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Build, Learn, Grow initiative to help working families – regardless of income - connect to early care and education

50,000 scholarships are available to support of Hoosier essential workers and their children The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration  Build, Learn, Grow  initiative, has made 50,000 scholarships available to help get Hoosier children from families working in essential industries – regardless of income - enrolled in early care and education, summer learning or out-of-school care. Scholarships run from May through October 2021 and will cover up to 80% of the early care and education program’s tuition for each child age 12 and younger. Information is available at  www.BuildLearnGrow.org . For families to qualify for  Build, Learn, Grow  scholarships, an adult in the household must work in an essential business (examples include health care, human services, retail, restaurant and food service, essential infrastructure, media, manufacturing and logistics, religious and charitable organizations and many others). Income guidelines are outlined  here.  Families will qualify for T

Registration is LIVE for Family Voices IN's 5th Annual Heart to Heart Conference

The 2021 Heart to Heart Conference is virtual again this year. Heart to Heart was created to provide families and those caring for or serving children or youth with special healthcare needs or disabilities information in language they can understand. As parents of children with special health care needs, we understand the unique challenges you face and consider Heart to Heart an extension of the one-on-one support we provide families across Indiana. The live keynote presentation and 12 breakout sessions will take place Thursday, September 30, 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Join us for some or all presentations. Registration is officially open! Register today: https://whova.com/portal/registration/hthc_202101/ Keynote Speaker Sue Badeau, will start the day speaking about self-care, followed by 12 unique sessions covering topics like Preparing for an Inpatient Stay, Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases, Transition to Adulthood, and so much more! Questions? Feel free to contact us at conference@fvindiana.o

COVID-19 vaccination locations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hoosiers, ages 12 and over

Walgreens is partnering with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hoosiers, ages 12 and over, at eight locations around the state. Interpreters will be provided. Dates and registration information is listed below and for additional information please click here:  https://on.in.gov/2d7zh At the locations listed below the  first shot is on June 10, 2021,  and the  second shot is on July 1, 2021. Greater Indianapolis Deaf Club, 1917 E. 46th Street, Indianapolis, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EDT   Click here to register  Madison County Deaf Club, 750 East Broadway, Ingalls, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. EDT  Click here to register  Tradewinds Services, Inc., 2301 E. 83rd Place, Merrillville, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. CDT  Click here to register  The League for the Blind & Disabled, 5821 S. Anthony Blvd., Ft. Wayne, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. EDT  Click here to register  Sycamore Services at Walgreen, 710 N. St. Joseph Ave., Evansville, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CDT  Click here to

INSAR Institute 2021: Autism and Intersectionality

  June 17 - July 21 Registration Now Open! The 2021 six-week webinar series will focus on understanding autism research and autistic people’s experiences across multiple identities and groups (i.e., race, gender, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, culture, poverty). Each presentation will consider autism research and autistic experiences from an intersectional perspective. Presentations will be followed by Q&A with the expert presenter(s). Seminars are designed for students, post-doctoral fellows, early-career investigators, families, service providers and people with autism and their families. Registration is free and available worldwide to those interested in autism research. Schedule * All times listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Thursday, June 17th, 2:00 PM The Role of Culture on Autism Diagnosis and Treatment Presenter: Angelina Kakooza-Mwesige Thursday, June 24th, 6:00 PM Central Elements between Intersectionality, Autism & Gender: The Research in 2021 Presenters: We

Scholarship Applications Due June 30, 2021! Graduating high school seniors with CP - apply now!

      Scholarships are available to assist a graduating senior with cerebral palsy in his or her academic efforts to pursue further education or training at a recognized educational or training institution. The Book-Coleman Scholarship was initiated in 1994 with the resources of two memorial funds established in memory of William H. Book and Julian D. Coleman, both of Indianapolis. Mr. Book’s mother, Margaret and Mr. Coleman were long-time members of the Board of Directors of UCPAIndy. The Foster and Irma Dow Scholarships were established in 2006 with the proceeds of a donation from the estates of Foster and Irma Dow of Whitley County.   View Scholarship Application

HHS Launches Hotline to Improve Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for People with Disabilities

From  Administration for Community Living Today, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the launch of a first-of-its-kind national hotline to connect people with disabilities to information and services to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines. The  Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL)  is now available to help people with disabilities find vaccination locations in their communities, assist callers with making vaccination appointments, and connect callers to local services – such as accessible transportation – to overcome barriers to vaccination. The hotline also can provide information and resources to answer questions and address concerns about the vaccines and can connect callers to information and services that promote independent living and address fundamental needs, such as food, housing, and transportation. DIAL is operated as a collaboration between a consortium of organizations serving people with disabilities and the National Association of Area Agencies on Agi

SSA Begins Offering In-Person “Express Interviews” at Local Offices

From Justice in Aging On May 28, 2021, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began offering “express interviews” (EXI) at its field offices and Social Security card centers nationwide . According to the  Emergency Message released on implementation of the EXI process , “EXIs are brief interviews, lasting approximately 5-7 minutes, which allow eligible individuals to apply for an original or replacement Social Security Number (SSN) card and submit necessary evidence in person.” This new procedure comes after a  Senate Committee on Finance hearing in late April  about how the pandemic has hampered access to Social Security benefits and services. While this initiative is primarily intended to assist those who need a new or replacement SSN card, EXI appointments are also available for those who need to submit original documents to SSA in establishing their eligibility in a claim for benefits, as well as other purposes. Notably, EXIs are available for people who “are unable or unwilling