Since 1956, The Arc of Indiana has been working to empower children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There are 43 chapters in Indiana and 30,000 members, with tens of thousands more nationwide. The goals of this non-profit organization are to empower, inspire and educate. The Arc aims to encourage self-sufficiency, independence and speaking up for public policy and legislation. Regardless of age, The Arc offers a range of assistance, helping families access resources needed. Here are a few ways families can get involved or benefit from the Arc’s numerous programs. Educational Support For parents of children 3 and older, The Arc of Indiana can assist families during testing diagnosis. They can also help families access programs available to toddlers through First Steps and the public school system. As the child gets into grade school, children can receive help through an Individualized Education Program (IEP), and the Arc offers steps and videos to learn more. Transitions When a teen or young adult ages out of the public school system (age 22), The Arc Advocacy Network can help families get in touch with those that help with transition planning. Seeking additional education, employment, independent or supported living opportunities can be stressful and leave many questioning the next step. To help with this transition, The Arc created the first postsecondary vocational training program of its kind in Indiana. Erskine Green Training Institute in Muncie, Indiana, provides training experience in 10 to 13 week sessions, where students learn job skills and gain work experience. Adults Through the Self-Advocates of Indiana program, adults with special needs can learn about state and federal programs, Medicaid waivers and financial planning for future support. Education for All Learn more about The Arc of Indiana by visiting their website at arcind.org. Visitors will find many resources for staying connected with the community, organizations that focus on inclusion and support, and information about the local Arc chapter in their area.