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Media Scholarship for Youth

The American Association of People with Disabilities offers eight NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarships for the Fall semester of 2021. High school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing careers in media, communications, or entertainment industries may  apply . Deadline is  May 20 .

Indiana launches Build, Learn, Grow initiative to help working families connect to early care and education

  50,000 scholarships are available immediately in support of Hoosier workers and their children INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced the  Build, Learn, Grow  initiative, which is making 50,000 scholarships available to help connect Hoosier children from working families to high-quality early education and out-of-school-time programs. The scholarships will be funded by more than $101 million provided to Indiana by the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, or CRRSA. Through the  Build, Learn, Grow  scholarship fund, Hoosier families working in essential industries with qualifying incomes can receive scholarships for each child age 12 and younger toward their early care and education, summer learning or out-of-school care. Scholarships run from May through October 2021 and will cover 80% of the early care and education program’s tuition. Information is available at  www.BuildLearnGrow.org . “Access to high

LifeCourse Ambassador Series opportunity for self-advocates and supporters of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Bureau of Quality Improvement Services believe that a true person-centered system measures a service or program by its ability to achieve quality, person-centered outcomes for the individuals being supported. We also recognize that self-advocates play a key role in advocating for their vision of a good life by learning how to utilize choice, control and integration for the services they receive. To better support implementation of person-centered principles in service delivery, BQIS and BDDS, in partnership with The University of Missouri–Kansas City, is offering a Self-Advocates and Supporter Charting the LifeCourse ambassador series for self-advocates. (registrants must register in pairs). What is an Ambassador Series?  All Charting the LifeCourse Ambassador Series are designed to provide training, professional development, and implementation coaching to support individuals in achieving their good life and navigating services/

IDOI Promotes Marketplace Enrollment

  From  Covering Kids & Families of Indiana The Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) has released their  I ndiana Department of Insurance Open Enrollment Fact Sheet  web page, providing information on tools such as the  Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator  developed by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Also provided are links to help find an Indiana Navigator and other tips regarding the process of signing up for Marketplace coverage. Read the Factsheet

Case Management Innovation initiative launches with Request For Services

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services is excited to share new information related to the Medicaid home- and community-based waiver redesign project. During the waiver redesign process, we received feedback that improvements are needed in case management training and consistency, and that this should be addressed separately from other waiver services. With these identified needs and available approaches, we have started an initiative known as Case Management Innovation. This initiative starts with a request for services, which has been officially announced (at the link below) for the delivery of waiver case management services on the Community Integration and Habilitation waiver, and Family Supports waiver. Request For Services (RFS) announcement :  https://fs.gmis.in.gov/psc/ guest/SUPPLIER/ERP/c/SCP_ PUBLIC_MENU_FL.SCP_PUB_BID_ CMP_FL.GBL?&    (see “RFS 22-67778 Case Management Services”) This RFS is released as a part of BDDS’ ongoing work with the waiver redesign ven

LifeCourse Ambassador Series opportunity for families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Bureau of Quality Improvement Services believe that a true person-centered system measures a service or program by its ability to achieve quality, person-centered outcomes for the individuals being supported. We also recognize that family members of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities play a key role in helping them achieve their good life by facilitating choice, control and integration. To better support implementation of person-centered principles in service delivery, BQIS and BDDS, in partnership with The University of Missouri–Kansas City, is offering two separate family leaders Charting the LifeCourse ambassador for family members of individuals with I/DD. What is an Ambassador Series?  All Charting the LifeCourse Ambassador Series are designed to provide training, professional development, and implementation coaching to support individuals in achieving their good life and navigating services/suppor

On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2021-2022 school year now available statewide

Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning is now accepting applications from families statewide who may be eligible for grants for their children to receive free, high-quality, pre-kindergarten education through the On My Way Pre-K program for the 2021-2022 school year. Information about the program and the link to apply can be found at   OnMyWayPreK.org . For the 2021-2022 school year, a child is eligible for an On My Way Pre-K voucher if they will be 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2021, and plan to start kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year. An eligible child must live in a household with income below  127% of the federal poverty level  and have parents or guardians who are working, going to school, attending job training or searching for employment. A limited number of vouchers will be available for children who will be 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2021, live in a household with income up to  185% of the federal poverty level ,  and have: A parent/guardian who is working

Emergency Broadband Benefit

  The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application. You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting   www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit , or by calling 833-511-0311   

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Seeking Parents of Students with Special Education Needs Focus Group Participants

  Having trouble viewing this email?  Click here Seeking Parents of Students with Special Education Needs Focus Group Participants! The CDC Foundation is seeking participants for a focus group with parents of students with special education needs scheduled for Wednesday, May 26 th  from 7:00pm to 8:30pm ET. The goal of the focus group is to help the CDC Foundation learn about the experience of students with special education needs and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations for consideration for engaging in school activities for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year.   The discussions will take no more than 1.5 hours and will be recorded only to make sure our notes are correct. The recording will not be shared outside of this project. All participants' information will be combined and reported out without the use of names. Taking part in the focus group is optional. If you choose to participate, you may choose to skip questions during the discussion. Your nam

Mental Health Mondays-Accepting Reality

May is Mental Health Month.  Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.  Each Monday in May, we are going to share topics and tips from Mental Health America . Accepting Reality by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd