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HANDS in Autism® offers a wide range of service, training, and outreach options to best meet the needs of individuals (and those who care for or work with individuals) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities. While HANDS has a variety of longstanding offerings, two salient initiatives that we are actively involved in and are facilitating are the following:

We realize that navigating these systems as well as others can be overwhelming. In order for our HANDS team and partners to best support individuals, families, providers, and communities statewide as they learn to navigate life with ASD or a related disability, we wanted to make the services and offerings to them more widely known and understood. 

To accomplish this, we reached out to organizations and asked directors and professionals to share about the noted service or program they oversee or facilitate in order to support awareness of, access to, advocacy for, and/or navigation within as individuals, families, and teams statewide are connected. Hear what they had to say below.

Category: Advocacy


Special Education Parent Support

Indiana 211

Connecting you with professionals in mental health & addiction, health care, housing assistance, tax assistance, food & clothing, education & employment, and more

Category: Education

The Arc

Learn to navigate the Special Education system through this online, self-paced course.

The Indiana Education Scholarship Account Program (INESA)

INESA, managed by the state treasurer’s office, will allow eligible parents/guardians to establish an education scholarship account (ESA) that can be used for their child’s education expenses.

Category: Evaluation

Indiana Dept. of Education and Indiana IEP Resource Center

Video Series: Simulated Intake for Parent Referral for Preschool Evaluation

Category: Insurance

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Benefits from the Social Security Administration are important considerations for people with developmental disabilities. This guide is intended to provide information to beneficiaries of either SSI, SSDI, or the individual assisting the beneficiary as a Representative Payee.


Category: Savings

Indiana ABLE

INvestABLE Indiana helps individuals save, while preserving their SSI and Medicaid.

Category: Pre-ETS

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Employment services program for Indiana students in transition (ages 14-21) and adults with disabilities

The Arc of Indiana

On oversight of delivery of Pre-Employment Transition Services

Category: Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Indiana VR Services by The Arc of Indiana

What to expect with VR

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services

This short video describes the VR process, eligibility, and the services VR can provide if you need some help to learn new skills, find a job, or start a career.