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Profile: About Special Kids

About Special Kids (ASK) is a parent-centered Indiana organization that works to connect families of children with disabilities to the resources they need.  Their mission is to support children with special needs and their families by providing information, peer support, and education, and building partnerships with professionals and communities. 

ASK maintains a fantastic Resource Directory for parents, and can connect you with most any type of advocate, physician or resource you can imagine.  They also provide Parent Liasons, who are trained and experienced parents of children with special needs.  These Liasons work to train families how to identify their family's needs and community resources that are available to help.  ASK also provides a number of publications to the public, including basic handouts and guides. 

ASK participates in many special projects, including the Indiana Parent Education Project, which not only provides education, information and referral sources to families but also provides follow-up services, the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative, which provides community learning experiences to pediatric residents in the Indiana University medical education program, Indiana's Family to Family Health Care Information and Education Center, which works to improve access to timely and accurate health care financing options for families, the MCO Project, which provides intensive services to families in conjunction with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, and Family to Family/First Steps, which is a joint effort with Indiana University to provide assistance to parents of children aged 0-3 who have special needs.

ASK also sponsors many different type of trainings for parents and professionals.  Past topics include Roadmap to Special Education:  Laws and Process, Public Health Insurance:  What You Don't Know Can Cost You, What Every Parent Wants You To Know, and Family to Family Training.

Contact : About Special Kids, 7275 Shadeland Ave., Suite 1, Indianapolis, IN 46250
Telephone:  317-257-8683
Toll Free: 1-800-964-4746
Fax: 317-251-7488
familynetw@aboutspecialkids.org

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