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From left: Nicki Hinkle, Shawn Fulton, Melody Cooper and Jessica Kaneft plan the SAI December Board Meeting at The Arc of Indiana's offices on November 7th, 2019. (Photo: Jenna Watson/Indy Star)

During an executive meeting in November, Nicki, Shawn, Mel and Jess were part of an impromptu photo shoot.

The Indy Star is spotlighting non-profit organizations throughout Indiana as part of their Season for Sharing campaign. Executive Director, Kim Dodson, was interviewed about the mission of The Arc of Indiana and the people whom it aims to serve.

You can find the full article on the Indy Star's website
New Free Resource!
Check out the new free online resource, the Indiana Disability Justice & Violence Prevention HUB. This platform includes free content created for people with disabilities, service providers, caretakers, and anyone else who is interested in supporting people with disabilities.  The HUB was created by a coalition of people with disabilities/self-advocates, representatives of sexual and domestic violence prevention and intervention programs, disability service providers, and caregivers.

The working group that created The Hub is called the Indiana Abuse Prevention Disability Task Force (APDTF). The mission of The Task Force is to increase holistic wellness of people with disabilities through education, advocacy, restorative and transformative accountability, policy change, research, and action.  The Task Force created this space to ensure that violence prevention and disability justice materials created by survivors and people with disabilities who lead the movement to end violence are uplifted and accessible to anyone. Publications on the Task Force hub include: best practices, research, data and education posts, book reviews, media reviews (movies, tv, hashtags, etc), event reviews, and personal stories on disability, survivorship, and/or prevention.

How to Follow
Subscribe to free updates about the Task Force on the Online hub by “following” the Indiana Disability Justice and Violence Prevention Hub.  Create your patreon account and then click the “follow” button located at  When you follow us on Patreon, you will receive an email any time a new resource or update is published!  Notice that each post contains information about how to cite the publication following APA citation formatting.  We encourage everyone to feel free to utilize anything published on Patreon, and please be sure to give credit to the creators, authors, editors, research translators, story-tellers, and resource compilers who collaborate to bring you this amazing content!

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The workshop is held by the Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council.
The Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council is also called INSILC.
This workshop is FREE.
The workshop will be about the following things:
  • Voting
  • Elected Officials
  • The Legislative Process
  • Tracking Bills
  • Disability Rights
  • Advocacy
  • Bills in Indiana’s 2020 Legislative Session
  • Social Media
Elected officials are the people we vote for.
Elected officials create the laws.
The legislative process is the system of how an idea becomes a law.
These ideas are called bills.
Tracking bills is a process of finding out how close a bill is to becoming a law.
Disability rights are the legal rights of people with disabilities.
Advocacy is showing your support for or against a bill.
Your elected officials talk about new bills every year during legislative session.
Legislative session is the time where all of the elected officials meet to talk about bills and make new laws.
Social media includes Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Social media is a form online communication.
This workshop is held on three different days.
The first workshop is on December 12, 2019.
The second workshop is on January 13, 2020.
The third workshop is on January 30, 2020.
All of the workshops are from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
The address is 615 North Alabama Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
The building where the workshops will be held is called the English Foundation Building.
You can come to the workshop in person.
When you register click ONSITE to come in person.
You can also come to the workshop by watching it online.
When you register click LIVESTREAM to watch online.
You can register on our EventBrite webpage.
This is the registration link:
EventBrite is an online registration website.
You can also register by sending an email to Morgan Daly.
Morgan’s email address is
This is the additional information on the EventBrite page in easy-to-read text. 
Do you want to share your opinions about new bills in Indiana?
Do you want to learn how to talk to your elected officials?
Do you want to make sure good changes happen?
If you want to do these things then these are great workshops for you!
During the workshops you will work with other people with disabilities and partners.
You will learn and work on the following things:
  • You can register to vote.
  • You can update your voter registration.
  • You will learn about disability rights.
  • You will learn about the legislative process.
  • You will learn how to use social media for advocacy.
You will meet other people doing advocacy in your community

Elected for Inclusion: A Presidential Forum on Disability Issues

The Arc is excited to share that there will be a presidential forum on disability issues in Austin, Texas on January 13, 2020! The forum is organized through the American Association of People with Disabilities’ REV UP campaign , which The Arc’s national office is a part of, as are many state and local chapters of The Arc.

How can your chapter get involved? Sign up to host a watch party!

This is an important opportunity for the disability community to come together and learn about candidates’ stances on issues that are important to us.
Three steps to hosting a watch party:
  1. Register your event here by December 16. Five watch parties will be randomly chosen to win a $100 Visa gift card to help pay for party supplies, like food and drinks!*
  2. Download your watch party toolkit to get tips on what to do before, during, and after your watch party. The toolkit includes marketing materials, a bingo game, signs to make, and more!
  3. Post pictures at your party and tag The Arc of The United States on Facebook (TheArcUS) and Twitter (@thearcus).

Please note: All presidential candidates have been invited to attend this forum. It is a non-partisan, non-political event in accordance with 501(c)(3) rules
Forum Details

When: January 13, 2020
Where: Austin, TX (the forum will be livestreamed; more information to come!)
Time:  Begins at 10:00 a.m. CT (11:00 a.m. ET); end time is TBD
For more information, contact Claire Manning, Director of Advocacy & Mobilization at or 202-534-3716.

*No purchase necessary. Participants must be an active chapter of The Arc. You may enter by registering a watch party above or by sending your chapter and contact information to . One entry per chapter.

For more information click here
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