Provided below are a variety of online resources designed to encourage community advocacy.
Politics & Government
Open States - Discover Politics in Indiana
Open States is a collection of tools that make it possible for citizens to track what is happening in their state's capitol by aggregating information from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Open States is a project of the Sunlight Foundation.
Political Party Time
From the early hours of the morning until late in the evening, politicians are breaking bread and sipping cocktails with donors. Sunlight’s Political Party Time website lets you know who’s fundraising and where.
Foreign Influence Explorer
Foreign Influence Explorer documents some of the ways foreign entities influence policy and opinions in the United States.The foreign influence data housed here comes from documents collected by the Department of Justice as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act and press releases from The Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
SCOUT real-time alerts and Notifications
Scout is a rapid notification service allows anyone to create customized email or text alerts on actions Congress takes on an issue or a specific bill. It also makes it easy to search federal regulations and track bills in all 50 states (a first). The website tracks a variety of sources including the Congressional Record, THOMAS, the Federal Register and Sunlight’s Open States to create legislative news searches about issues a person, company or nonprofit cares about.
For every day Congress is in session, Capitol Words visualizes the most frequently used words in the Congressional Record, giving you an at-a-glance view of which issues lawmakers address on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Capitol Words lets you see what are the most popular words spoken by lawmakers on the House and Senate floor.
Children & Family
Indiana Child Advocates
Indiana Child Advocates
Every day, there are hundreds of abused and neglected Hoosier children who go to court alone and have no one to advocate for their interests. Many children do not attend court so their voice is silent—no one speaks for these children and tells the court what they need while they are in the foster care system. We mobilize, train and empower volunteers who make a difference by helping judges make informed decisions about what is best for the child’s future.
Indiana Children and Nature Network
Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN) is a network of Indiana organizations, businesses, and individuals encouraging children to spend more time outdoors for their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana
The ACLU works to empower citizens to take an active role in defending their civil liberties. When citizens advocate, they express their concerns and priorities, press for recognition of their rights and insist on the importance of their voice in public policy.
Indiana Coalition for Human Services
ICHS is a nonpartisan coalition, of over 25 organizations, that educates decision makers and the community on fact-based human service policy which emphasizes quality outcomes for Hoosiers, and ultimately the State of Indiana. We invest in, protect and advocate for children, people with disabilities, senior citizens and hard-working families who are trying to make a better life for themselves.
IN Source Special Education Parent Support
Providing Indiana families and service providers the information and training necessary to assure effective educational programs and appropriate services for children and young adults with disabilities.
Olmstead is the most important U.S. Supreme Court decision for people with disabilities. The 1999 Supreme Court decision was based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).