Disability Awareness Month
Each March, Disability Awareness Month is celebrated throughout Indiana. Given that adults and children with disabilities represent slightly more than 19 percent of Indiana’s population, disability awareness is important for all of us. Led by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, the goal of Disability Awareness Month is to increase awareness and promote independence, integration, and inclusion of all people with disabilities. The Council develops a unique theme for this annual event and produces campaign materials that are available free of charge to Hoosiers who want to help make a difference.
The 2018 Disability Awareness month campaign theme is "Be Cool. We Are." No matter the differences between people, it is always better to treat others the way you want to be treated, and this is especially true when interacting with friends, co-workers, and other Hoosiers who live with disabilities. The 2018 Indiana Disability Awareness Month campaign theme – Be Cool. We Are. – is all about the importance of being comfortable in your own skin and making the conscious decision to be yourself, because acting different around someone with a disability isn’t cool. This is the 27th year for Disability Awareness Month.
2018 Calendar of Events
- Disability Awareness Month Opening Reception – March 5 at 6 p.m. Hulman Memorial Student Union, 9th Floor; Guest Speaker: Dr. Don Rogers
- I Am Not Your Inspiration – March 6 at 6 p.m. University Hall Whitaker Room 110G; Panelists: Martha Reed, Sean Stewart, Jared Price, Kirrsten Todd, and Tawanna Sanders
- The Disability Rights ARE Civil Rights – March 19 at 6 p.m. University Hall Whitaker Room 110G; Presenters: Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC)
- Sexual Abuse: Steps to Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention – March 22 at 6 p.m. University Hall Whitaker Room 110G; Presenters: Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams, Danielle Pitmon, Diane Pitmon, and Jody Powers
- Access and Awareness of Assistive Technology – March 26 at 6 p.m. University Hall Whitaker Room 110G; Presenters: Sean Stewart and Danny Wayne
- Solidarity: Everybody In - Intersectionality and Allyship – March 27 at 6 p.m. University Hall Whitaker Room 110G; Presenters: Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC)
These are some links to a variety of online disability-related resources for employees, employers, students, and the general population.
Indiana State University Disability Student Services The Student Support Services program at Indiana State University coordinates support services for students with disabilities. The goals of these services are:
- to enable students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from University programs and activities by providing services, accommodations, and assistive technology;
- to ensure the University environment is free of both physical barriers and barriers of attitude;
- to encourage students with disabilities to become as independent and self-reliant as possible, and to inform students that it is their responsibility to secure services and accommodations; and
- to provide information and consultation about specific disabilities to the entire University community.
Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) connects people with disabilities and disadvantages to jobs and the security and purpose that work brings. We fulfill our mission by sustaining good jobs in our mission-based businesses, offering high-quality job training and helping businesses to recruit committed employees.
AskJAN.org is an online resource center designed to provide employers, people with disabilities, their family members, service providers, educators, and others with technical assistance on job accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is a good resource for college students with disabilities. It contains links to specific kinds of information, including how college students with disabilities should prepare to take courses.
The Indiana Governor's Council of Peoples with Disabilities is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Our mission is to advance the independence, productivity, and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research, and advocacy.
Coming to College
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities - The Office for Civil Rights provides vital information in preparing for the transition to postsecondary education.
The Americans with Disabilities Act - The Department of Justice provides in-depth information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act including requirements, technical assistance, resources, etc.
College Scholarships - Information is provided on various scholarships available for postsecondary students.
Accessibility for Online Courses - This is a site for online courses and accommodation. This is helpful for professors but could also be used as a resource for students about the kind of accommodations that they may need to request.
Transitioning to Employment after College
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners - experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development - strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure - This guide is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives.
Job Accommodation Network - If you have a question about workplace accommodations or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, we can help.
CAP: Online Trainings - This is a resource page from CAP, a branch of the Department of Defense, with video links targeted at people who are around co-workers with disabilities, to provide assistive technology and accommodations, and to support individuals with disabilities and wounded, ill, and injured service members throughout the federal government in accessing information and communication technology.
Hulman Memorial Student Union
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
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