Council projects reflect the mission of the Council, " to promote public policy that leads to the independence, productivity and community integration and inclusion of people with disabilities in Indiana." Projects are funded as part of the implementation of the Council's Five Year State Plan. Some initiatives are carried out by staff, some by independent contractors and some through contracts with non profit community organizations. Self advocacy, community supports, leadership training; public awareness; transportation; disability vote and community advocacy are just some of the areas that the Council works in. Below you will find more specific information on some of the Council's projects:
- ADA Indiana
- Annual Conference for People with Disabilities
- Back Home in Indiana
- Community Spirit Awards Program
- Community Transportation Initiative
- Consumer Investment Fund
- Council E-News
- Count Us IN
- Developing Public Transit in Your Community
- Disability Awareness Month (March)
- Fifth Freedom Network
- On Target
- Partners in Policymaking
- Self Advocates of Indiana
Council funds support ADA Indiana to serve as a statewide resource for promoting the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Indiana. ADA Indiana looks at policy issues, sponsors training events and provides ADA mini-grants to organizations. This is a collaborative project between the Council, Institute for the Study of Disability and Community (IIDC), and Great Lakes ADA Center. For more information: http://www.adaindiana.org/
Every other year the Council hosts a statewide conference in late Fall for people with disabilities, families, advocates, and professionals. Presenters include national speakers and cutting edge information. Families and people with disabilities receive a discounted registration fee and those on Social Security, SSI or TANF may apply for partial scholarships.
The Back Home in Indiana Alliance (Back Home) comprises representatives from federal, state and local housing, advocacy and disability related organizations. Back Home is working to increase the availability of individual and dispersed, affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities. Currently in the second year of a three year project, Back Home in Indiana is working in 6 Indiana communities to train teams of people with disabilities and others to advocate increasing Indiana’s supply of affordable, accessible and integrated housing.
Community Spirit Awards Program
The Council established the Community Spirit Awards in 2006, as annual recognition of the efforts of those individuals and organizations that make a difference, through their advocacy efforts, to insure that people with disabilities and children with disability have the opportunity, supports, and access they need to become fully included in society. The two award categories are: the Distinguished Leadership Awards and the Disability Awareness Campaign Awards. Winners receive recognition during the awards luncheon at the Council annual conference and names and information about each winner will be posted on the website after the awards ceremony.
Community Transportation Initiative
The Community Transportation Initiative was a three year project to generate energy and creative ideas to promote an expanded transportation system in Indiana. The CTI project used an academy model to train teams representing leadership in service, business, and government from local communities in the state. The model uses a series of steps to create a working plan specific to the needs of a community. A guide was developed as a part of the project to assist interested communities to replicate the project. The steps in the guide can be used independently or as training tool for a larger class comprised of multiple teams. Developing Public Transit in Your Community: Curriculum and Resource Guide
Partly as a result of the CTI project, the Council was selected by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities to host a National Rural Transportation conference in October of 2003. A 100 page white paper/ final report of conference results is available on line National Summit on Transportation For People With Disabilities in Rural Settings Final report/"White Paper
Consumer Investment Fund
This program allows the Council to provide partial funding for people with disabilities and family members to enable them to attend and participate in events like conferences, public hearings, and workshops that reflect the "community inclusion" mission of the Council. The Council expects a return on its investment in the form of increased knowledge about issues and a commitment to share information with others, and to participate in community activities that will contribute to the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with disabilities.
The e-mail newsletter of the Council is distributed typically twice a month, but more often when the legislature is in session. It supplements the On Target print newsletter and is used to report breaking news and information about public hearings, policy issues, conferences, and related statewide news.
Count Us IN
Count Us IN was a two year project designed to increase the number of Hoosiers with disabilities who are involved in the electoral process as voters and volunteers and to assist in implementing the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). Follow the link below for a synopsis of Count Us IN activities, results, resources and information on opportunities for advocates to stay involved with ongoing efforts
Disability Awareness Month (March)
Get your community involved in Disability Awareness Month in March or anytime! Order your FREE materials today. Posters, bookmarks, stickers, brochures and twenty-two different planning packets are offered to community groups and advocates to assist in planning disability related events and activities. While the Council promotes March as Disability Awareness month, the packets can be used at any time during the year. Contact the Council for more information.
Fifth Freedom Network
A statewide network of disability advocates who are linked together and working to improve the quality of life for all citizens with disabilities. People with disabilities/families are being recruited to become Advocacy Coordination Team leaders (ACT) acting together to network important, time sensitive information about statewide disability issues that need immediate advocacy action. Another component of the network is the Community Organizing and Leadership Intern Program. Three communities are selected each year to participate in this program, which is a nine month, step by step plan to organize disability stakeholders in their respective communities. For more information or to join the network visit the website at: http://fifthfreedom.org/
Contact Fifth Freedom toll-free at: 1-866-441-2577 or TTY: 1-800-889-3443, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners In Policymaking
Every other year the Partners in Policymaking Academy offers eight weekends of intensive training to a new class of 35 people with disabilities and family members. Partners is designed to educate participants to be active partners with those who make policy. Partners curriculum utilizes national and state presenters and promotes the values of integration/ inclusion. Partners believe that all people with disabilities should be respected and contributing members of their communities.
Class begins in October of even numbered years and runs for eight months ending with graduation in May. Click here for more details about the program or to apply.
Self Advocates of Indiana
A project to assist in expanding the organizational capacity of Self Advocates of Indiana. The project is a collaborative initiative between the Council, the ARC of Indiana and the Institute for the Study of Disability and Community. For more information visit their website: http://www.saind.org/