Announcements & News

Building Bridges: Supporting families and self-advocates through engagement

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) is pleased to introduce Building Bridges. Building Bridges events are new opportunities for families and self-advocates to meet and speak with BDDS’ state staff. These sessions are an important part of the Bureau’s efforts to create direct avenues for individuals and families to share their feedback. These meetings are solely for families and individuals with disabilities to provide a forum for constructive and valuable conversations on successes, concerns, as well as suggestions or input regarding BDDS programs and services.

At each meeting state staff will provide brief updates from the Bureau as well as field questions about services and programs administered by BDDS. It is the desire of BDDS that these meetings will allow for meaningful conversations that result in positive outcomes and stronger relationships. We hope you will consider joining us!

All meetings will be from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  local time. The following is for Evansville and Southwest Indiana:

  • June 28: Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library, 200 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Evansville IN 47712

The Bureau plans to continue to offer Building Bridges events as an ongoing activity in various communities and settings across the state.  If you are unable to attend one of these scheduled events please watch for updates on new dates and locations as they are added.

The DDRS is a program of the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration. If you have questions about DDRS programs and services, visit their website at www.DDRS.In.gov.

Angie Anderson has been appointed
Vice President of Community Services.  

Angie joined our team in 2007 as an employment consultant, later assuming the role of  team leader and case manager for our Dubois county team, and most recently, leadership and support for our Job+ Employment program.   Angie is passionate in insuring full opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and we look forward to her advancement of SIRS community services through her vision.

CEO Kelly Mitchell states, “We are confident in Angie’s commitment to our mission, and we are eager to see great things happening in Dubois, Perry, Spencer, Warrick, and Vanderburgh counties under her leadership.”

The Arc of Indiana Launches New Utility Support Program For Persons With Disabilities

Hoosier families, with one or more persons with disabilities, in need of help with utility costs may be eligible to receive assistance from The Arc of Indiana’s new Utility Support Program. The program can assist with payment of utility bills, funding to reactivate or prevent disconnection of services, deposit assistance to begin services, or funding to cover past utility debt.

Click here to learn about the program’s eligibility requirementsThe Arc Logo.

The Arc of Indiana is a branch of the largest national organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of Evansville is the local branch offering services to area residents.

The Arc of Evansville empowers families with disabled members by providing them with information and resources to assist them in their journey of raising a child with a disability. Their mission is to help children with developmental disabilities to lead a full and meaningful life by providing them with the tools to be self-sufficient and independent to the greatest extent possible.

For more information about The Arc of Indiana or the Utility Support Program, call 800­.573­.9816 or email gdewilde@arcind.org.

 

spring-flowers-d23688-h900Free National Parks Pass for People with Disabilities!

Spring is here, so get out and enjoy the great outdoors! And now, people with disabilities can enjoy federal recreation sites for free.

Visit a federal recreation site, like Indiana Dunes (http://www.nps.gov/indu/) or the Lincoln Boyhood Memorial (http://www.nps.gov/libo/).  

At the site, present some documentation of disability status and ask for the free Access Pass. Documentation includes a physician’s statement, or a document issued by a State or Federal agency like the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income, Supplemental Security Income, or a vocational rehabilitation agency.

The pass gives you and three adults free admission to federal recreation sites around the country, and it’s good for life!