Local Special Needs Resources

Our Mission: The Arc of Indiana is committed to all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realizing their goals of learning, living, working and fully participating in the community.

107 N. Pennsylvania St.
Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-977-2375
Toll Free: 800-382-9100

114 East Streeter Avenue 
Muncie, IN 47303
Phone: 765-284-4166

About Meridian

Meridian Health Services is a progressive healthcare organization specializing in “whole person” health, integrating physical, mental and social well-being. The focus on a broader spectrum of health including primary medical care, behavioral health and human services offers a well-rounded approach for happier, healthier patients. Meridian Health Services has been serving the community for over 35 years and is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions.

240 N. Tillotson Avenue 
Muncie, IN 47304
Phone: 765-288-1928

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), a program of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), provides quality individualized services to enhance and support people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain or retain employment. The individual will work closely with a VR Counselor throughout the process. Through active participation in their rehabilitation, people with disabilities achieve a greater level of independence in their work place and living environments.

201 E. Charles Street, Suite 130
Muncie, IN 47305-2434
Phone: 765-282-9863
Toll Free: 1-877-847-9890 (V/VRS/711)

The Indiana Governor's Council is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Our mission is to promote public policy which leads to the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research and advocacy.

The Council is consumer-driven and is charged with determining how the service delivery system in both the public and private sectors can be most responsive to people with disabilities. The Council receives and disseminates federal funds to support innovative programs that are visionary, influence public policy, empower individuals and families and advocate systems change.

Board members of the Council are appointed by the Governor and 60% must be people with disabilities or their family members.

150 W Market St.
Suite #628
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-232-7770

Mission

To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, offering them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Vision

To empower people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential and develop their skills through year-round sports training and competition. As a result, Special Olympics athletes become fulfilled and productive members of their families and the communities in which they live. Special Olympics is an experience that is energizing, healthy, skillful, welcoming and joyful.

6200 Technology Center Dr.
Suite #105
Indianapolis, In 46278
Phone: 317-328-2000

When people with disabilities are unable to attain or maintain a job, it is most often due to an absence of social skills, rather than an inability to perform the work required. Best Buddies® offers participants socialization and leadership opportunities, as well as job coaching, thereby providing the necessary tools for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to become more independent and more included in the community.

Each March, Disability Awareness Month is celebrated throughout Indiana. And given that adults and children with disabilities represent slightly more than 19 percent of Indiana’s population, disability awareness is important for all of us. Led by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, the goal of Disability Awareness Month is to increase awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities. The Council develops a unique theme for this annual event and produces campaign materials that are available free of charge to Hoosiers who want to help make a difference.

From their website: "Our mission is to work with communities to welcome, value, and support the meaningful participation of people of all ages and abilities through research, education, and service."

Additional Special Needs Resources
  • Legal Resources for Special Needs
    When it comes to identifying vulnerable populations in our community, some of the more overlooked groups are the elderly and disabled. Many people consider the poor or the young to be venerable, but those who are elderly and those who are struggling with physical or cognitive disabilities are also quite vulnerable. Yet the laws surrounding the elderly and disabled in our population are often poorly understood. This is unfortunate, because these two groups of people make up a significant part of our population, and most likely someone you are close to could fall into one of these categories.
     
  • Keeping Disabled Persons Safe While Remodeling
     This comprehensive guide has been designed to provide safety best practices for seniors, disabled adults, and their caregivers to help them safely navigate construction sites. Also, it outlines the ADA’s recommended construction zone safety standards. If a worst-case scenario occurs, and you or a loved one is injured in a construction zone, this guide also offers actionable advice for how to react and respond.
     
  • Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child can Thrive
    When your child is disabled, whether because of the way they were born or after an accident or injury, you instantly turn from simply a parent to an advocate. It's your job to give your child the best possible start in life, embracing the different abilities so your child can thrive. However, sometimes this is difficult to do in a traditional home layout. If your child, for example, is in a wheelchair, and you have narrow hallways, then getting around your home may be difficult, if not impossible. Home modifications can help you make your home into a place where your child is safe, comfortable and thriving. At HomeCity, we want to help you with the process of modifying your home. Here are some tips to make it a little easier.
     
  • Teacher Resources for Special Needs
    Inform yourself about curriculum strategies and classroom management for students with different learning needs. We have resources on everything you need to know about teaching special needs students effectively. You'll find information for teaching students with ADHD, Autism, Asperger's, Giftedness, and Handicaps. We'll help you figure out ways to create an inclusive classroom, adapt and supplement your classroom materials, make assessment accommodations, and provide you with other useful tips.
     
  • Disaster Preparedness for Special Needs
    When disaster strikes, our first instinct is to check in with our loved ones and make sure they’re okay. But if your loved one is a senior or has a disability, you can’t afford to wait to “check in” — timing is everything during an emergency, and you need to buy them as much time as possible to react independently. You should create an emergency preparedness guide to keep them safe and accessible even as a crisis is unfolding.
     
  • Home Accommodations for Special Needs
    This guide was designed to provide a thorough understanding of the latest smart home technology, and suggestions for specific software and devices that can be incorporated into a home to accommodate each of seven of the most common types of disabilities: hearing difficulty, vision difficulty, speech/language difficulty, cognitive difficulty or memory loss, ambulatory difficulty, arthritis, and self-care/independent living difficulty.
     
  • Disability Resources from the Department of Labor
    If you are looking for information to promote an inclusive workforce and increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, please visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) homepage. To find additional disability information, we recommend using publicly available search engines and visiting the following links.
     
  • Tips for Disabled Persons to Declutter and Organize their Home
    For seniors and disabled adults who want to remain in their homes, a decluttered and well-organized living space is essential to personal safety and well-being. This guide was designed for seniors, disabled adults, and their caregivers, to offer a room-by-room decluttering and organizing resource. Review the recommendations and best practices in this guide, and plan your own home organization project. By taking a proactive approach to maintaining a clean and tidy home, you and your loved one can live with confidence for as long as possible in home sweet home.
     
  • Financial Planning for Special Needs
    Some senior adults need a bit of help and care, but when a senior has a special need, the level of care increases significantly. With the right resources, you can create a plan of care that will ensure your loved one’s needs – from health care through financial – are well met throughout their retirement years.Unfortunately, most available programs specialize either in special needs or advanced age. Our goal is to provide you with a master list of resources that you can tap into to find solutions for your loved ones.
Muncie Public Library would like to the thank the community for giving us these additional resources!
Voting & Citizenship Information

Many of us want to know that our voices are heard by our local governing agencies. One of the best ways is to vote.  Another way to participate is to become more knowledgeable about different governing organizations, and what they do. The information on this page will help you do both.

Information About Voting

Do I need to fill out some kind of paperwork to be able to vote?

Yes. In order to vote, you will need to fill out a Voter Registration form. That can be found here: http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2403.htm

I want to vote in an upcoming election. Where can I learn about what the candidates stand for, and what they believe? 

The League of Women Voters maintains a list of all current elected officials at federal, state, and local levels (as related to Delaware County and Muncie). You can get contact information from these officials in order to ask them questions yourself:  http://munciedelaware.in.lwvnet.org/index.html 

I’ve decided who I want to vote for. How do I figure out where I’m supposed to go to vote?

This website will help you find your correct voting precinct. It is important to know your precinct so that you can vote: http://www.IndianaVoters.com (click on "Find a Polling Location") 

The League of Women Voters maintains helpful information on voting. They also explain where to go for absentee voting: http://munciedelaware.in.lwvnet.org/elections.html#voting

Information About Muncie/Delaware County’s Local Government

I want to know how I can contact my local governing officials, like the Mayor, Clerk, City/County Council, etc.

For Muncie: http://cityofmuncie.com/ (scroll to the bottom for links)

For Delaware County: http://www.co.delaware.in.us/

I need to find informational documents, such as forms, reports, or miscellaneous applications, from the city of Muncie

This is the master list of documents available on the City of Muncie website. If you are looking for a permit or application, you might try looking here: http://www.cityofmuncie.com/public-documents-forms-muncie.htm

I want to report an issue or concern to my local government, or learn more about what my local government is doing. Where can I go to do that?

For the City of Muncie:

For Delaware County:

Can you tell me anything about taxes in Delaware County? How are they collected? Where do they go?   
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