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Happy Holidays from Self-Advocates of Indiana

As 2016 comes to a close, we greatly appreciate your support of Self-Advocates of Indiana. 2016 has been a great year and we have made so much progress. Here are some of the highlights from this year:

  • Over 615 people in attendence at the 2016 Annual Picnic
  • Self-Advocates testfied on ABLE Act and Employment First legislation
  • 125 people attended the 2016 SAI Conference
  • Self-Advocates of Indiana elected 9 new first-time board members
  • 27 Presentations were given to self-advocate groups, community organizations, students, and state officials
  • Voter Registration Events were held across the state
We would like to say thank you and recognize all of our chapters and how much they do each day to advocate for people with disabilities in their communities. With the new year around the corner, SAI hopes to continue to make progress on issues that are important to people with disabilities.

Happy New Year!
Kelsey Cowley, President

2017 Dates Announced

all dates are subject to change
Tuesday, February 14
Valentine's Day at the State House

Monday, May 1*
South Regional Meeting

Wednesday, May 3*
North Regional Meeting

Friday, May 5*
Central Regional Meeting

Friday, July 14 (tentative)
2017 SAI Picnic

Wednesday, November 15
SAI Conference & Annual Meeting in partnership with The Arc of Indiana Conference & Impact Awards Luncheon
*Please attend the regional meeting closest to you. Specific locations to be determined.

Looking Ahead to the 2017 Legislative Session

Self-Advocates of Indiana has always been an active voice for legislation that leads to more inclusive communities and better lives for individuals with disabilities. 2017 will be no different. Together with The Arc of Indiana, we will work to make an impact on important issues including:

  • Supported Decision Making
  • Direct Support Professional Wages
  • Employment First Legislation & Implementation of WIOA
  • The ABLE Act
To read the entire 2017 Public Policy Agenda Executive Summary from The Arc of Indiana, click here.

Make sure you stay up to date on these important issues throughout 2017. Know your legislators and speak up on issues that are important to you. To find your legislators, click here.

To stay aware of important legislative updates during the 2017 legislative session, sign up for The Arc of Indiana's Legislative Action Alerts.

Mark Hublar Receives Leadership Award

Mark Hublar, a member of the Self-Advocates of Southern Indiana chapter, was named as the recipient of the Laura Lee Self-Advocate Leadership Award.

The award recognizes "A trailblazer who currently attends or has graduated within the last five years from a post-secondary education program for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities"

Mark received the award at The Annual State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities on December 1-2 in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Mark lives in New Albany, is a My Life My Choice Interviewer, and recent graduate of Jefferson Community Technical College.

HANDS in Autism Needs Your Input!

Do you want to share your story about your experiences with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the services that are provided for individuals with ASD? Do you want to tell more about some of your successes and the barriers you may have experienced? Do you want to have a voice in future changes and informing needed supports and changes across the state?

Take a moment to complete the Indiana Needs Assessment Survey, conducted by HANDS in Autism® at the IU School of Medicine on behalf of the State Family and Social Services Administration. Information provided in your responses to the anonymous survey will be used to inform and guide the Indiana Comprehensive State Plan for Individuals with ASD and efforts of agencies statewide.  Family members and other community partners are encouraged to complete the survey and share their perspectives, as well!

The survey is available in English here and in Spanish here.

Please contact HANDS in Autism® at (317) 274-2675 or with any questions. Thank you for your participation!

Click Here to Take Survey (English)

Governor-elect Holcomb Appoints New FSSA Secretary

INDIANAPOLIS - Governor-elect Eric Holcomb has announced that Dr. Jennifer Walthall will serve as the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Secretary effective January 9, 2017.

"Jennifer has extensive experience in the fields of public health and medicine," said Governor-elect Eric Holcomb.  "Her knowledge and expertise will bring a depth of understanding to the complexity of family and social services and I look forward to working with her in this role."
Dr. Jennifer Walthall currently serves as the Deputy Health Commissioner at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).  Previously, she was the Division Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.  She received her Bachelors degree from the University of Houston and attended the Indiana University School of Medicine.  She also received her Masters of Public Health from the Indiana University Department of Public Health. 
Self-Advocates of Indiana
107 N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN  46204
317-977-2385 — Fax

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