynap@embracingabilities.com

Website: https://www. embracingabilities.com/

iCan Bike (day camp)

Ages: 8-adult

Location: Perry Park Ice Rink, 451 E. Stop 11 Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227

Dates: June 19-23

Phone: 317-782-8888



Website: https://www. eastersealscrossroads.org/services/ childrens-services/camps/

iD Tech Camp (day camp)

Ages: 7-17

Location: Butler University campus, Indianapolis, IN

Dates: June 12 - July 21

Phone: 888-709-8324

Email: hello@iDTech.com

Website: https://www.idtech.com/ locations/indiana-summer-camps/ butler-university

Jameson Camp (day camp)

Ages: 5-12

Location: Jameson Camp, 2001 Bridgeport Road, Indianapolis, IN 46231

Dates: June 5 - July 28

Phone: 317-241-2661

Email: jess@jamesoncamp.org



Jameson Camp (specialty overnight camps)

Ages: 10-17

Location: Jameson Camp, 2001 Bridgeport Road, Indianapolis, IN 46231

Dates: June 14 - July 28

Phone: 317-241-2661

Email: jess@jamesoncamp.org



SpringHill Day Camps K.I.D.S Inc.

Ages: grades K-4

Location: 920 Laurel Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Dates: June 12-16, June 19-23, July 17-21

Phone: 231-734-2616

Email: info@springhillexperiences.com

Website: https://www. springhillexperiences.com/ experience/2 LAFAYETTE

Camp Sycamore Valley (day camp for girls)

Ages: grades 1-6

Location: 8439 IN-26, Lafayette, IN 47905

Dates: June 12-16

Phone: 317-924-6857

Email: customercare@ girlscoutsindiana.org

Website: https://www. girlscoutsindiana.org/en/camp/ explore-summer-camp/campsycamore-valley.html

Camp Sycamore Valley (overnight camp for girls)

Ages: grades 2-12

Location: 8439 IN-26, Lafayette, IN 47905

Dates: June 7-9, 18-23, 26-28

Phone: 317-924-6857

Email: customercare@ girlscoutsindiana.org

Website: https://www. girlscoutsindiana.org/en/camp/ explore-summer-camp/campsycamore-valley.html

Straight Arrow Day Camp (YMCA)

Ages: 3-9

Location: 3001 S. Creasy, Lafayette, IN 47905

Dates: TBD

Phone: 765-474-3448

Website: https://lafayettefamilyymca.org/ summer-camp-kids-lafayette-indiana/

Straight Arrow Overnight C amp (YMCA)

Ages: 10-15

Location: 3001 S. Creasy, Lafayette, IN 47905

Dates: TBD

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Phone: 765-474-3448

Email: kiersten@lafayettefamilyymca.org

Website: https://lafayettefamilyymca.org/ summer-camp-kids-lafayette-indiana/


Englishton Park (overnight camp)

Ages: 8-12

Location: 2369 S English Drive, Lexington, IN 47138

Dates: June 18 - July 25

Phone: 812-889-2681

Email: thomaslisabarnett@etczone.com

Website: https://www.englishtonpark.com/


Camp ROCKS (overnight camp)

Ages: 10-17

Location: Bradford Woods, 5040 SR 67 North, Martinsville, IN

Dates: June 4-9

Phone: 317-466-1000



Website: https://www. eastersealscrossroads.org/services/ childrens-services/camps/


Camp Gallahue (overnight camp for girls)

Ages: grades 2-12

Location: 6758 Bear Creek Road, Morgantown, IN 46160

Dates: June 7 - July 14, 3-day or 6-day

Phone: 317-924-6827

Email: customercare@girlscoutsindian.org

Website: https://www. girlscoutsindiana.org/en/ camp/explore-summer-camp/ camp-gallahue.html


Camp Achieve (day camp)

Ages: 6-12

Location: 2000 W University Ave, Muncie, IN 47306

Dates: TBA

Phone: 765-285-5260

Email: CASD@bsu.edu

Website: https://www.bsu.edu/ academics/centersandinstitutes/ center-for-autism-spectrum-disorder/ camp-achieve

Camp EGTI (overnight camp)

Ages: 18-22

Location: 601 S. High Street, Muncie, IN 47305

Dates: June 4-16

Phone: 765-381-8071

Website: https://www. erskinegreeninstitute.org/programs/ camp-egti/


CYO Camp Rancho Framasa “Ranch Hand” (overnight camp)

Ages: 16-19

Locations: 2230 N Clay Lick Road, Nashville, IN 47447

Dates: June 11 - 30, July 9 - 28, 3-6 day

Phone: 812-988-2839

Email: info@campranchoframasa.org

Website: https://www. campranchoframasa.org/summerprograms.html

CYO Camp Rancho Framasa “Adult Recreation” (overnight camp)

Ages: 18+

Locations: 2230 N Clay Lick Road, Nashville, IN 47447

Dates: June 4-9, July 2-7 Phone: 812-988-2839

Email: info@campranchoframasa.org

Website: https://www. campranchoframasa.org/summerprograms.html


Summer Respite Camp

Location: Fairmont Neighborhood Center, 2525 Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN

Dates: TBD

Contact: 812-945-4063, 812-542-3651

Email: sbraunbeck@rachinc.org

Website: https://www.rauchinc.org/


Noble Summer Day Camps

Ages: 7-18

216 Lakeview Drive, Noblesville, IN 46060

Dates: TBD

Phone: 317-254-6623

Email: camps@mynoblelife.org

Website: https://www.mynoblelife.org/ services/youth-services/day-camps/


Camp REYOAD (overnight camp)

Ages: 18+

Location: 8531 Epworth Forest Road, North Webster, IN 46555

Dates: June 11-16

Phone: 574-834-2212

Email: registrar@impact2818.org

Website: https://impact2818.org/camps/


Camp Na Wa Kwa (day camp for girls)

Ages: grades 1-6

Location: 7865 E CR 300 N, Poland, IN 47868

Dates: July 17-21

Phone: 317-924-6857

Email: customercare@ girlscoutsindiana.org

Website: https://www. girlscoutsindiana.org/en/camp/ explore-summer-camp/ camp-na-wa-kwa.html

Camp Na Wa Kwa (overnight camp for girls)

Ages: grades 2-12

Location: 7865 E CR 300 N, Poland, IN 47868

Dates: July 5-7, July 9-14

Phone: 317-924-6857

Email: customercare@ girlscoutsindiana.org

Website: https://www. girlscoutsindiana.org/en/ camp/explore-summer-camp/ camp-na-wa-kwa.html


Camp Millhouse (overnight camp)

Ages: 7-adult

Location: 25600 Kelly Rd, South Bend, IN 46614

Dates: June 18 - July 28 (week-long)

Phone: 574-233-2202

Email: campmillhouse@gmail.com

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Website: https://www.campmillhouse. org/calendar.hmtl


Camp Ada (day camp for girls)

Ages: grades 1-5

Location: 4731 W County Road 600 S., Spiceland, IN 47385

Dates: June 12-14

Phone: 317-924-6827

Email: customercare@ girlscoutsindiana.org

Website: https://www. girlscoutsindiana.org/en/camp/ explore-summer-camp/camp-ada.html

Camp Ada (overnight camp for girls)

Ages: grades 6-12

Location: 4731 W County Road 600 S., Spiceland, IN 47385

Dates: June 11-14

Phone: 317-924-6827

Email: customercare@ girlscoutsindiana.org

Website: https://www. girlscoutsindiana.org/en/camp/ explore-summer-camp/camp-ada.html


Camp Lakeside (day camp)

Ages: grades K-12

Location: 32 S. Fish Lake Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385

Dates: June 5 - July 29

Phone: 219-464-0242

Email: nichole.schaefermurray@ oppent.org

Website: https://camplakeside.org/

Camp Lakeside Weekend Explorers (day camp)

Ages: grades K-12

Location: 32 S. Fish Lake Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385

Dates: March 11-12, April 8-9 Phone: 219-464-0242

Email: nichole.schaefermurray@ oppent.org

Website: https://camplakeside.org/

Camp Lakeside Weekend Discoveries (day camp)

Ages: 18-adult

Location: 32 S. Fish Lake Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385

Dates: March 25-26, April 22-23

Phone: 219-464-0242

Email: nichole.schaefermurray@ oppent.org

Website: https://camplakeside.org/

West Lafayette

Purdue Supur Friends Summer Camp (day camp)

Ages: 8-13

Location: 715 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Dates: July 18 - August 3

Phone: 765-496-0204

Email: bkeehn@purdue.edu

Website: https://web.ics.purdue. edu/~bkeehn/parents/students/




Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship

International (PATH Intl.) https:// www.pathintl.org/, formally known as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), was founded in 1969 to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Though PATH Int. began with a focus on horseback riding as a form of physical and mental therapy, the organization has since developed a multitude of different equine-related activities for therapeutic purposes, collectively known as equine-assisted activities and therapies (or EAAT).

Please inquire about programs available at each Center. Some of the activities that these riding Centers might offer include: Grooming & Tacking, Ground Work, Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, Mobile Community Programs, Vocational Training, Competition (Special Olympic, Paralympics), Recreational Riding, and 4-H, Camps (Summer, Day, or Other).

Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc.

Location: 24970 Mount Pleasant Road, Cicero, IN 46034 Phone: 317-773-7433

Email: info@agaperiding.org

Website: https://agaperiding.org/

Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc. (East)

Location: 531 West 100 South Greenfield, IN 46140

Phone: 317-759-9444

Email: agapeeast@agaperiding.org

Website: https://agaperiding.org/

Angola: Therapeutic Riding Center of Steuben County

Location: 8952 W 150 N, Angola, IN 46703

Phone: 260-829-6519

Email: trcsc_03@yahoo.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ trcofsteubenco/

Bloomington: People and Animal Learning Services (PALS)

Location: 7644 Elwren Road, Bloomington, IN 47403

Phone: 812-336-2798

Email: info@palstherapy.org

Website: https://www.palstherapy.org/

Brookston: Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center

Location: 11030 S 200 W, Brookston, IN 47923

Phone: 765-414-8066

Email: therapeion@yahoo.com

Website: https://www.therapeiontrc.com

Brownsburg: Junior Basketball League - “Hoop Stars”

Location: one of the elementary schools

Email: hoopstars@ brownsburgbasketball.com

Website: https://www. brownsburgbasketball.com/default. aspx?tabid=2461488

Camby: Amazing Grace Equine Therapy, Inc.

Location: 12956 N Slideoff Road, Camby, IN 46113

Phone: 317-474-9400

Email: jlambert@horseshoesofhope.org

Website: https://www. amazinggraceequinetherapy.org/

Cicero: Agape North Therapeutic Riding

Location: 24970 Mt Pleasant Road, Cicero, IN 46034

Phone: 317-773-7433

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Website: https://agaperiding.org/services/ individuals/therapeutic-riding/

Ferdinand: Stir-N-Up Hope, Inc.

Location: 17336 N St. Rd. 162, Ferdinand, IN 47532

Phone: 812-393-0941

Email: stirnuphope@psci.net

Website: https://www.stir-n-uphope.org/

Fort Wayne: Camp Red Cedar

Location: 3900 Hursh Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Phone: 260-637-3608

Website: https://campredcedar.com/ riding-lessons/

Fort Wayne: Summit

Equestrian Center

Location: 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, In 46845

Phone: 260-619-2700



Website: https://summitequestrian.org/

Greenfield: Agape East

Therapeutic Riding

Location: 531 West 100 South, Greenfield, IN 46140

Phone: 317-477-2276


https://agaperiding.org/services/ individuals/therapeutic-riding/

Kokomo: EquiVenture

Therapeutic Riding

Location: 6086 West 250 South

Russiaville, Kokomo, IN 46901

Phone: 765-860-9227

Website: https://www.equiventure.org/

Merrillville: Exceptional

Equestrians Unlimited

Location: 5699 East 73rd Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410

Phone: 219-945-0726

Email: eeunsi@outlook.com



Michigan City: Reins of Life

Location: 9375 West 300 North, Michigan City, IN 46360

Phone: 219-874-7519

Email: staff@reinsoflife.org

Website: https://www.reinsoflife.org/

Middlebury: Love Way

Location: 54151 CR 33, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: 574-825-5666

Email: info@lovewayinc.org

Website: https://lovewayinc.org/ services/riding

Plainfield: Optimist Miracle Movers (swimming, soccer, softball, basketball, dance)

Location: Carlucci Recreation and Aquatics Center Gym, 651 Vestal Road, Plainfield, IN 46168

Email: https://ommsports.org/contact

Website: https://ommsports.org/

Plainfield: Strides to Success

Location: 1350 Terry Drive, Plainfield, IN 46168

Phone: 317-838-7002

Email: info@stridestosuccess.org

Website: https://www.stridestosuccess.org/

Richmond: Sunrise, Inc.

Location: 2670 Minneman Road, Richmond, IN 47374

Phone: 765-935-4291

Email: sunrise1980@gmail.com, https:// sunriseinc.org/contact-us/

Website: https://sunriseinc.org/

Roanoke: Oak Hill Farm

Location: 4982 E Station Road, Roanoke, IN 46783

Phone: 260-672-8199






DEBrooke Equine Center, Inc. Location: 3805 E SR 244, Rushville, IN 46173

Phone: 812-593-0606

Website: https://www. equestriantherapy.com/directory/ debrooke-equine-center-inc/

Seymour: Reins to Recovery

Location: 10861 N US Highway 31, Seymour, IN 47274

Phone: 812-350-4864

Email: reinstorecovery@gmail.com

Website: https://reinstorecovery.org/

Sheridan: Reins of Grace Therapeutic Riding Center

Location: 1414 W 206th Street, Sheridan, IN 46069

Phone: 317-710-1470

Email: info@reinsofgrace.org



South Bend: Reins of Life

Location: 55200 Quince Road, South Bend, IN 46619

Phone: 574-232-0853

Email: staff@reinsoflife.org

Website: https://www.reinsoflife.org/

Zionsville: Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

Location: 7444 W. 96th Street, Zionsville, IN 46077

Phone: 317-733-9393

Email: officemanager@mdtrc.org



Check out the following resources from the American Camp Association: Follow the link at https://www. acacamps.org/. This website includes a variety of helpful information including the following services and links: Find A Camp Database: http://find. acacamps.org/

Preparing for Camp: https://www. acacamps.org/campers-families/ planning-camp/preparing-camp For additional helpful information on camps, visit the IRCA website at Making-Camps-Accessible-forAll for an article on “Making Camps Accessible for All.”

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We Are All Indispensable

1 Corinthians 12:22 is a powerful verse from the Bible that speaks to the value of every member of the body of Christ. The verse reads, “On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable” (NIV). This verse has been a source of encouragement and inspiration for Christians throughout the centuries, reminding us of the importance of valuing every member of the church, regardless of their perceived strengths or weaknesses. Let’s take a deeper look at this verse, but from a Pastor’s perspective.

At its core, 1 Corinthians 12:22 is a call to embrace diversity and recognize the value of every member of the body of Christ. In this passage, the Apostle Paul is using the metaphor of the human body to illustrate the diversity and interdependence of the church. Just as the different parts of the body work together to achieve a common goal, so too do the different members of the church have unique gifts and talents that can be used to build up the body of Christ. In this context, the “weaker” parts of the body are not necessarily inferior or less valuable. Instead, they are simply distinct, and their unique contributions are just as important as those of the “stronger” parts of the body. In fact, Paul goes so far as to say that the weaker parts of the body are “indispensable,” meaning that they are essential and cannot be done without.

This message is particularly relevant in a world that often values strength, power, and success above all else. In many societies, those who are perceived as weak or vulnerable are often marginalized or even treated with contempt. But in the kingdom of God, every member of the body has value and a vital role to play. Amen for that mindset Lord!

One of the key implications of this message is the importance of inclusion and welcoming all members of the church, regardless of their perceived strengths or weaknesses. When we prioritize certain gifts or abilities over others, we risk overlooking the unique contributions of those who may not fit our preconceived notions of what makes a valuable member of the church. I pray that you all are finding churches out there in your communities that celebrate and embrace your loved one’s unique gifts and abilities.

Another implication of 1 Corinthians 12:22 is the importance of mutual support and interdependence. Just as the different parts of the body work together to achieve a common goal, so too do the different members of the church need each other to thrive. When we recognize the value of every member of the body, we create a culture of mutual respect and support that enables everyone to use their gifts and talents to their fullest potential.

Finally, 1 Corinthians 12:22 reminds us of the importance of humility and a willingness to learn from others. When we recognize that every member of the body has something to offer, we open ourselves up to the possibility of learning from those who may not be like us in every way. This can be a powerful source of growth and transformation, as we expand our understanding of what it means to be a part of the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:22 is a powerful reminder of the value of every member of the body of Christ. By embracing diversity, recognizing the importance of inclusion and mutual support, and cultivating humility and a willingness to learn from others, we can create a culture of love, respect, and growth that enables everyone to use their gifts and talents to their fullest potential. In that version of the church and community, we all win! Blessing to you all this month!

Do you have a thought, idea or information that you would like to see in this section in an upcoming issue? Email Paul Hathcoat at phathcoat@wrcc.org.

The Hope Source

ABA, the Natural Way™a projectbased, developmental, traumaresponsive, & holistic approach to therapy for ASD

On a fall evening in 2022, the red carpet was rolled out waiting for its stars. An audience of over 250 are dressed in their best. The smell of pizza, popcorn and anticipation fill the air. Over 12 weeks of hard work culminating on this night. Pure magic on the big screen bringing forth more proud smiles and happy tears than one room could hold.


16 years ago, The Hope Source went on mission to develop an alternative to the compliance-based, rote learning methods typically used in ABA therapy for ASD. We wanted to raise the bar, there was another way. A natural way. ABA can be developmental, trauma-responsive, holistic and relationship-based.

Learning the social, emotional and executive functioning skills of the brain’s pre-frontal cortex, requires real-world experiences with a trusted guide. Intrinsic Motivation, from personal and meaningful triumphs, is the most effective “reinforcer” for developing confidence and competence in these critical areas. In addition, the chronically stressed limbic brain of those with ASD needs a mindful and responsive approach to the anxiety that comes with trying new and hard things.

How do you create these types of experiences in the therapy setting for treatment goal attainment, while ensuring authentic engagements and natural generalization and without using tangible reinforcers like food or iPads? Purpose Project.


In 2019, The Hope Source elevated our unique approach to ABA with annual, themed units with our program, Purpose Project. It is a project-based learning therapeutic curriculum involves clients working towards an exhibition at the end of a 6-12 week rotation which showcases two novel, long-

term tangible products that clients have chosen, with the supportive and conscientious planning by their Behavior Technician and their Behavior Analyst.

In Purpose Project, we developed experiences where learning is imbedded to better focus on the social-emotional and executive functioning therapy goals; including but not limited to social communication and cognition, flexible thinking and information processing, coregulation and self-regulation, joint attention, and episodic memory. To demonstrate true acquisition of a skill, the program encourages clients to apply this new personal “tool” meaningfully and generalize it to other situations in their life.

The Purpose Project utilizes a balanced approach of process-oriented intervention and genuine engagement with performance-driven outcomes and data collection. With this program, autistic clients are not “working for” an external reward, rather intrinsically motivated by their own determination and success. Clients engage in the process of solving problems in the environment or breakdown in collaboration rather than being a passive or prompt dependent participant through experiential, active learning to develop meet personal goals, learn new concepts, and explore careers, leading to long-term confidence to try other novel things.

Each Purpose Project is broken down into manageable steps, realistic timelines and age-appropriate contributions so that every client can navigate the project at their own pace, starting skill level and/or newness to The Hope Source’s Purpose Projects.

We meet them where they are so that hard days never feel like failure and too overwhelming to overcome.


Some our Purpose Projects throughout the year include; HopeTank, learning about business, invention and valuations with a pitch to the sharks; Hope500, learning about advertising, graphic design and transportation with classic boxcar and pinewood derby races, HopeChallenge, learning about health, wellness, independent living skills with field day relay races, HopeGallery, learning about agriculture and natural resources through reproductions of famous paintings or sculptures. HopeTube, learning about the arts, performing and production with a talent show.


Every Purpose Project ends with an exhibition event where families can come through the Purpose Project Expo. Clients can choose to present and share about what they created and what they learned, or their technician can lead if they want support. This is when client proudly show their families the fruit of all they have been working on for the past several weeks (and likely what they have been sharing at home). The expos give parents the opportunity to see their child get to participate and shine in “school” type events that their child might have otherwise missed in other settings.

We believe our clients deserve the same opportunities as their peers, parents deserve to see their children exceling in things others never thought possible.

In the 2022 HopeTube expo, we went big! We adapted “Going on a Bear Hunt” children’s book into a comedy, drama musical.  Our clients learned different dance genres of Ballet, Tap, HipHop, Jazz, Line Dancing, Ball Room and Contemporary to all different genres of songs. With the assistance of our Speech Pathologists, our clients learned about reading from a script, changing your voice to be a specific character, playing off another character and other acting skills. When you are learning chorography of a new dance from an instructor, you need to be able to jointly attend to monitoring their actions, co-regulate by coordinating to match their actions and self-regulate to adapt your pace to stay together with the group.

There is no greater motivator than watching yourself shine on a big screen with so many supportive people clapping for you, knowing that you began the project with uncertainty, kept trying, learned so many new things and overcame your own fears.This is how you ABA, the Natural Way.

Follow us on Facebook to see the process updates and final products of all our Purpose Projects.


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