Self-Advocates of Indiana Newsletter
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Count Us In!

Self-Advocate chapters around Indiana have been busy preparing for the 2016 Election. Chapters across the state hosted voter registration drives, voter education events, and helped spread the word about the importance of people with disabilities voting in this election. You voice matters, so remember to vote on Tuesday, November 8! 

You can find your polling location here:

If you have any issues voting at the polls on election day, you can contact Indiana Disability Rights' Election Day Hotline all day at 800.622.4845

Noble, The Arc of Greater Indianapolis, held a legislative forum on September 8. Approximately 60 people attended, including 12 legislative candidates, individuals, families, staff and other members of the community.
Awesome Westside Advocates members registered people to vote at The Brownsburg Library.
The Arc of Gibson County held a candidate meet & greet for
self-advocates and their families.

AWA holds Voter Drive at the local library

By Leann Dusenberry
October 11, 2016 was the last day to register to vote in Indiana. Seven members of Awesome Westside Advocates, Indianapolis, In encouraged people to register or check the website. They were stationed at the front door of the Brownsburg Library from Noon to 4 p.m. They handed out "Your Vote is Your Voice" booklets and little paper slips with the voter registration website. At least two people registered to vote that day while in the library because of the information. Others found out about early voting at the library.


Self-Advocates of Tomorrow holds mock election 

Self-Advocates of Tomorrow (SAT), Columbus, In focused its September and October membership meetings on the upcoming election. In September SAT board members researched the positions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and provided a program with information on their biographies as well as their stance, as it related to individuals with disabilities, on Education, Employment, Health Care and Disability Rights and Issues. Information on voting in Indiana - such as registration deadlines, voting rights and requirements- was also presented.

In October SAT hosted a meeting with State Representative candidates Bob Pitman and Milo Smith who shared information about their background. Questions from SAT members and discussion focused on Employment, Education, Housing and Residential Options and DSP pay. October was also SAT's Annual Meeting in which they held their own election and Jacob Taylor was elected the new President for the coming year. The meeting ended with a "Mock Election" in which Hillary Clinton was voted the member's preference for President and Bob Pittman for State Representative.

The Arc of Gibson County held a Voter Registration Drive and Candidate Meet & Greet where they registered 14 self-advocates that will vote for the first time this November.
(Click on the photo to see the article in The Princeton Daily Clarion)
ADEC teamed up with their County Clerk's office to provide voter education. Self-Advocates at ADEC learned about their voting rights and how to use the electronic voting machines.
(Click on the photo to read more)

2016 Election Guide

Learn where candidates for national and state office stand on issues impacting people with developmental disabilities in The Arc's 2016 Election Guide. The guide also includes information on voting deadlines and what to do if you encounter inaccessible polling sites on November 8.

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How to be an Informed Voter
Click on the photo to view video "How to be an Informed Voter"
More from Indiana Disability Rights

SAI Speakers Bureau

Are you interested in speaking in your community about issues that are important to you? Do you want to spread awareness about disabilities and educate others? Do you want to get paid to do it?
Together with The Arc of Indiana, Self-Advocates of Indiana is re-launching the SAI Speakers Bureau. A Speakers Bureau is a group of paid self-advocate presenters who raise awareness and educate the public on issues important to individuals with disabilities, including employment, supported decision making, and disability awareness.
We are looking to hire speakers from around the state of Indiana. Click "Learn More" to find the Speakers Bureau Fact Sheet and Application.

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The 2016 SAI Conference was held on Wednesday, September 14 at The Palms Banquet & Conference Center. Over 75 self-advocates attended the conference. Self-Advocates attended sessions on voting, Special Olympics, financial exploitation, and Supported Decision Making. SAI also recognized individuals who are making an impact in their self-advocate chapters and communities. 
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Mayor of Lebanon Swears in Aktion Club Officers

On October 11, Lebanon Mayor Matt Gentry attended the Aktion Club of Greater Boone County's monthly meeting. During the meeting, the Mayor thanked each of the outgoing Aktion Club officers for their service and swore in each of the incoming officers into their new roles. Self-advocates, staff, community members, and the local sheriff attended the meeting. 

Aktion Club members took time to thank the mayor for attending and for listening to the concerns of self-advocates. In September, Aktion Club officer, Kim Milas, visited the mayor's office to discuss some important safety concerns, specifically the speed of cars passing outside her agency. The mayors office acted quickly and had a radar speed limit signed placed outside The Arc of Boone County's building to help monitor speed and encourage drivers to slow down. 

Thank you to Kim for being a great advocate and to Mayor Gentry to listening to the concerns of self-advocates.

Meet Your SAI Executive Officers

Kelsey Cowley, President
Nicki Hinkle, Vice President
Nitaya Lewis, Secretary
Shawn Fulton, Treasurer
Erik Smith, Sergeant-at-Arms
Melody Cooper, Past President
SAI President Interview
On September 14, the Self-Advocates of Indiana Board of Directors elected a new President, Kelsey Cowley. Click on the video to learn more about Kelsey and why she chose to run for President. You can email Kelsey at
The 2016 SAI Picnic brought together over 600 Hoosiers. Check out some of the photos from this year's picnic!
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Attend The Arc of Indiana 2016 Conference & Impact Awards Friday, November 18, The Horizon Convention Center in Muncie
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Register for the 2016 Indiana Conference on Disability, December 5 & 6 (Scholarships Available)
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Indianapolis, IN  46204
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