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03.31.2021

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Happy March!! This Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we would like to celebrate the amazing self-advocates that make Self-Advocates of Indiana such an incredible organization. SAI has 47 local chapters and hundred of members across the State of Indiana. Our representatives serve on state and local boards, committees, and workgroups, and they play important part in passing advancing policies that fight for inclusion and accessibility for ALL Hoosiers. This month (and every month!), we're celebrating YOU!!
New Monthly Issues Forum
We are very excited to announce the launching of our SAI Monthly Issues Forum!! 
 
Our first Forum will be April 14th at 4:00pm EDT when we will be hosting Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and incoming DDRS Director Kim Opsahl! They will be giving updates on the 2021 Legislative Session and 1102 Task Force recommendations (as well as taking audience questions). 

To register for this event, please visit:
 http://weblink.donorperfect.com/AprilIssuesForum
2021 Valentine's Day at The Statehouse Review
by Courtney Clark
 
As we all know this year has caused us to find new ways to adapt to this “new normal” leaving us wanting things to go back to the way they used  to be. Keeping that in mind SAI found a way to make one our biggest events happen. Valentine's Day at the Statehouse looked a little different than ever before.
 
Making a couple small changes we were able to have the event virtually and making it a week long event instead of just one day, giving the Self Advocates plenty of opportunities to tell their legislators what they are passionate about, what matters to them, what concerns them, but, most importantly, it gives them the opportunity to connect with the people who make the laws that impact their lives
 
Last but definitely not least this year's event  went really well and we are extremely proud of the way it turned out and we can’t wait tosee you all in person soon!!!
 
New SAI YouTube Videos
SAI has produced several new videos on topics related to the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Click on the banner to visit our channel, and be sure to check out "Why I Got Vaccinated" and "You Are Essential To Us"!
 
How Do You Get a Service Dog?
Over the past few years I have had a handful of people coming up to me asking two questions.  The first one is “where did I get my service dog ?"  and  “what is the process like?”
 
Let me start off by saying this there are several different companies that train service dogs, but here are the reasons I chose the one I did. CCI or Canine Companions for Independence has over 40 years of experience training service dogs, which helps people with disabilities like us live independent lives and it was of no cost to me which is a main concern for most people.
 
 When I started the application process for the first time back in 2007 I was so excited to finally be gaining a sense of independence and doing things on my own even with my parents in the house. It made me feel free in a way I had never felt before.
 
As time went on I was blown away at just how many steps we had to go through when it was all said and done, but looks I am forever grateful for the long process because they were just making sure that I was up to the task and the responsibility of taking care of the one animal that was going to help me live my best life.
Self-Advocates of Indiana
143 W. Market Street, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-977-2375
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