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11.13.19

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Welcome to the SAI 2021 Board of Directors!!
 
Willie Rosendaul
Nick Parker
Ryan Tingstrom
Nathan Griffey
Ashley Porter
Nitaya Lewis
Jennifer Grinstead
Melody Cooper (Past President)
Nicki Hinkle (Treasurer)
Sherry Stepp
Shawn Fulton (President)
Tim Townsend
Angie Townsend
Matthew Menchhofer
Danie'l Mize
Angie Smith
Megan Burger (Secretary)
Erik Smith (Sargent-at-Arms)
Courtney Clark (Vice President)
Leann Dusenberry
Erin McGuire
Indiana's State Plan to Implement Supported Decision Making (SDM)
by Courtney Clark

Supported decision making or (SDM) has continued to be a crucial topic on the table in The state of Indiana. For those who don’t know what supported decision making is it is a tool that allows people with disabilities to retain their decision making capacity by Giving them the opportunity to choose the people around them to help them make choices regarding their lives.
 
Last month I was asked to become a discussion leader so that I would be able to Lead discussions with
Other people with disabilities and or self  advocates on the topic of  supported decision making and The things they would like to see in the state plan For supported decision making as well as how they would like to see it play out .Not only was I honored to be asked to be part of this project ,but I was Glad to be a part of it because as we all know at Self advocates of Indiana we strive to advocate for our rights to Live A normal life just like everyone else  and to have the best quality of life we can.
 
In addition to applying to be a discussion Leader I was asked to partner with Amber OHaver The executive director of the Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (or INSILC) to create a presentation to help teach and provide my fellow discussion leaders with tips and tricks of how to approach their discussion sessions.
 
“Working with Courtney to develop and conduct a peer-to-peer training for our fellow Discussion Leaders with disabilities was a great opportunity to partner with one of my peers with disabilities to LEAD and DIRECT a presentation about Supported Decision-Making and the role of Discussion Leaders in the creation of the state plan for supported decision-making ,” said Amber OHaver. “We used the process of SDM as a tool to help us craft the presentation which is a great example of how people with disabilities can apply SDM in a professional setting to make decisions. I thoroughly enjoyed tag-teaming with Courtney on the training and look forward to joining forces with her again!”
 
 it was an absolute pleasure to work alongside people who are equally invested and passionate in the well-being of people with disabilities just as we are      
 
Self-Advocates of Bartholomew County Up and Running!
by Danie'l Mize

Hello my name is danie'l mize and I am going to talk to you guys about self advocacy and what my group has been doing since covid 19.  We just started our group back 3 months ago our first meeting was pizza party outback the Arc of Bartholomew County.  we talked about what we have been doing since covid.  Our second meeting we did a walk around a park.  Our third meeting we played bingo outback the Arc of Bartholomew County.  I know that times are scary and we are still social distancing ouselves and wearing masks. thanks for listening.
 
2020 Election Results

This year, Indiana residents voted for President, Governor, Congressmen and Congresswomen, State Representatives, and possibly your State Senator, depending on where you live. The results of the National and State-Wide elections are listed below.

United States President and Vice President:
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Indiana Governor: Eric Holcomb
Indiana Congressional District 1: Frank Mrvan
IN CD-2: Jackie Walorski
IN CD-3: Jim Banks
IN CD-4: James Baird
IN CD-5: Victoria Spartz
IN CD-6: Greg Pence
IN CD-7: Andre Carson
IN CD-8: Larry Bucshon
IN CD-9: Trey Hollingsworth

These are our representatives in the White House and United States Congress. When you are advocating for federal issues, these are the representatives you should contact. If you're not sure which congressional district you live in, try https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative, here you can enter your zip code to find your congressional representative and their contact information. NOTE: The new congress will not be sworn in until January, so Representatives Mrvan and Spartz will not come up in your search until January. 

Every State Representative is elected every 2 years and half the State Senate is elected every 2 years. To find your state senator and representative, try this link https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2681.htm to the Secretary of State's office. Here, you can input your address to find your federal, state, and local officials. Your state senators and representatives are who you would contact to advocate for issues being decided at the state level.
 
Self-Advocates of Indiana
143 W. Market Street, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-977-2375
317-977-2385 — Fax

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