The Arc of Indiana: Services and Advocacy for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Established in 1956 by parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc of Indiana is a resource for families and people with disabilities to come together and advocate for a better life for their children and for themselves.

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The Arc provides services and advocacy to Hoosiers with developmental disabilities to help them realize their goals of learning, living, working and playing in the community. The Arc is recognized as the State’s most well-respected and leading advocacy association for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families.

About The Arc of Indiana

As part of their ongoing commitment to the people of Indiana, The Arc strives to empower families in their journey of raising a child with a disability to lead a full and meaningful life, inspire positive change in public policy and public attitudes, and serve as a spokesperson and advocate for families and their loved ones. Watch this video about The Arc of Indiana to learn more about this great organization.
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The Arc of Indiana Programs and Services

The Arc’s programs and services include:
  • Public Policy Advocacy – The Arc has a full time presence at the Indiana State House, and, as an affiliate of The Arc of the United States, in the halls of Congress. Their dedicated staff continues to advocate for funding, legislation, regulations and policies that affect the daily lives of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
  • The Arc Master Trust is the nation’s premier special needs trust, providing financial aid support and guidance to Hoosiers of all disabilities since 1988. Click here for more information, below.
  • The Arc Advocacy Network provides information, referral and advocacy to assist and guide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
  • The Arc Insurance Project can assist families who have a loved one with a developmental disability navigate their private insurance policies and increase knowledge of basic health insurance issues, including the Affordable Care Act.
  • Health & Wellness – resources will provide people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD,) their families and caregivers the information they need be healthy and well at every stage of their lives.
  • Family & Caregiver Training – Under Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver program, anyone who has a Family Supports Waiver or Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver can spend up to $2,000 of their budget per year for Family and Caregiver Training. These funds can be used to provide training and education to parents, family members or non-paid caregivers in a variety of areas.


The Arc Master Trust

The Arc Master Trust, the nation’s premiere Special Needs Trust, serves Hoosiers of all disabilities, and is affiliated with The Arc of the United States.

The Arc Master Trust serves Hoosiers of all disabilities, including people with physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Regardless of your age, or your child’s age or disability, planning for the future is important. The Arc of Indiana Master Trust is our response to a need felt by many families who wonder what will happen to their loved one after they are gone, and to individuals with disabilities seeking a way to fund their own trust.

Some of the most respected trust and estate planning attorneys in Indiana assisted with the legal research and creation of The Arc Master Trust. Today, The Arc Master Trust, now celebrating 25 years of service, continues to serve as a model for special needs trusts throughout the country.

The Arc Master Trust Financial Assistance and Planning Options

The Arc Master Trust includes two trust programs:
  • Trust I – established in 1988, Trust I helps families provide for the financial future of their loved one without affecting eligibility for government benefits such as SSI, SSDI and Medicaid.
  • Trust II – established in 1995, Trust II allows people with disabilities to fund their own trust – often with funds received through an inheritance, back payment from social security, or a personal injury settlement – allowing them to maintain eligibility for government benefits.

More information: The Arc Master Trust Enrollment Process