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Celebrating Disability Awareness Month

This month's newsletter highlights some of the awesome work of our self-advocates around the state who have been busy speaking in their communities, testifying on important legislation, and raising awareness. What have you been doing for March Disability Awareness Month? We'd love to see, so send us your photos and stories. You can send them to
Video from the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities' Disability Awareness Campaign, "Be Cool, We Are".

Deer Run Elementary School Presentation

SAI Speakers Bureau members, Shawn Rector, Courtney Clark, and Nicki Hinkle spoke to over 200 third through fifth grade students at Deer Run Elementary in Indianapolis for March Disability Awareness Month. Students at Deer Run had been learning about disabilities during the Month of March. The panelists answered questions about their lives and the supports they need to be independent. They also talked about words and actions that can be hurtful to people with disabilities. Donner, Courtney's service dog, was a huge hit with the students!

AWA spreads awareness at local libraries

By Leann Dusenbery

This March was big for booths!  Awesome Westside Advocates (AWA) set up booths 3 times in March 2019.

The first one was at Brownsburg Public Library on March 2nd  for Disability Awareness Month. We passed out quizzes, small books, color sheets, and information to visitors. Courtney's service dog, Donner, attracted people to our area.  A surprise guest was the Creative Director for the GCPD Disability Awareness Month Campaign!
The second booth was at Avon High School on March 5th for the Westside Secondary Transition Council Fair.  Our emphasis was on self-advocacy and our local group.  With more than seventy displays, the event was well attended.  
The third booth was at Plainfield Public Library on March 27th to pass out Disability Awareness information.

A Message from the SAI Board of Directors

A message from the Self-Advocates of Indiana Board of Directors regarding Disability Awareness Month.

Don't Miss the Regional Meetings

SAI is headed to a city near you for our annual Regional Meetings. Instead of making you drive all the way to Indianapolis, we are coming to three different locations in Indiana to bring you updates about SAI and to hear from you. This event is open to all members. Feel free to attend whichever location is best for you.

April 17

Central Regional Meeting
New Hope of Indiana
11 AM to 1:30 PM

April 24

Northern Regional Meeting
Paladin Michigan City
11 AM to 1:30 PM

April 30

Southern Regional Meeting
Clubhouse @ Hawthorn Glen
4 PM to 6:30 PM

SAI Member Receives Justin Dart Award

Jonathan Wilfong received the Justin Dart Personal Achievement Award from INARF. Jonathan is the President of the Four Rivers Gang Self-Advocates and SAI Region 4 Board Member. The Justin Dart Personal Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has participated in services through an INARF member organization and who has maximized their skills and abilities to achieve their chosen goals. Achievements may include volunteerism, advocacy on behalf of disability issues, and/or upward mobility and dedication to reaching their personal goals. Congratulations, Jonathan! You can watch Jonathan's nomination video by clicking "Watch Video" below.  Photo Credit: INARF
Watch Video

Self-Advocates at the State House

SAI Region 8 Board Member, Danie'l Mize, from Columbus testified to the Indiana House Ways and Means committee about the DSP crisis. Danie'l shared how staff turnover affects individuals who receive services and how staff often leave for higher paying jobs. The goal of Daniel's testimony was to encourage Indiana to include a DSP wage increase in the State Budget.
Self-Advocates of Indiana Board Treasurer, Nicki Hinkle, testified on Senate Bill 380, the Supported Decision Making bill, to the House Judiciary Committee on March 18. Nicki testified on behalf of SAI and shared how Supported Decision Making is an important option for people with disabilities to remain independent and make choices. The bill was approved by the committee and on March 25 it was unanimously approved by the Indiana House of Representatives. This means it is now on it's way to Govenor Holcomb to sign into law. This is great news for individuals with disabilities!

Upcoming Employment First Town Halls

Bloomington: April 10, 5 pm to 7 pm, Monroe Convention Center, 302 S. College
Lafayette: April 16, 5 - 7 pm, Downtown Lafayette Public Library, 627 South Street
Evansville: April 24, 5 – 7 pm Central, McCullough Library, 5115 Washington Ave
Muncie: April 24, 5- 7 pm, Muncie Public Library, 2005 S High St.
Richmond: May 16, 5 pm to 7 pm, Richmond Public Library, 80 N. 6th Street
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Indianapolis, IN 46204
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