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We Change Lives by Changing Systems

The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities (GCPD) improves the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities in Indiana by strategically funding grants, influencing public policy and training people with disabilities and their family members to more effectively communicate and advocate for themselves and their communities. GCPD works to ensure that people with disabilities can live independent and productive lives in the community with the supports and services that they need to maximize their potential. The following is a snapshot of just some of the work that GCPD has done in the past five years:

  • Increase the availability of accessible and diverse housing in Indiana
  • Increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities
    • Improve transportation coordination and access
  • Empower people with disabilities to protect themselves from abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Registered 11,022 individuals with disabilities to vote
  • Recruited 28,867 individuals with disabilities to join Indiana’s statewide disability advocacy coalition

Over 130 policies and programs were created or improved through Council activities and collaborations, including policies that:

  • Provided greater and safer access to the community for people with disabilities through the adoption of municipal ordinances and/or regulations
    • Helped open the doors for individuals with developmental disabilities to attend colleges and universities around the state

Assisted with the statewide adoption of “Employment First” which makes integrated community employment at competitive wages as the first and preferred outcome for all people with disabilities

  • People with disabilities and families are members of boards and leadership coalitions and remain active in grassroots advocacy since receiving training
    • In the words of one recent trainee: “For me, this has been a life changing experience. I now feel that I CAN be the change I want to see in the world.