Resources

Alan I. Rosenblatt,MD - (Specialist in Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics
            ● A Special Pediatrician for Special Kids and their Families
            ● Website:  www.doctorrosenblatt.com  or call  (847) 677-1818

ASK-About Special Kids
ASK supports and helps families of children with special needs find resources and information to help their children.  ASK offers trainings to help caregivers access resources they need to help their child.
Website:  www.aboutspecialkids.org  or call (800) 964-4746

Autism Speaks
            ● Advocacy organization, dedicated to funding causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism
            ● Website:  www.autismspeaks.org  or  call (888) 288-4762

Autism Support Group for South Lake County
● Provides support to families in south Lake County raising children on the autism spectrum. 
 
Behavior Specialists of Indiana
 BSI specializes in the treatment of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, anxiety, attention deficits, and conduct disorders. 
 Website:  www.bsitherapy.com  or call (219) 462-6705

Chasing Dreams
 Nonprofit Down Syndrome awareness, support and educational center for children, teens and their families
 Website:  www.chasingdreamsinc.org  or call (219)-299-9049

Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS)
 Program provides supplemental medical coverage to help families of children who have serious, chronic medical conditions, age birth to 21 years of age, who meet the program's financial and medical criteria, pay for treatment related to their child's condition.
 Website:  www.in.gov/isdh/19613.htm  or call  (800) 475-1355

Club Wonder
● Provides support for all families raising children with special needs.  Meet 2nd Tuesday each month, 6:30pm at Opportunity Enterprises and also coordinate other activities, including Music and Young Athletes. 
 
Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Indiana
● Provides for families raising children with Down Syndrome and to all children with developmental disabilities.  Have various events, including monthly Arts Abound and Mom's Book Club.
● Website:  www.dsaofnwi.org
Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana NWI Support Group
            ● Contact:  June Sanow for more information at 219-670-8358 or email her at sayno@aol.com
 
Family Action Network
● For families that have children with an emotional disability.  Meet 2nd Thursday of the month, from 6-8pm at 7235 Calumet Avenue, Hammond, IN.  Call 219-933-1700 or
●Email:  fanlc@sbcglobal.net for more information.
Family Voices
            ● Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and /or disabilities
            ● Website:  www.familyvoices.org  or  call (888) 835-566

H.O.P.E (Hispanic Organization of Parents of Exceptional children)
● For all families raising children with special needs.  Meet in East Chicago on the 3rd Saturday at 1:00pm (call for location and time changes).
●Contact:  Sonia Reeves at 219-433-2886 or Ofelia Jimenez at 219-256-9210
Indiana Department of Education Division of Special Education
            ● Information on Special Education
            ● Porter County Special Education - call  (219) 464-9607

Indiana First Steps
 Indiana First Steps system provides early Intervention services to infants and young children (0-3) with disabilities or who are developmentally vulnerable
 Call  (219) 662-7790

Innovations in Learning
For all families raising a child with a disability.  Various topics and speakers.  Meet 4th Tuesday, 6:00pm at 8200 Georgia Street, Merrillville.  Child care is available.
            ● Call 219-791-1400 for more information
INFEAT (Indiana Families for the Effective Autism Treatment)
            ● For families raising children with Autism
            ● Website:  www.infeat.org
IN*SOURCE
            ● The Indiana Resource Center for families with Special Needs.
            ● Website:  www.insource.org   or call (800) 332-4433

IPIN
            ● Program supporting children with special needs and their families by providing information, peer support and education, and building partnerships with professionals.
            ● Call  (800) 964-4746

Kelly Price-Special Education Independent Consultant
            ●She is available for consultations, IEP reviews, and to attend Case Conference Committee meetings
            ● Website:  www.indianaparentadvote.com   or Email:  kprice@indianaparentadvocate.com
            Tel:  219-678-Kids (5437)

Life Strategies Therapy Services
 Life Strategies offers behavioral therapy to treat a variety of issues ranging from child conduct concerns to improving developmental skills. In-home ABA programs are        supervised by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).
  Website:  www.life-strategies.net  or call (219) 359-3272
                       
M.A.A.P
            ● Provides support for families raising children with Asperger's or high-functioning Autism.
● For information, contact info@aspergersyndrome.org or call 219-662-1311 (Mon-Thurs 9am to 3pm CST).  Mailing address:  P.O. Box 524, Crown Point, IN.  46308

Northwest Indiana Autism Association
For families raising children with Autism.  Meet 3rd Thursday, 7pm at Indiana Wesleyan, 8415 Georgia Street, Merrillville.
            ● Website:  http://northwestindianaautism.com
 
Parents as Teachers
Provides information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
 Website:  www.parentsasteachers.org

Ruby Slippers Counseling
Rebecca Whited LMHC, provides comprehensive counseling services for children and families who are in need of assistance to improve their lives and relationships.
 Email:  RubySlippersCounseling@gmail.com or tel:  219-707-2256

Valparaiso Area Parents/Caregivers of Children with Special Needs
A support group for parents/caregivers whose children are affected by Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, PDD-NOS and other        developmental or physical disabilities.