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From The President

With the picnic fast approaching, we are looking forward to seeing everyone from all of our chapters. We are excited about the new location at Hummel Park in Plainfield, IN. In this issue we've included everything you need to know about the picnic, including a map and directions to get to the park. 

Since the last issue, we have been busy with preparing for the picnic, giving presentations around the state, and holding our regional meetings. Thank you to everyone who attended the meetings in Jeffersonville, Goshen, and Greenwood. We enjoyed visiting your local communities and hearing from you. 

While we are excited about the upcoming picnic, we are also very concerned about the proposed cuts and caps to Medicaid as part of the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA). If you have time this week, I would encourage you to contact Indiana Senator's Joe Donnelly and Todd Young and tell them why Medicaid is important to your life and independence. We have included more detail below about how and where to contact their offices.

Our advocacy efforts do not end after the state legislative session, we need your voice now more than ever.

See you in a few weeks!
-Kelsey Cowley

2017 Self-Advocates of Indiana Annual Picnic

The 2017 Self-Advocates of Indiana Annual Picnic is right around the corner. We are excited to celebrate another successful year of self-advocacy with all of our members from around the state. This year our picnic will be at new location. See below for all the information you need to know about this year's picnic.

The 2017 SAI Annual Picnic
Food, games, fun, friends, and more!

Friday, July 14, 2017 from 10 AM to 3 PM

The Charleston Pavilion at Hummel Park
5373 S County Road 700 East, Plainfield, IN 46168

Self-Advocates, staff, family members, and community members

How Much?
 $15 for SAI Members & Helpers, $20 for Non-Members

You can register at

Registration Deadline has been extended to Friday, July 7 

Register here

Directions To Hummel Park

From I-70: Take I-70 to Exit 66 for IN-267 N in Plainfield. From I-70 E, take Exit 66 and turn Left onto IN-267 (Quaker Rd). From I-70 W, take Exit 66 and turn Right onto IN-267. Turn Left onto Hadley Rd. At the traffic circle, continue straight onto E County Rd 600 S. At the next traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Sugar Grove Rd. Turn Right into the entrance for Hummel Park. Follow signs for The Charleston Pavilion.


The Self-Advocates of Indiana Annual Picnic would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Thank you to all the organizations and individuals who make this annual event a success. We'd like to take the time to recognize the 2017 Self-Advocates of Indiana Picnic Sponsors.

Advocacy Links, LLC
Autism Society of Indiana
Futures Case Management
FSSA/DDRS in support of The Arc Advocacy Network
Governor's Council for People with Disabilities
Indiana Disability Rights
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
The Arc of Indiana

Contact Your Senators Today

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) which was passed by the House of Representatives has now been delayed for a vote in the Senate until after the Independence Day recess. The delay means there is more time to speak up and talk to your Senators.

The proposed health care bill includes cuts and caps to Medicaid that could significantly hurt services and supports that individuals with disabilities rely on. Medicaid is vital to the support and independence of so many of our members and allows people with disabilities to receive Home and Community Based Services which allows them to maintain independence, achieve employment, and receive the care they need. 

What you can do:

  • Call Your Senators
    • Senator Todd Young
      • Phone (Indianapolis): 317-226-6700
      • Phone (Washington, D.C.): 202-224-5623
    • Senator Joe Donnelly 
      • Phone (Indianapolis): 317-226-5555
      • Phone (Washington, D.C.): 202-224-4814 
  • Visit Your Senator's Local Office
  • Make a short video: What does Medicaid mean to you? Your story matters! Take out your smartphone and make a quick video explaining what Medicaid does for you or someone you love, upload it to Facebook or Twitter to share your story. Tag @thearcus and use the hashtag #USSpeaksout. The Arc of the United States has created signs you can print out and hold during your video. 
  • Educate & Share information with your family and friends

We need your help to contact Indiana's Senators and tell them how you rely on Medicaid and the Medicaid Waiver to live your lives. Our Senators will be back in Indiana over The Independence Day recess, so now is a great time to call and tell them why Medicaid matters to you.

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Isreali Film Festival Features "My Hero Brother"

The Arc of Indiana is proud to be a sponsor of “My Hero Brother,” a documentary that will be featured at the Indianapolis Israeli Film Festival on Sunday, July 9.
“My Hero Brother” is a documentary featuring the remarkable story of a group of young people with Down syndrome who embark on a demanding trek through the Himalayas, accompanied by their siblings. As they deal with physical and emotional challenges, conflicts surface and friendships develop.
We invite you to join us on Sunday, July 9, 7:00 pm at the Jewish Community Center, 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, to view “My Hero Brother.”
Please help spread the word by sharing with your networks and on social media. 
Self-Advocates of Indiana
107 N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN  46204
317-977-2385 — Fax

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