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5 reasons every special needs parent MUST make a resolution to get involved in lobbying and advocacy

More than ever, our kids are going to need us to step up our game in lobbying and advocacy and help them. Here are 5 reasons why every special needs parent must make a commitment to doing more lobbying and advocacy in the coming year. Everything our kids do will be under attack. Every service we rely on–from medical assistance to public education, everything is going to be under attack in the coming administration. The GOP controlled Congress has its eyes on all kinds of cuts in education and more. We are going to have to stay informed and stay vigilant about what is happening. We are going to be competing with just about every other cause out there for our legislators’ attention. As it is, concerned citizens are crashing phone systems at their legislators’ offices and crashing websites with emails all over the nation. Every cause–education, the environment, animal rights, women’s rights, immigration, health care…you name it, it’s vulnerable. People everywhere are getting mobilized to …

Action Alert: Call In Day 11/29

Join people with disabilities, our families, and advocates around the country next Wednesday, Nov. 29th, for a national call-in day to oppose the Senate’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
This bill will hurt people with disabilities. It dramatically cuts the revenue necessary to fund Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, housing, and other services that benefit people with disabilities. The $1.5 trillion cut to revenue is the “pay for” for tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans and large corporations.It eliminates tax deductions and credits that help people with disabilities work, access housing, and get medication.It repeals the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that everyone have health insurance. This will cause premiums for people with disabilities and pre-existing conditions to increase, leaving heath insurance unaffordable for millions. Help us send a loud and clear message that this legislation is unacceptable! Call the Senate switchboard at: 202-224-3121 (voice) o…

#GivingTuesday: Family Voices Indiana

We're families, too. During this giving season, we remember the people who helped us along our own journeys. We hope to make a difference for you, your children and your families. We remember how grateful we are to have the opportunity to assist and support you, and the happiness we feel when the information and guidance we give makes your lives easier.

We're sharing resources every hour today to let you know we're here for you. Won't you consider a DONATION to remind us that you're here for us, too? Every little bit counts and we can guarantee that it is used for families like yours, right here in Indiana.

We live on coffee (and other beverages), too. How about buying us a drink? Your $5 donation, monthly, would help us provide 2 hours of 1:1 support for a family.

$10 a month would allow us to have a table at an event in order to reach more families.

$25 a month would provide two hour long trainings for FREE for families.

If these options are still out of reach, we und…

#GivingTuesday: We're Here to Help

We're families, too. During this giving season, we remember the people who helped us along our own journeys. We hope to make a difference for you, your children and your families. We remember how grateful we are to have the opportunity to assist and support you, and the happiness we feel when the information and guidance we give makes your lives easier.

We're sharing resources every hour today to let you know we're here for you. Won't you consider a DONATION to remind us that you're here for us, too? Every little bit counts and we can guarantee that it is used for families like yours, right here in Indiana.

We live on coffee (and other beverages), too. How about buying us a drink? Your $5 donation, monthly, would help us provide 2 hours of 1:1 support for a family.

$10 a month would allow us to have a table at an event in order to reach more families.

$25 a month would provide two hour long trainings for FREE for families.

If these options are still out of reach, we und…

#GivingTuesday: Building Family Leaders

We're families, too. During this giving season, we remember the people who helped us along our own journeys. We hope to make a difference for you, your children and your families. We remember how grateful we are to have the opportunity to assist and support you, and the happiness we feel when the information and guidance we give makes your lives easier.

We're sharing resources every hour today to let you know we're here for you. Won't you consider a DONATION to remind us that you're here for us, too? Every little bit counts and we can guarantee that it is used for families like yours, right here in Indiana.

We live on coffee (and other beverages), too. How about buying us a drink? Your $5 donation, monthly, would help us provide 2 hours of 1:1 support for a family.

$10 a month would allow us to have a table at an event in order to reach more families.

$25 a month would provide two hour long trainings for FREE for families.

If these options are still out of reach, we und…

#GivingTuesday: Start at the Very Beginning...

We're families, too. During this giving season, we remember the people who helped us along our own journeys. We hope to make a difference for you, your children and your families. We remember how grateful we are to have the opportunity to assist and support you, and the happiness we feel when the information and guidance we give makes your lives easier.

We're sharing resources every hour today to let you know we're here for you. Won't you consider a DONATION to remind us that you're here for us, too? Every little bit counts and we can guarantee that it is used for families like yours, right here in Indiana.

We live on coffee (and other beverages), too. How about buying us a drink? Your $5 donation, monthly, would help us provide 2 hours of 1:1 support for a family.

$10 a month would allow us to have a table at an event in order to reach more families.

$25 a month would provide two hour long trainings for FREE for families.

If these options are still out of reach, we und…

#GivingTuesday: Medicaid Waivers? We've Got The Info

We're families, too. During this giving season, we remember the people who helped us along our own journeys. We hope to make a difference for you, your children and your families. We remember how grateful we are to have the opportunity to assist and support you, and the happiness we feel when the information and guidance we give makes your lives easier.

We're sharing resources every hour today to let you know we're here for you. Won't you consider a DONATION to remind us that you're here for us, too? Every little bit counts and we can guarantee that it is used for families like yours, right here in Indiana.

We live on coffee (and other beverages), too. How about buying us a drink? Your $5 donation, monthly, would help us provide 2 hours of 1:1 support for a family.

$10 a month would allow us to have a table at an event in order to reach more families.

$25 a month would provide two hour long trainings for FREE for families.

If these options are still out of reach, we und…

#GivingTuesday: FVIN Supports Family Leaders

We're families, too. During this giving season, we remember the people who helped us along our own journeys. We hope to make a difference for you, your children and your families. We remember how grateful we are to have the opportunity to assist and support you, and the happiness we feel when the information and guidance we give makes your lives easier.

We're sharing resources every hour today to let you know we're here for you. Won't you consider a DONATION to remind us that you're here for us, too? Every little bit counts and we can guarantee that it is used for families like yours, right here in Indiana.

We live on coffee (and other beverages), too. How about buying us a drink? Your $5 donation, monthly, would help us provide 2 hours of 1:1 support for a family.

$10 a month would allow us to have a table at an event in order to reach more families.

$25 a month would provide two hour long trainings for FREE for families.

If these options are still out of reach, we und…

#GivingTuesday: FVIN Newsletter

We're families, too. During this giving season, we remember the people who helped us along our own journeys. We hope to make a difference for you, your children and your families. We remember how grateful we are to have the opportunity to assist and support you, and the happiness we feel when the information and guidance we give makes your lives easier.

We're sharing resources every hour today to let you know we're here for you. Won't you consider a DONATION to remind us that you're here for us, too? Every little bit counts and we can guarantee that it is used for families like yours, right here in Indiana.

We live on coffee (and other beverages), too. How about buying us a drink? Your $5 donation, monthly, would help us provide 2 hours of 1:1 support for a family.

$10 a month would allow us to have a table at an event in order to reach more families.

$25 a month would provide two hour long trainings for FREE for families.

If these options are still out of reach, we und…

#GivingTuesday: FVIN Social Media

We're families, too. During this giving season, we remember the people who helped us along our own journeys. We hope to make a difference for you, your children and your families. We remember how grateful we are to have the opportunity to assist and support you, and the happiness we feel when the information and guidance we give makes your lives easier.

We're sharing resources every hour today to let you know we're here for you. Won't you consider a DONATION to remind us that you're here for us, too? Every little bit counts and we can guarantee that it is used for families like yours, right here in Indiana.

We live on coffee (and other beverages), too. How about buying us a drink? Your $5 donation, monthly, would help us provide 2 hours of 1:1 support for a family.

$10 a month would allow us to have a table at an event in order to reach more families.

$25 a month would provide two hour long trainings for FREE for families.

If these options are still out of reach, we und…

#GivingTuesday: FVIN Blog

We're families, too. During this giving season, we remember the people who helped us along our own journeys. We hope to make a difference for you, your children and your families. We remember how grateful we are to have the opportunity to assist and support you, and the happiness we feel when the information and guidance we give makes your lives easier.

We're sharing resources every hour today to let you know we're here for you. Won't you consider a DONATION to remind us that you're here for us, too? Every little bit counts and we can guarantee that it is used for families like yours, right here in Indiana.

We live on coffee (and other beverages), too. How about buying us a drink? Your $5 donation, monthly, would help us provide 2 hours of 1:1 support for a family.

$10 a month would allow us to have a table at an event in order to reach more families.

$25 a month would provide four hour long trainings for FREE for families.

If these options are still out of reach, we un…

#GivingTuesday: FVIN Trainings

We're families, too. During this giving season, we remember the people who helped us along our own journeys. We hope to make a difference for you, your children and your families. We remember how grateful we are to have the opportunity to assist and support you, and the happiness we feel when the information and guidance we give makes your lives easier.

We're sharing resources every hour today to let you know we're here for you. Won't you consider a DONATION to remind us that you're here for us, too? Every little bit counts and we can guarantee that it is used for families like yours, right here in Indiana.

We live on coffee (and other beverages), too. How about buying us a drink? Your $5 donation, monthly, would help us provide 2 hours of 1:1 support for a family.

$10 a month would allow us to have a table at an event in order to reach more families.

$25 a month would provide two hour long trainings for FREE for families.

If these options are still out of reach, we und…

#GivingTuesday: FVIN Fact Sheets

We're families, too. During this giving season, we remember the people who helped us along our own journeys. We hope to make a difference for you, your children and your families. We remember how grateful we are to have the opportunity to assist and support you, and the happiness we feel when the information and guidance we give makes your lives easier.

We're sharing resources every hour today to let you know we're here for you. Won't you consider a DONATION to remind us that you're here for us, too? Every little bit counts and we can guarantee that it is used for families like yours, right here in Indiana.

We live on coffee (and other beverages), too. How about buying us a drink? Your $5 donation, monthly, would help us provide 2 hours of 1:1 support for a family.

$10 a month would allow us to have a table at an event in order to reach more families.

$25 a month would provide two hour long trainings for FREE for families.

If these options are still out of reach, we und…

#GivingTuesday: The FVIN Website

We're families, too. During this giving season, we remember the people who helped us along our own journeys. We hope to make a difference for you, your children and your families. We remember how grateful we are to have the opportunity to assist and support you, and the happiness we feel when the information and guidance we give makes your lives easier.

We're sharing resources every hour today to let you know we're here for you. Won't you consider a DONATION to remind us that you're here for us, too? Every little bit counts and we can guarantee that it is used for families like yours, right here in Indiana.

We live on coffee (and other beverages), too. How about buying us a drink? Your $5 donation, monthly, would help us provide 2 hours of 1:1 support for a family.

$10 a month would allow us to have a table at an event in order to reach more families.

$25 a month would provide two hour long trainings for FREE for families.

If these options are still out of reach, we und…

Let's Talk about Tax Policy: Really.

by Rylin Rodgers

Too often, policy, tax and budget debates are framed in terms of winners and losers at the program, department, budget line, and income group or business level. For our families this is not wonky abstraction, it is real life, woven into every part of our days. Families raising children who have special health care needs and disabilities are impacted every day by services related to health care, education, housing, nutrition and transportation. In these debates, a child growing up with a complex health care need or disability is the real winner – and, frankly, too often the loser. The tax debate, and the coming year end budget showdown, combined with the now ever-present debate about America’s health care system, may provide the best opportunity in recent memory to see the world of systems through the experience of families.

Medicaid cuts found both in the tax and budget bills could end access to home- and community-based waivers that are so critical to adequate coverage…

Tax Plan Would Hurt Hoosier Families

INovember 27, 2017 - Veronica Carter, Public News Service (IN)

INDIANAPOLIS – A coalition representing 25 different groups in Indiana is speaking out against a congressional tax plan that could be approved this week. 

The Indiana Coalition for Human Services says the plan being considered by the U.S. Senate would likely force deep cuts to programs that expand economic opportunity and provide no benefit to most low-income Hoosiers. 

Andrew Bradley, A senior policy analyst with Indiana Institute for Working Families, says the plan is being sold as tax relief for Indiana's middle class and working families, but it will actually result in an increase for a majority of Hoosiers while giving breaks to out of state millionaires, corporations and foreign investors. 

"The wealthiest 1 percent in Indiana get about $5,000 in cuts while the bottom 60 percent see somewhere around a $140 tax hike,” he points out. “And part of that calculation is that this plan would take away health coverage f…

Have Lunch with Us and Learn More about IN programs

We're hosting a series of FREE webinars each month to help families and professionals learn more about systems and services in Indiana.

We hope you'll join us!

Links to the online webinar will be posted prior to the event. They'll take place at Click Meeting and will be archived.

All Webinars are at 12p ET and will last approx 30 minutes, with time for Q&A

Dec 14 About Family Voices Indiana

Jan 11 Early Intervention 

Feb 8 Medicaid Waivers

Mar 8 Medicaid Waivers in Spanish

Apr 12 Care Coordination Tools

May 10 Transition Timeline