Each March, we celebrate Disability Awareness Month throughout Indiana. On this, the 30th year for this important event, we chose the theme “People, Not Punchlines” to acknowledge an ugly truth: Persons with disabilities are sometimes turned into objects of ridicule. But rather than being the butt of a joke, each individual in our campaign uses humor to open a conversation and highlight ways in which we can all understand each other better.
There are 54 million Americans with disabilities. Adults and children with disabilities represent nearly a fifth of Indiana’s population. There’s nothing funny about the ignorance and naivety that often keep us from connecting with our fellow Hoosiers.
March 1 - International Wheelchair Day
March 5 - Multiple Personality Day
March 8 - International Women's Day
March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day
March 26 - Purple Day for Epilepsy
These are some links to a variety of online disability-related resources for employees, employers, students, and the general population.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
College Scholarships - Information is provided on various scholarships available for postsecondary students.
Resource Guide for Parents of Students with Disabilities Understanding ADA, Section 504, IDEA and IEP - In this guide, readers will find information about the rights of students who have disabilities and what schools are required to provide so they have equal opportunity for academic success.
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.
Transitioning to Employment after College
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.
Disabled Person - the Premier National Job Board for People with Disabilities. Since 2002 they have been providing work opportunities to disabled community. They work with thousands of proactive employers who are looking to hire people with disabilities. They list jobs in every state and in most cities across the U.S. You do not need to register to apply for a job. However, it is suggested that you post a resume on the site or sign up for Email Job Alerts.
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.
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