The goal of ASK Webinars is to reach out to parents and professionals to inform and educate them, and to serve as a system of support and reference. Webinars are scheduled with live presentations and discussions and are then archived on this page to allow parents and professionals to access this information when needed.
Current ASK Webinars and their descriptions are listed below. Watch for upcoming live Webinar dates and topics on our homepage.
Finding Alternative Funding Sources
(aired May 5, 2013)
As a special needs parent, I realize how expensive and how hard it is to find resources for your child. Having knowledge of your insurance plan and it's coverage is the first key to success. The next source for funding is grants and scholarships.
This webinar will teach you the tools to being successful in all of these areas. There are also alternative items to the more expensive alternatives that sometimes work just as well if not better. I look forward to helping others on their journey with funding their child's needs.
- Terra Smith - ASK Champion
- Suzanne Aaron - ASK Parent Liaison
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Bullying and the IEP
(aired March 13, 2013)
Bullying is an issue that affects all types of people. Children with special needs are no exception. This webinar will provide ways on how a child can respond to being bullied as well as ideas of accommodations and supports that can be written into the student's IEP to address bullying.
Click here for a copy of the presentation.
Click here for the handout.
- Cynthia Jackson - Special Educator at IPS
- Lisa Kutschera - ASK Parent Liaison
View Bullying and the IEP
The Power of Words at School and Home: Communicating a Positive Message
(aired December 4, 2012)
- Resolve differences without frustration and anger
- Speak to your children proactively to minimize problems
- Redirect behavior at home more effectively
- Building Toward Success in Adult Life
- Click here to download the handout for this presentation
- Craig Peterson
- Marsha Cheesman, ASK Senior Parent Liaison
View The Power of Words at School and Home: Communicating a Positive Message
Building Toward Success in Adult Life
(aired July 18, 2012)
This webinar is for parents and caregivers of children with special needs transitioning into adulthood. Topics discussed in this webinar include education, decision making, work, living, and health care transition.
Click here for a copy of the presentation handout.
- Mary Ciccarelli - CYACC
- Patty Reed - ASK Parent Liaison
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Starting a Support Group
(aired May 3, 2012)
Support groups are a wonderful resource for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. These groups provide a place for individuals to ask questions, learn from each other, meet other families, and receive emotional support . While these are a wonderful resource, starting and maintaining a support group requires commitment and planning. This webinar focuses on the steps needed to start a support group as well as what is needed to maintain a successful group. Different types of support groups are also be reviewed.
- Beth DeHoff – Director of Special Needs Ministry at Speedway United Methodist Church
- Amy Walker – ASK Parent Liaison
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Summer Camps and Recreation
(aired March 21, 2012)
There are several types of camps and activities available and finding a good match for your child is important. This webinar focused on the differences between day camps and residential camps, the supports that are available to campers, questions to ask, considerations to make before choosing a camp, and much more. Handouts for the webinar are:
- Lisa Kutschera, ASK Parent Liaison
- Brooke Taflinger, Inclusion Specialist - Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation / Monon Community Center
- Cecille Domingo, CDSS - Director of Recreational Therapy -Bradford Woods
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Evaluación de Educación Especial: Como Solicitarla Y Que Sucede Después de la Evaluación
(aired February 1, 2012)
Este webinar le explicará como solicitar una evaluación de educación especial del sistema escolar público cuando un niño es sospechado de tener una discapacidad que hace impacto o podría afectar su educación. También se va a discutir lo que sucede después de la solicitud de evaluación, como va a ser conducida la evaluación, como los resultados serán compartidos con los padres y usados para tomar decisiones sobre el programa educativo de un niño, y lo que pasa si usted no está de acuerdo con los resultados.
Este webinar será presentado en español por:
- Patty Reed – Padre Enlace Bilingüe de ASK
- Jane Fuentes – Especialista del Programa Bilingüe de INSource
Ver Evaluación de Educación Especial: Como Solicitarla Y Que Sucede Después de la Evaluación
What is a Medical Home?
(aired December 5, 2011)
Join us for the next ASK webinar and learn about Medical Homes. Did you know that a Medical Home is . . .
- How (not where) primary care is provided for a panel of patients
- Where a team of people, including the family, all office staff, specialists and community partners, are all working towards one goal
- Proactive, planned and creative care
- Much more!
This webinar will be helpful to those patients, families, health care professionals, teachers or community organizations who would benefit from a basic medical home overview, including helpful websites and tools. Click here for handouts for this webinar.
- Dawn Haut - Medical Director, Pecar Health Center and Co-President, Indiana Chapter, AAP
- Jane Scott - ASK Director of Family Support
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Requesting a Special Education Evaluation and What Happens Next
(aired October 19, 2011)
This webinar explains how to request an education evaluation from the public school system when a child is suspected of having a disability that is impacting or could impact their education. It discusses what happens after the request, including what the evaluation will look like, how the results are shared and used to make decisions about a child's educational program, and what happens if you disagree with the results. Handouts for this webinar are:
Transition to early childhood special education is also discussed for families that have children transitioning from First Steps services to preschool through the public school.
- Holly Paauwe, ASK Parent Liaison
- Valerie Potchka, ASK Parent Liaison
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Indiana's Insurance Mandate for Autism: What is It and How to Use It!
(aired August 24, 2011)
Families living in Indiana who have children with Autism or PDD may have access to a wealth of services if their insurance is covered by the Indiana Insurance Mandate for Autism. This webinar will help you understand what the Insurance Mandate for Autism and PDD is and will help you determine if your insurance is covered under the mandate. It will also help you learn what to do to access services under the mandate.
- Suzanne Aaron, ASK Parent Liaison
- Toni Modglin, ASK Parent Liaison
View Indiana's Insurance Mandate for Autism: What is It and How to Use It!
The Ins and Outs of Guardianship
(aired June 15, 2011)
The purpose of this webinar is to assist you in understanding the various types of guardianship as well as the steps to take to become a guardian of your adult child with special needs. Please click here for an outline of the presentation.
- Jeff Stinson, Attorney - Severns & Stinson, P.C.
- Marsha Cheesman, ASK Senior Parent Liaison
View The Ins and Outs of Guardianship
Recognizing the Special Needs of Foster and Adopted Children: How to know and Where to Go!
(aired April 26, 2011)
This webinar will focus on assisting foster parents to recognize the specific special needs of foster and adopted children and will provide information on where to turn for help. Handouts for this video are attached:
- Recognizing Needs of Foster Children
- Resource List
- Jennifer Elliott Meadows, ASK Parent Liaison and Foster Parent Trainer
- Janet Rhodes-Carlson, Independent Consultant
View Recognizing the Special Needs of Foster and Adopted Children: How to know and Where to Go!
What's In It For You - Why Get Your Child On Medicaid Disability
(aired February 8, 2011)
The purpose of this presentation is to assist you in understanding Medicaid Disability and the benefits of having your child on this program. Medicaid is a federal public health insurance program created to provide health care to the following groups of people:
- Families with Children,
- Pregnant women and children,
- The aged, blind and disabled.
View What's In It For You - Why Get Your Child On Medicaid Disability
The ASK webinars are for informational purposes only. Legal advice on a specific issue should be sought by a licensed legal professional.