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Selected Support Groups


Also see About Special Kids for a more extensive list of support groups



Al-Anon; (317) 257-2693

Alcoholics Anonymous; (317) 632-7864

Narcotics Anonymous; (317) 875-5459

Family Service of Central Indiana, Inc.; (317) 634-6341

Fairbanks Hospital Hotline; 1-800-225-HOPE (4673)



Frankfort Alzheimer’s Support Group. Support for families and friends of those who have Alzheimer’s disease; (765) 659-1811

Indiana Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups listed by county can be found at 

   General questions may be directed to 1-800-272-3900.

• Alzheimer’s Support Group; (812) 353-9299


Any Disability

• Different Abilities for people with physical disabilities; contact Susie, 812-332-1916



• Aphasia Support Group; contact Laura Karcher, (812) 855-2912



The Indiana Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation; (317) 879-0321 for group locations



• ABLES for verbal persons 16 or older with Asperger’s or Autism and ABLES TOO for 10-15 year olds with autism;

   contact Susan Gray, (812) 332-7236

• South Central Indiana Chapter of Autism Society of America; contact Mike Brewington: 812-824-7858 or Penny Githens: 812-339-8682


Brain Injury:

Brain Injury Support Group. Offers support, education, and social opportunities to brain-injured individuals and caregivers;

   contact Kathy Armstrong, (765) 423-6885



American Cancer Society, (317) 347-6670 or 1-800-233-6303. “Reach to Recovery” one-on-one support for breast cancer patients; also

  “Man to Man” education/support group for patients and their caregivers.

Cancer support group—Hendricks Community Hospital. For patients and family; (317) 745-4451

Lafayette Breast Cancer Support Group; contact Debby Volenec or Jo Honig, (765) 497-4455

Man-to-Man: Prostate Cancer Support Group; (765) 449-4799

Reach to Recovery: Breast Cancer Support Group; (765)449-4799



• Support Group for Families who have Children with Disabilities; contact April Haskett, (812) 277-0229


Childhood Cancer:

Camp Little Red Door. Serves cancer patients, ages 8 to 18; (317) 925-5595


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association; (812) 425-2662


Craniofacial Anomalies:

Face to Face support group for parents and adult patients with craniofacial anomalies; (317) 257-9633



Catholic Ministry of the Deaf; contact Father Henry, (812) 476-7186



Bereavement Support Groups through St. Vincent Hospice.

         Brooke’s Place - For teens and young children who have lost a significant person in their lives;

contact Meg Scott, (317) 705-9650

              Bereavement Support Group for adults: (317) 338-4040


Death of a Child:

Compassionate Friends. A support group for bereaved parents and siblings; contact Penni Risner, (317) 996-3209

Resolve Through Sharing. For parents who have lost a baby; contact Kathy Carroll, (317) 415-7494, pager (317) 338-3550 with call-back #7037.

NEO-FIGHT. A parent support group for families experiencing any kind of perinatal crisis such as a premature or critically ill infant, high-risk

   pregnancy, or newborn death; (317) 446-3013



Diabetes Support Group of St. Elizabeth Medical Center; (765) 449-5180

Hendricks Community Hospital Diabetes Support Group; (317) 745-3683

• DM (Diabetes) Support Group; (812) 723-2811 or (800) 999-4420



American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis; Helps deal with emergencies, (317) 684-1441



Fibromyalgia Support Group; contact Abilities Unlimited, (812) 332-1620



Hemophilia of Indiana can connect people with a support group; (317) 570-0039


Hepatitis C:

E.A.S.E. Hep C (Evansville Area Support and Education) American Liver Foundation Support Group. (812) 423-5687



Family Support Group. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, Inc. For patients and families of patients with leukemia;

   (317) 726-2270 or 1-800-846-7764.



• Neuropathy Support Group; contact Amber Lake or Judy Strike, (812) 276-1031



• Hendricks Community Hospital Ostomy Support Group; (317) 745-3722

Ostomy Support Group of Central Indiana; (317) 889-5636


Parkinson’s Disease:

Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana; (317) 255-1993. A list of support groups in cities throughout Indiana can be found



Post Polio Syndrome:

Central Indiana Post Polio Support Group; contact Ellen Crim, (765) 649-3648 (voice mail) or e-mail at



Central Indiana Sarcoidosis Support Group; contact Robbie Darden, (317) 335-2981


Spinal Cord Injury:

Central Indiana Chapter of the National Spinal Cord-Injury Association; (317) 244-9204

• Goshen Spinal Cord Injury Family Support Group; contact Susan Pletcher, (574) 831-2329


Visual Impairments

• South Central Association for the Visually Impaired (SCAVI); contact Dolly, (812) 279- 1669 or Ada, (812) 834-6419

The Low Vision Support Group in Seymour; contact Rev. Ed Anderson, (812) 522-7209

Low Vision Support Group in Ellettsville contact Caroline Clay; (812) 876-3383




Breaking New Ground
Purdue University
ABE Bldg., 225 S. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2093

(800) 825-4264 or (765) 494-5013