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Golden Steps ABA

Business
ABA Therapy

Golden Steps, ABA is a highly experienced therapy group that provides home-based individualized consultation and intervention services for those individuals who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Serving LaPorte & Starke Counties

Please call (888) 51-STEPS for hours of operation.
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TradeWinds Services

Nonprofit
Adult Day Care

The ADAPT program (Adult Day Activity Program & Training) at TradeWinds offers a wide range of activities, outings, and parties while providing the opportunity to socialize with others in a safe, monitored, caring and supportive environment weekdays from 7 am-3:30 pm.

Please call (219) 945-0100 for hours of operation.
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TradeWinds Services

Nonprofit
Child Care

Child Care at TradeWinds promotes early childhood development and school readiness for infants, toddlers, 2-year-olds, and preschoolers ages 3-5. Welcoming children of all abilities with an emphasis on those who have developmental, behavioral, physical, and/or healthcare needs. TradeWinds believes all children have the right to learn and play with their peers. The embrace of children of all abilities sets TradeWinds apart from other local childcare centers. For parents, guardians, and other caregivers faced with the difficult choice of working or staying home to care for a child with special needs, TradeWinds provides a safe, healthy, and appropriate environment with individualized plans and specialized supports TradeWinds serves low-income families in Lake County as a Geminus Early Head Start partner. Under the guidance of a dedicated curriculum coordinator with support from a full-time nurse and the licensed speech and occupational therapists at TradeWinds, each child enrolled receives a comprehensive initial screening to create his or her individualized plan with routine assessments to track progress on key developmental milestones and identify specific goals or opportunities for success along the way. In addition to offering parent groups with topic-specific materials and community-based referrals, TradeWinds is the host site for Early Head Start Parent Board, with parents providing input, increasing volunteer hours, and fundraising for specific activities. This group meets monthly in the TradeWinds boardroom and welcomes all stakeholders. Call 219.945.0100, ext. 332 to schedule an introductory tour.

Please call (219) 945-0100 for hours of operation.
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Benchmark Human Services

Nonprofit
Day Services

Day Services participants explore their communities by visiting and volunteering at venues such as parks, zoos, and museums. Though most services are community-based, many programs have a home base where individuals learn life skills like cooking and money management. Individuals can also participate in sports, arts, and personal hobbies including music and recreational therapies. Through these experiences, participants often: * Improve physical abilities, including fine motor skills * Develop social skills * Build healthy relationships with peers and community members * Increase independence * Raise self-esteem Day Services is designed for individuals of all abilities, including those with extensive medical and behavioral needs. Contact us at 219-945-5776.

Please call (219) 945-5776 for hours of operation.
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TradeWinds Services

Nonprofit
Deaf Services

Becoming a department of TradeWinds Services in 2014, Deaf Services has been providing support, education, advocacy, and access to technology for individuals and families faced with issues related to hearing loss since 1978. As the only nonprofit agency in Northwest Indiana providing a vital link between people who are Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing, TradeWinds Deaf Services facilitates communication with interpreting, case management, advocacy, and referral services, while providing education and sensitivity training for the hearing. American Sign Language – not English – is the first language for many people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. They often have a difficult time reading, writing, or understanding the English Language. The challenge is that the world around people who are Deaf or hard of hearing relies upon communication to understand information. The lack of incidental learning that people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing experience has a considerable impact on their ability to manage daily routine tasks. These tasks can be related to legal, medical, financial, or employment issues; and can impact their ability to solve problems at a time of crisis. Interpreters are available, on-call 24/7, to help translate, with the ultimate goal of removing communication barriers for people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing to help provide a better quality of life. Case managers can help educate for an understanding of what is said or printed in a document, improve problem-solving skills, and how to self-advocate or provide information on different community resources available. Classes in American Sign Language, as well as Deaf Sensitivity Training, are also available through TradeWinds Deaf Services. To learn more about interpreting and case management services, training and classes, assisted listening technology, and the use of the videophone, call 219.945.0100, ext. 204, videophone: 219.576.7100, or e-mail deafservices@tradewindsnwi.org.

Please call (219) 945-0100 for hours of operation.
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Down Syndrome Association of NWI & Chicagoland

Nonprofit
Disabilities

Please call (219) 838-3656 for hours of operation.
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Social Security Administration

Government
Disability Resources

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs provide assistance to people with disabilities. This page provides detailed information to help you understand what to expect from Social Security during the application process.

Please call (888) 472-6120 for hours of operation.
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Everybody Counts

Nonprofit
Disability Resources

Provides services for people with disabilities in Lake & Porter Counties to support independent living: * Peer Counseling from people who truly understand what you are dealing with. * Advocacy Services: Helping you to resolve problems and showing you how to self-advocate. * Independent Living Skills: Individual or group training activities. * Transition Services: Helping youth to succeed and seniors to live in their own homes. * Information & Referral for people with disabilities: Connecting you to valuable resources. * Deaf Services program: Working with people of all ages (and parents of children under 18 years of age) No fees of any kind for individualized services. We operate out of two centers: * 9111 Broadway, Suite A, Merrillville Voice: 219-937-5055 VP: 219-501-0099 * 438 Fayette Street, Hammond Voice: 219-937-5055 VP: 219-232-1063

Please call (219) 769-5055 for hours of operation.
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Community Services of Starke County

Nonprofit
Disability Services

Welcome to Community Services of Starke County where we provide dependable, quality services to low-income, elderly and disabled citizens in Starke County so they may maintain their independence in their own home.

Please call (574) 772-7070 for hours of operation.
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Vocational Rehabilitation Services Areas 1 & 2

Government
Disability Services

For information regarding Vocational Rehabilitation Services, such as employment services, supported employment, assistive technology, transition services or the Independent Living Program in Lake or Newton Counties, call us at 219-981-5326.

Please call (219) 981-5326 for hours of operation.
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Center for Possibilities

Nonprofit
Education for Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The mission of Center for Possibilities is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families by offering toddler, preschool and adult education opportunities. Center for Possibilities is a not-for-profit 501(c)3, State Licensed Child Care Center with 50+ years of experience serving children ages 2-3 with developmental disabilities and delays. We provide a full day, full year developmental Preschool & Childcare Program along with therapy and nutrition programs for children ages 3-6 with mild to severe developmental disabilities and delays. CenterforPossibilities also offers an Adult Learning Program for adult 22 and older with developmental disabilities. We provide a full day, full year program with strong focuses on the developing self-care skills and providing learning opportunities. Contact us at 219-962-5751.

Please call (219) 962-5751 for hours of operation.
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New Star

Nonprofit
Employment Services

New Star offers consumers a full spectrum of opportunities when it comes to career development. From working in the community to training as a member of our e-recycling or janitorial teams to contributing within our sheltered workshop, we cultivate a culture of personal success by putting employment first and providing personalized supports every step of the way.

Please call (219) 440-7430 for hours of operation.
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WorkOne - Gary

Government
Employment Services

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) In 2012, Indiana was one of seven states to receive grant funding to implement the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). The initiative is jointly funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration and its Office of Disability Employment Policy. DEI aims to improve education, training, and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities (ages 18-64) who are: Unemployed Underemployed And/or Receiving Social Security disability benefits. DEI is currently administered in the following Northwest Indiana counties: Jasper, Lake, La Porte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke. To learn more about DEI, Northwest Indiana residents can contact the nearest WorkOne NWI office.

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WorkOne - Hammond

Government
Employment Services

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) In 2012, Indiana was one of seven states to receive grant funding to implement the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). The initiative is jointly funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration and its Office of Disability Employment Policy. DEI aims to improve education, training, and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities (ages 18-64) who are: Unemployed Underemployed And/or Receiving Social Security disability benefits. DEI is currently administered in the following Northwest Indiana counties: Jasper, Lake, La Porte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke. To learn more about DEI, Northwest Indiana residents can contact the nearest WorkOne NWI office. Employment Assistance: WorkOne provides services in both individual and group settings. Some locations may require you to attend an orientation session to identify the services you are eligible for or fit your individual needs. Visit your local WorkOne to find out how to get started.

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Planting Possibilities

Nonprofit
Employment Services

Our mission is to provide fulfilling employment, job skills training, and volunteer opportunities in Lake County, Indiana, to adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Contact us at 219-937-9353 or 219-838-7073.

Please call (219) 237-9353 for hours of operation.
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Reins of Life

Nonprofit
Equine-Assisted Therapy

To improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy.

Please call (219) 874-7519 for hours of operation.
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TradeWinds Services

Nonprofit
Job Seeker Services

As an agency for the State of Indiana FSSA Vocational Rehabilitation Services, TradeWinds Services provides many services for the client and the employer. The TradeWinds Employment Services Specialists attend continuing education courses and are trained as job coaches to assist clients in obtaining and maintaining employment, working on-site hands-on, or off-site behind the scenes. Upon referral from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), an Employment Specialist is assigned to a client. Employment Specialist completes a Discovery Plan with the client. Employment Specialist prepares client to obtain and maintain employment. Employment Specialist works closely with the client and provides many services such as on-site support and job coaching. Offer training that assists the client in understanding the expectations of employers, including but not limited to effective interviewing, professionalism in the workplace, essential skills for the workplace. For more information on our program, contact Michelle Novak, 219-801-4500, or email: info@tradewindsnwi.org

Please call (219) 945-0100 for hours of operation.
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Porter County Aging and Community Services - PCACS

Nonprofit
Ramp Program

Please call (219) 464-9736 for hours of operation.
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SAFE Coalition for Human Rights, NFP

Nonprofit
Rapid Outreach Amplified Response (ROAR)

Rapid assistance for the citizens of NWI in a variety of areas: Provider Support/First Responder Support Testing Sites Food Shortage Housing/Homeless Emergency Supplies Senior Support Spiritual Care Educational Support Mental Health Support for Families in Crisis If you need help in any of these areas, please call 219-200-0003 Weekdays 8am-6pm Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm

Saturday and Sunday
Monday through Friday
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TradeWinds Services

Nonprofit
Residential Living

Each home features bedrooms (single and shared options vary depending on location) and bath facilities plus a full eat-in kitchen, laundry room and common areas indoors and out for relaxing and socializing with family and friends. All residents participate in essential daily living tasks based on ability, learning the skills necessary to do laundry, cook, clean and generally maintain their home. When it’s time to relax, Group Home residents can choose from a variety of activities that include watching TV, reading, playing card games, board games, listening to music, or video games. Trained staff members are always on site to help residents develop independent living skills and comprehensive medical care is available around the clock with TradeWinds’ dedicated Residential Nursing program. Each Group Home has its own vehicle to take residents out into the community for recreation, restaurants, shopping, errands to the bank and post office, medical appointments and trips to the bowling alley, the Y, local concerts, theater performances, and community festivals fill a typical Group Home monthly calendar. Prospective participants must be diagnosed with an intellectual disability by a medical professional and determined eligible for group home placement by the state Bureau of Developmental and Disability Service (BDDS). For more information, please contact Annette Walker today at (219) 945-0100 ext. 332 or email awalker@tradewindservices.org.

Please call (219) 945-0100 for hours of operation.
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Benchmark Human Services

Nonprofit
Residential Services

Benchmark has been at the forefront of developing residential options for individuals with disabilities, including transitioning individuals from state-run facilities and nursing homes into community settings. Whether someone is in a Benchmark-owned group home or chooses to receive Medicaid waiver-funded services in a privately owned home or apartment, we believe there’s nothing more important than the opportunity to live a full life. Benchmark’s broad spectrum of residential care ranges from 24/7/365 to several hours a week, serving individuals with a wide range of abilities, including those with extensive medical and behavioral needs and forensic background. Contact us at 219-945-5776.

Please call (219) 945-5776 for hours of operation.
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Chasing Dreams Learning Center

Resource library

We have an overabundance of resources to help you find organizations, services, medical assistance, advocate, legal and etc.

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TradeWinds Services

Nonprofit
Respite Care

Respite Care at TradeWinds offers caregivers the opportunity for a short-term break to take care of themselves, spend time with other family members and/or have the freedom to run errands without worry. Most importantly, they need time to rest and restore their energy in order to maintain a healthy balance when caring for loved ones with special needs. TradeWinds provides respite services in the community, your home or at our apartment in Hobart Short breaks from a minimum of three hours to overnight For families with children and adults with disabilities. Flexible and designed to meet a variety of needs, Respite Care at TradeWinds is available almost any time. Respite Services can be scheduled regularly or occasionally.

Please call (219) 945-0100 for hours of operation.
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Hammond Public Library

Nonprofit
Sorensen Video Relay Service

Hammond Public Library offers Sorenson Video Relay Service® (SVRS®) during library hours. This is a free service that enables users to place and receive calls through a professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter via a videophone and a high-speed internet connection.

Monday through Thursday
Friday and Saturday
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