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NISEC Parent Network is a group of parents who have the common goal of promoting positive communication between parents of special education students and the schools. They attend regular meetings, participate in district planning and are a resource to other parents.  Click here to find a representative.

NCLB and IDEA: What Parents of Students with Disabilities Need to Know and Do


The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are two of the nation's most important federal laws relating to the education of children.  Learn more....

Special Events / Meetings

Watch for postings of special events and meetings in your area.

Caregiver Support Services Offered by the State of Indiana:

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has announced that Caregiver Support Services funds are available starting today September 1, 2013. Caregiver Support Services is totally state funded and available on a first-come, first-served basis. An application must be completed each year, even if you have received services in the past.

To be eligible for Caregiver Support Services an individual must meet the state definition for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities level of care. Services are not available if the individual with a disability receives or begins to receive other services from BDDS or programs such as Vocational Rehabilitation Services, First Steps, CHOICE, or Medicaid Waiver services.

Applications no longer have to be made in-person at the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) district office. Families may apply online, by mail or in-person.  Here is the link to apply online: Caregiver Support Request Application. You may also contact your BDDS District Office and ask them to send an application or apply in-person at the District Office. Find the address and telephone number for your local district office at: Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services - District Offices.

Sports Activities

Local sporting activities are posted as they become available. You can also view current programs offered by YMCA and other organizations by visiting the "Links" section of this website.

Special Olympics in Indiana
"Unleashing the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports."

True Friends
Camps.  Respite.  Program.  Travel.
Experiences and Adventures for all Abilities.


Attend meetings and workshops to learn more. A well educated parent is a child's best advocate! Workshop information will be posted as it becomes available each school year. Watch for upcoming topics and dates.

INSource Training Workshop Schedule for Parents and Professionals

CSRI (Cooperative Special Recreational Initiative)

The Cooperative Special Recreation Initiative is a partnership between the park and recreation departments of Cedar Lake, Crown Point, Dyer, Highland, Lake County, Merrillville, Munster, Schererville, and St. John and Community Hospital, the Hammond Port Authority and several volunteers. CSRI is a cooperative venture seeking ways to increase recreational opportunities for individuals of all ages who have special needs and abilities.  Check out what's happening...

Parent Network Contacts

Representative School Corp Phone
Kristine Besch Highland 219-769-4000 x-223
Jill Bruhn Hanover 219-769-4000 x-263
Marsha Horn Hobart 219-769-4000 x-224
Brian Richter Merrillville 219-769-4000 x-262
Candi Dines-Cress Lake Ridge, River Forest & Lake Station 219-769-4000 x-264
Rebecca Harkema Tri-Creek 219-769-4000 x-267
Kristy Elsey Eagle Park Community School 219-769-4085 x-244

NISEC  •  2150 West 97th Place  •  Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone (219) 769-4000  •  Fax (219) 769-4563  •  TTD (219) 662-2149