About Special Kids (ASK)
Welcome to About Special Kids! We are the place for families and professionals in Indiana to go to “ASK” questions about children with special needs and to access information and resources about a variety of topics such as health insurance, special education, community resources and medical homes. ASK is your connection to family support in the state of Indiana!
About Special Kids is a “Parent to Parent” organization working throughout the state of Indiana to answer questions and provide support, information and resources. We are parents and family members of children with special needs and we help other families and professionals understand the various systems that are encountered related to special needs.
As a parent, once you make contact with About Special Kids, you will likely be connected with a staff parent liaison who is a trained and experienced parent of a child with special needs. Parent liaisons focus on teaching families how to anticipate child and family needs, identify family and community resources, and access community systems to help them meet the needs of their children. Additionally, About Special Kids’ parent liaisons follow up with each family. So…even if there is something that you forget to ASK during that first call, you will have plenty of contact with our staff to anticipate and to help answer your questions.
To get connected to a parent liaison, please call 800-964-4746 or click here.
“Thank you, Parent Liaisons. I am so thankful for you guys. You are doing such great things
for the children in our communities! I want everyone to know how much I appreciate you.”
~ Bettina O. Voigt, RN, CCM Evolent Case Manager
About Special Kids’ Resource Directory allows families and professionals to find resources in a searchable database format and contains community resources and other pertinent information related to children with special needs – from local to nationwide organizations. You can visit the directory 24-hours a day and search by keyword, county, or by service category. You can find listings for support groups, respite care, disability specific resources, recreation, camps, and much more.
The goal of About Special Kids’ training department is to reach out to parents and professionals to inform and educate them, and to serve as a system of support and reference. Our trainings consist of:
Workshops: In person trainings are held throughout the state. These include:
Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Practices
Public Health Insurance: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You
It’s Not WHAT You Say . . . It’s HOW You Say It: Effective Communication
My Child Has Special Needs: Now What?
My Child is Transitioning to Adulthood: What Now?
A Life with Stress, Balance and a Plan
For a list of upcoming training dates, click here.
For more details on the training workshops, please click here.
Online Trainings: Online training modules are available which review specific rules of Article 7 – Indiana’s
Special Education Law as well as Mental Health trainings. Click here for more details.
Webinars: About Special Kids presents several webinars throughout the year. Each webinar is archived
on our website as well as our YouTube page. Watch for upcoming webinars – listed on the ASK Events page as
well as on our homepage.
About Special Kids produces a monthly e-newsletter. If you wish to receive our e-news, click here to sign up on our Contact Us page.
More questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page!