The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - uses autism spectrum disorder and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - uses cognitive impairment and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, although mild, moderate and severe levels of impairment are also defined
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disability and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at Special Education Eligibility (Page 66).

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Indiana reported the following:

  • Autism - 13,556 students
  • Intellectual disability - 16,083 students
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 13,148 students

Support service structure

Indiana Department of Education, Office of Special Education monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools. The Indiana Resource Network provides regional support for schools.

Task forces

Indiana does not have a disability task force.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Indiana does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Indiana does not have a statewide disability scholarship, but does have Indiana Choice Scholarships for families meeting certain income guidelines.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Indiana enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Indiana insurance for more details.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Indiana had 17 supervisors (direct service providers) and 37 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

IN*SOURCE is Indiana's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Indiana are available at Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center and secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Indiana is a member of Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at special education resources.

Military education resources

Information and resources specifically identified for military-connected families in Indiana may be found at military education resources.

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