Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS)
The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) provides services for individuals with developmental disabilities that enable them to live as independently as possible within their community. BDDS helps people learn about community supports and residential services.
To learn more about BDDS, visit Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS).
Resources for those Serving Infants and Children
Easterseals Crossroads, is a comprehensive, private, not-for-profit, mission-driven organization with a rich 80-year history of helping children with disabilities and special needs, and their families to live better lives by providing innovative services tailored to meet individual needs. Services are accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities)…the hallmark of quality in rehabilitation.
As a First Steps provider in Indiana, we are a multidisciplinary agency for Cluster G serving the following areas: G 1 Hamilton/ Tipton County, G 5 Northeast Marion County, G 7 Southern Marion County.
First Steps’ mission is “To assure that all Indiana families with infants and toddlers experiencing developmental delays or disabilities have access to early intervention services close to home when they need them. This is accomplished through the implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated statewide system of local interagency councils called First Steps.”
- MCHAT Screening Tool: https://www.m-chat.org/mchat.php
- Understanding Autism:
- Indiana Resource Center for Autism: https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/irca
- After the Diagnosis:
- https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/after-the-diagnosis-booklet PDF in English and Spanish)
- After the Diagnosis:
What to look for in an ABA provider: https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/what-to-consider-when-looking-for-a-qualified-aba-provider
- Indiana Resources: http://www.autismsocietyofindiana.org/autism-resource-network-of-indiana (ARNI)
- Evidence-Based Interventions: http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/evidence-based-practices
- For information about parent groups and training, visit About Special Kids
- For information about healthcare referrals and information about Medicaid transportation, visit Family Voices
- For mental health questions, consider contacting MidTown Mental Health, Hamilton Center or Department of Mental Health.
- For information about obtaining legal aide, visit Indiana Protection Advocacy Services.
- For guardianship questions, consider contacting Center for at Risk Elders , Indiana Protection Advocacy Services and the ARC.
- For information about donated or free medical equipment, visit Bally Foundation
- For caregiver support information, visit BDDS.