Committed to Advancing Care

For 50 years, the people at Damar have led the way in the care for and understanding of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, seeking not just to offer state-of-the-art treatment, but actually to generate new ideas and innovative approaches.

When that is your aim, you learn a lot … and you feel compelled to share your lessons so others can learn from them, too.

In this space, you’ll benefit from the insights we’ve gained by providing care and constantly seeking new answers to the challenges faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the people who care for them.

Are you ready to be a foster parent?

So: You’re thinking about becoming a foster parent, but you have questions. You have worries. You maybe even have some doubts.

That’s to be expected: Deciding to be a foster parent is a big step, and it’s one that should not be taken lightly or made quickly. In fact, many people think about it for a year or two before making a decision.

To help with this process, we encourage prospective foster parents to ask themselves some specific questions that will help them know if they’re ready.

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Saving One Life at a Time

To say that I am blessed would be an understatement. I have been married to a wonderful woman for 30 years. We have four amazing children and four highly energetic grandchildren. I have a career that fulfills me and puts food on my family’s table and a roof over their heads. But it hasn’t always been this way. I owe my entire life to a selfless stranger I met more than 40 years ago. She was my foster mom.

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Sensory Sensitive Experiences

A child at an Indianapolis Colts game gets a weighted blanket and headphones. A family at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis gets a map with sensory-aware markings. Kids at an Indianapolis park can spend time in a sensory room with a range of autism-friendly activities.

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7 Essential Things to Know When Interacting with Children with Autism

Minutes Autism, while prevalent in our society, is often misunderstood. If you’re looking for ways to support and accommodate the people in your life who are affected by it, read on—you’ll quickly learn it’s easier when you have the right tools at your disposal.

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The Autism Evolution: The More We Know

Along with this improved understanding of autism has come better approaches for treating children with autism. While institutionalization was for decades the primary option for children with autism, new approaches opened doors to less dramatic treatments that allow children to stay with their families and in their communities.

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