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DDRS communication:sheltered work

TO: Consumers, Families, Providers and Advocates

FROM: Peter Bisbecos, DDRS Director

DATE: February 1, 2008

RE: Sheltered Work



It has come to my attention that there is a rumor being spread that the State is planning to limit, or eliminate, sheltered work. Let me be clear—this rumor is false.

While it is not my practice to address rumors and speculation, I feel we must address this issue based on numerous emails and calls expressing fear and frustration on this subject. I am deeply concerned that this particular rumor is causing distress to the many people who rely on sheltered work and their families.

The origins of this rumor rest with a conversation that the State began with some providers and advocates regarding the future of day programs, including sheltered work. Our intent is to ensure flexibility, opportunity and maximum use of funds so that we may serve more people with the money entrusted to us by the Indiana Legislature. Part of that discussion incl…

Organization Article 7 Position Paper Signers

• Autism Society of Indiana
• IN*SOURCE
• The Arc of Indiana
• Learning Disabilities Association of Indiana
• About Special Kids
• Reliable Alliance In Special Education, Inc
• National Alliance on Mental Illness of Indiana
• Indiana Hands & Voices
• Down Syndrome Family Support and Advocacy Group
• ATTIC, Inc.
• The Fifth Freedom Network
• Governor's Council for People with Disabilities
• H.E.L.P. Our Kids
• Hamilton County Autism Support Group
• Autism/Asperger Family Support
• HBM Choices
• Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Autism Association
• NICE
• Power Program
• Indianapolis Special Needs Moms Writing Group
• Better Than Ordinary
• Children's Mental Health Advocacy Project
• Applied Behavior Center of IN for autism
• Philpot Law Office LLC
• The Curlin Law Office
• Family Action Network of Lake County
• Families Reaching for Rainbows, Inc

Individual Article 7 Position Paper Signers

David Tremain
Parent
Fort Wayne
Allen County

Christopher Mann
Parent
Fort Wayne
Allen County

Stanley and Connie Campbell
Parents
Fort Wayne
Allen County

David and Rylin Rodgers
Parents
Lebanon
Boone County

Matthew and Alishia Mackinnon
Parents
Lebanon
Boone County

Kathleen M. Fon M.S., R.Ph
Parent
Zionsville
Boone County

Bret D. Hine and Leslie M. Hine
Parents
Lebanon
Boone County

Debra S. Easterday
Parent
Zionsville
Boone County

Julie Schulte
Audiologist
Zionsville
Boone County

Jan Bullington
Parent
Zionsville
Boone County
Brenda Sue Ooley
Parent
Borden
Clark

Brent and Sonya Hedge
Parents
Jeffersonville
Clark County

Kelly & Lee Benjamin
Parents
Sellersburg
Clark County

Jeff Duell
Parent
Brazil
Clay County

Amy Duell R.N.
Parent
Brazil, IN
Clay County

Aurora Mary Hillman
Grandparent
Frankfort
Clinton County

Autumn Rose Hillman
Parent
Frankfort
Clinton County

Stephanie Richards
Parent
Oakville
Delaware County

Debbie McCoy
Parent
Daleville
Delaware County

Karla Townsend MA, LMHC, NCC
Parent and Behavioral Clinician
Muncie
Delaware County

Dara Ann O'Neil