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November 2016


December Holiday Parties

In the month of December FUSE will have a holiday parties at our regular monthly meetings. Hancock and Shelby meetings will differ slightly, so check the information below for the holiday gathering you will attend.



FUSE families will gather to share a holiday meal in Greenfield. FUSE will provide fried chicken, and families will pitch in a side dish and/or a dessert. This is a family event, so no child care will be provided at these meetings.  Just plan to enjoy good food and good fellowship with your friends at FUSE!

After dinner the kids will watch a holiday movie while parents socialize.

December 5, 2016
Greenfield Intermediate School
Large Group Instruction Room
204 W Park St
Greenfield IN 46140
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m

Register for the Greenfield meeting by clicking here



Since the Shelbyville meeting is usually a little smaller group, we will do our holiday gathering a little differently.  FUSE will arrange the holiday meal at our regular monthly meeting in Shelbyville. The cost of the meal will be $5 per person or $10 per family if more than two people plan to eat the meal. This is a family event, so no child care will be provided.  Just plan to enjoy good food and good fellowship with your friends at FUSE!  After dinner we are expecting a visit from Santa, so be sure to have your children bring their Christmas lists! If time allows, we may watch a short holiday movie too.

Registration will be very important since we have to ensure we have enough food for everyone. Please register in advance!

December 13, 2016
Shelby County Public Library
Carnegie East Wing
57 W Broadway St.
Shelbyville, IN 46176
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m

Register for the Shelbyville meeting by clicking here

Happy holidays from your friends at FUSE!

Santa Visit Filling Fast So Register Today

Are your children making their list and checking it twice? I bet they’ve heard that Santa is coming to town! 

Our favorite man in the red suit is going to visit FUSE on Saturday morning, December 10, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The Villas at Springhurst is hosting our event in their clubhouse in Greenfield. The Villas at Springhurst is located at 628 N Meridian Street. Use the entrance drive for the Legacy and Villas at Springhurst and follow it back to the Clubhouse. 

Villas at Springhurst
628 N Meridian
Greenfield IN 46140
9:30 – 11:30 am

Registration for this event is required and will be limited to the first 25 children, so click here to register now!  Siblings welcome! We have a couple of early time slots available (9:30 and 9:45) and few spots between 10:30 and 11:30. Don't delay to be sure to reserve a time for your family!

Registration will close by December 7 or when 25 children are registered, whichever comes first.

When you register you will be asked to select your arrival time to help us make sure the kids don’t all arrive at once or get there too late to spend quality time with Santa. Santa also likes to have a few things to discuss with your child, so make sure you provide the requested info for his notebook to help save the elves some time for toy making!

We look forward to seeing our FUSE families and can’t wait to hear about all those Christmas wish lists!

Destiny Color Guard Practices Underway

FUSE is excited to be the new home for Destiny Color Guard! Destiny was founded eight years ago by Greenfield-Central High School graduate Jordyn Bever, and we are so happy to be able to continue the program this year for students with disabilities.  We are looking for students ages 13 and older who want to have a fun time with their peers learning a basic color guard show and performing in the community.   Practices are held on Wednesdays at Greenfield Intermediate School from November through early March.
Wednesdays 7 – 8 pm, from November 16 - March 1 (NO PRACTICE 11/23, 12/21 or 12/28)

Greenfield Intermediate School, 204 W Park St, Greenfield

To be scheduled in January/February

Students with disabilities age 13 and over, residing in Hancock or surrounding counties

$10 payable to FUSE, Inc. (helps cover snacks and performance shirts)

Program Staff:            
Program Coordinator, Teresa Bever
Student Director, Julia Black

Click here for performer registration form


We will continue to take volunteers as needed, so contact us if you are interested! We will let you know if there is a current need.

Click here for volunteer registration form

For questions, call Denise Arland, Executive Director, at 317-462-9064 or email

Destiny is made possible this year in part by a grant from the Hancock County Community Foundation


Time to Talk Early Learning Session

The last session in this series of the Growing Together Early Learning Series is now open for registration! The Growing Together Early Learning Series gives families of young children ideas for fun play-based activities that support the development of early learning skills and help children achieve developmental milestones.dsc_0036-crop

Parents attend the session with their child and get hands-on training from a pediatric therapist specializing in the developmental area targeted for the session. Eligible children will be ages one to five.  Take home a great gift bag of toys used in the session, valued at $25! Advance registration is required.  

Time to Talk!
Saturday, January 7
10:00-11:00 AM
New Palestine Town Hall
Community Room
42 E. Main St, New Palestine

Instruction by
Rosemary Burke, SLP
Speech Language Pathologist with Pediplay

The Time to Talk session will help parents understand the importance of speech and language development as it relates to their child's social skills, confidence, peer relationships, reading skills and much more!  The session will focus on activities parents and caregivers can do quickly and easily throughout the day to encourage growth of speech and language skills.

Click here to register for Time to Talk

Registration is required by December 30
Sign up online at or
RSVP to or at 317-462-9064
Only 10 spots available!

We are happy to be partnering with Pediplay on this project. Pediplay is located in Indianapolis and has been providing pediatric therapy in central Indiana for over 25 years. The Growing Together Early Learning Series is sponsored by JMC Technology Group, Tri Kappa of Greenfield, Frey Construction and Erlewine Mortuary.

For questions contact our office at 317-462-9064 or email us through our contact us link.

Webinar:  Take AT Along to Colleges and Universities

AbleNet is offering a free webinar on assistive technology to college.

DATE: December 07, 2016, 11:30 am CST - 60-Minutes

When high schools and post-secondary programs for disabled students work together to help with transitions that include a student’s use of assistive technology (AT), continuity of the student’s AT use is much more likely. The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-secondary Education (QIAT-PS) comprise a variety of on-line tools available to improve assistive technology planning for transitions from K-12 education to post-secondary education. This session will explore the QIAT-PS tools and offer examples of how they have been used.


LEVEL:  Beginner/Intermediate


Learn more and register at this link

Utility Support Program Open from Arc of Indiana

The Arc of Indiana’s Utility Support Program can assist families with utility costs, including payment for utility bills, funding to reactivate or prevent disconnection of services, deposit assistance to begin services, and funding to cover back utility debt.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements

  • Family with a dependent child under the age of 18
  • One or more residents in household must have a disability
  • Thirty days income verification
  • Family income at or below 250% of federal poverty level
    • 2 person household – $40,050
    • 3 person household – $50,400
    • 4 person household – $60,750
    • 5 person household – $71,100
    • 6 person household – $81,450

Target Families to Receive Services

  • Families served and/or eligible for First Steps Services
  • Families receiving or on a waiting list for Medicaid Waiver Service
  • Families receiving or eligible for Indiana’s Children’s Special Health Care Services program

Eligible Utility Support Services

  • Funding to prevent disconnection of services
  • Funding to reactivate services
  • Funding to cover utility debt back to one year from date of application
  • Deposit assistance to begin services
  • Up to two months heating or cooling utility bill assistance

Referral and Application Process  

Families who believe they may be eligible for assistance should contact The Arc’s Utility Support Program Coordinator, Gina DeWilde.

Click this link for contact information and to learn more about the Utility Support Program

FUSE thanks our monthly meeting and social events sponsors!
Frey Construction
Erlewein Mortuary
The Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana 
taking applications now

The Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana (HAAPI) helps provide hearing aids for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. School-age children in Indiana who do not have full coverage for hearing aids from another source can apply for support through HAAPI.
Children with hearing loss are eligible for HAAPI if:

* They are currently enrolled in school (K-12),

* A physician has provided medical clearance,

* They have not received funding from HAAPI in the previous three years, and

* They do not have sufficient insurance coverage to cover the cost of hearing aids.

To learn more and apply, visit the HAAPI web site here: .
For questions or more information, contact HAAPI at 317-828-0211 or

Information courtesy of Fifth Freedom

Upcoming Restaurant Nights

New Palestine
December 7
January 25
February 13
March 1
April 10
5pm to 8pm

Jim Dandy
January 4
4 pm to 9 pm

Dairy Queen
February 9
4 pm to 10 pm

Watch for other restaurant nights scheduled soon!
You can support FUSE by using Amazon Smile! Register with Amazon Smile and choose FUSE as your charity. Bookmark the Amazon Smile link, and use it each time you shop.  Amazon will donate a percentage of your eligible purchases to FUSE! Click the smile graphic above to get started!

Did you know your every day purchases at Kroger can turn into dollars to help FUSE improve the lives of children with special needs? It's as easy as registering your Kroger Plus card to benefit FUSE! 


Have your Kroger Plus card handy and follow the online instructions  to get your card registered and linked to FUSE using our NPO number 64554. Once you are registered, just use your card when you shop and your purchases will count toward our rewards. You still get all the same benefits of using your card too, so it's a win/win!  Anyone can link their card to our organization, so be sure to share withall your friends and family so they can help too! 

Text Reminders

Did you know you can receive reminder texts for monthly meetings in Hancock County or Shelby county, as well as our special events? Just text the appropriate message below to 313131 for the events you want to get reminders. Be sure to put a space between the phrase "RemindmeFUSE" and the event name.

RemindmeFUSE Hancock

RemindmeFUSE Shelby

RemindmeFUSE SpecialEvents

If you do not get a text back within a few seconds, please contact us for assistance.
Remember FUSE when doing your estate planning. FUSE has an operating endowment at the Hancock County Community Foundation. For more information visit

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