Dream to Dare 2013: Game-changing Communities

Register today for the December 3rd and 4th conference, Dream to Dare 2013: Game-changing Communities at the downtown Westin!

Deadlines: Scholarship Application: Friday October 18
           Registration: Friday, November 15

           Hotel reservations: Saturday, November 2, 5 pm

Print copies of registration materials and accessible formats are available on request from the Council office: gpcpd@gpcpd.org or 317-232-7770

Registration Brochure and Program Information (PDF)
-Brochure includes program information, Registration Form, Scholarship Application, and Access and Personal Care Attendant Request.

Registration Form: Due by November 15 (Open doc)

Scholarship Application: Deadline October 18 – scholarships are available for recipients of TANF, SSDI or SSI(Open doc) (will send once this has been assigned)

Access and Personal Care Attendant Request: Access requests and assistance needs (Open doc)

Program Information

Dream to Dare theme
Keynote Speakers
Conference Presenters
Conference Overview and Plenary sessions
Tuesday Workshops
Additional Information

Dream to Dare theme

This year’s conference, Dream to Dare 2013: Game-changing Communities, sponsored by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, focuses on taking the important next steps to create sustainable communities where all people are welcomed and valued as contributing citizens.

Dream to Dare brings together a cross section of people of all ages and ethnicities, with and without disabilities, who represent: city and local government; architectural planners and developers; entrepreneurs and business leaders; philanthropy, academic, social service and student leaders; and the arts, health and faith communities.

Our goal is to create a platform for a serious conversation about the creation of communities that are healthy, intergenerational, sustainable and friendly, and adopt the concept of mixed use of land and housing, complete streets and purposeful use of the public realm.

Keynote Speakers

Ed McMahon, J.D. Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy, Urban Land Institute (ULI), Washington, D.C.

Ed McMahon is nationally known as a leading authority on topics such as sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth and historic preservation. At ULI, McMahon leads worldwide efforts to conduct research and educational activities related to environmentally sensitive development policies and practices.

Before joining the Institute, McMahon spent 14 years as the vice president and director of land use planning for the Conservation Fund in Virginia where he helped protect more than 5 million acres of historic land. Before that, he taught law and public policy for nine years at Georgetown University, where he helped direct a clinical program and legal education institute, as well as wrote educational textbooks, and numerous articles on law and government.

McMahon is the co-founder of the nonprofit Scenic America and author or coauthor of 15 books, including Developing Sustainable Planning Communities and Green Infrastructure: Connecting Landscape and Communities. He is also a board member of the Orton Family Foundation, whose mission is to help people in small cities and towns navigate change in a way that honors their connection to community. The Foundation prepares citizens to steward change that upholds their shared community values, which serve as the foundation for future decisions.

Kevin Leyden, Ph.D. Professor of Political Science, School of Political Science and Sociology & The Whitaker Institute, National University of Ireland

Dr. Kevin Leyden’s current research focuses primarily on the relationship between urban design, social capital, health and well-being. His research has been published in the American Journal of Public Health; Environmental Health Perspectives; Environment International; Urban Affairs Review; Health & Place; American Journal of Health Promotion; American Journal of Preventive Medicine; Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and
Planning; and Policy Studies Journal, among others.
He is currently leading the research workgroup associated with a recently awarded EU/ESF-funded COST Transit & Urban Development grant titled "People Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World." The purpose of the COST action is to promote research and practitioner networks focused on improving the livability of cities and their neighborhoods.

Conference Presenters

Attend workshops and panels led by local and national experts on a variety of community-focused topics. A partial list includes:
Brent Aldrich Herron School of Art and Design
Sharon Baggett, Ph.D. University of Indianapolis, Center for Aging and Community
Marie Beason Indiana Grantmakers Alliance
Ed Bell Governor’s Council Board Member, Consultant, Speaker
Peter Berg DBTAC Great Lakes ADA Center
John Britain, Jr. Audrey’s Place
Rick Brooks Little Free Libraries
Mary Clare Carlson People First Wisconsin
Linda Dunno AARP
Ric Edwards ADA Indiana
Andy Fraizer Indiana Association for Community Economic Development
Katrina Gossett, JD Governor’s Council Board Member, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Mike Green Asset-Based Community Development Institute
Christopher Hart Institute for Human Centered Design
Kim Irwin Health by Design, Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit
Ashley Kimmel Crooked Creek Community Development Corporation
Robert King The Indianapolis Star
Brandy McCord Ms. Wheelchair Indiana 2013
Nancy Morris Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Jason Roberts Build Better Blocks
Dana Robinson CICOA, Aging & In-Home Solutions
David Smith, Ph.D. Ethicist
Erika Smith The Indianapolis Star
Phil Stafford, Ph.D. Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Center on Aging and Community
Kaitlin Thompson GimpGirl Community
Jennie Todd Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Center on Aging and Community
Karen Freeman-Wilson Mayor of Gary, Ind.

Conference Overview and Plenary Sessions


8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens (remains open until 6:30 p.m.)

9:00 – 11:45 a.m. Opening Session Welcome and Opening Remarks: Unveiling of the 2014 March Disability Awareness Month campaign poster

Champions of Community-Celebrate the contributions of Indiana’s community champions. We will recognize the 2013 Community Spirit Award Winners, including the Distinguished Leadership Award and Disability Awareness Campaign Award.

10:00 a.m. Assistive Technology Lab Opens (remains open until 6:30 p.m.)

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Keynote Session: A Tale of Two Cities: Projections show the U.S. will increase its population by 100 million by 2050. What does this mean for Indiana? Are we poised to compete in a global economy? How will our communities address a population who values relationships between people and place? Ed McMahon will take you on a walking tour of past and present communities, asking us to Dream to Dare and envision a community of the future – one that works for all. A game-changing community.

11:45 a.m. – Noon Break/Exhibit Viewing

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Panel Session; The Essence of Community -This panel will provide a wide-angle look at livable, sustainable communities and is a precursor to the workshops that will follow in the afternoon. The panelists will introduce you to an array of cutting-edge initiatives and planning tools for developing a livable community. Subjects to be covered include Build a Better Block, Universal Design, Americans with Disabilities Act, Complete Streets, Asset Building, Little Free Libraries, Time Banks, Transportation and more.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break/Exhibit Viewing

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Five Concurrent Workshops

4:30 – 4:45 p.m. Break/Exhibit Viewing

4:45 – 6:15 p.m. Five Concurrent Workshops

6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Break: Use this time to freshen up and relax before the reception.

7:00 – 9:15 p.m. Reception: Strolling with Mickey down Main Street U.S.A. "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are. Anything your heart desires, will come to you." Come dressed as your favorite Disney character or in turn-of-the-century garb, and enjoy refreshments, music and dancing.


8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall and Assistive Technology Lab Open (remain open until 9:30 a.m.)

7:45 – 9:15 a.m. Sit-down Breakfast

9:15 – 11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion Heart and Soul of Community - This panel will engage in a conversation focused on identifying what community means, the characteristics of a livable community, the barriers and challenges encountered, and the victories Indiana has already accomplished. Panel members represent all aspects of community including the aging population, public officials, economic development, ethicists, small business owners, news reporters, young professionals with disabilities, and others.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Closing Keynote Session Social Capital and the Built Environment: Unleashing the Community Spirit Researchers agree that social networks and community involvement have positive consequences, including longer lifespans and improved physical and mental health. In this session, Kevin Leyden, Ph.D., will share findings regarding the built environment: pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use neighborhoods and the correlation to social engagement and social capital. He will challenge you to be active participants, rather than bystanders, in creating livable communities to unleash the community spirit.

Tuesday Workshops

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Five Concurrent Workshops

Build a Better Block: In this workshop, you will learn how to transform communities one block at a time from the inventor of the "Better Block" project – a tool that shows the potential of creating a walkable, vibrant neighborhood center. A local expert will also describe how this concept has been adopted in an Indianapolis neighborhood.

Making Person-to-Person Connections: Personal connections are the basis of community. This workshop will demonstrate the many ways you can get involved in your community, from connecting online to meeting face-to-face with people who enjoy the same activities as you.

The Intersection Where ADA and Livability Meet: Many communities present barriers – either physical or programmatic – which prevent people with disabilities from participating in full community life. This workshop will examine the aspects of access and usability, and explore what aspects of the built community must be accounted for from the planning stage forward.

Creating a Little Free Library: If you enjoy reading and want to share your books with neighbors, join us and learn how to create Little Free Libraries. These dollhouse-sized lending libraries are popping up on lawns in at least 24 states and eight countries.

Power Lies Within the Community: In this workshop, learn about Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) – people working together for the well-being of their home community. This relationship-building provides a path to organize groups in a community to act together for the common good, while building power through relationships.

4:45 – 6:15 p.m. Five Concurrent Workshops

Emergency Preparedness: Developing a Community Plan - Recent disasters – floods, tornadoes, explosions, chemical spills – have brought our neighbors out of their homes and into the streets to help others. Preparedness is key to survival, and this workshop will provide insights and tips on what you, your family and friends can do to know your community resources and prepare for a disaster.

Building and Supporting Livable Communities: This workshop will feature candid conversations with persons who have undergone training in shaping decisions about their communities. Learn how they became engaged, what they are doing to influence how their neighborhood will change, how the training has made a difference and much more.

Time Banks: Return on Investment -Learn how to implement a time bank, an organized way of trading skills and having chores done without money changing hands, in your community. Time banks are like having an extended family around 24-7 to help in a pinch and allow you to share your skills and talents with your neighbors.

Complete Streets and Mass Transit: Moving All Around Town- Access to affordable and reliable mass transit and the creation of Complete Streets, are crucial to livable communities. In this workshop, you’ll hear from experts on the state of our nation and where Indiana ranks on these vital issues, and also receive insight into the role you can play in shaping public policy.

Power Lies Within Community (part 2): In this workshop, learn more about Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) – people working together for the well-being of their home community. This relationship-building provides a path to organize groups in a community to act together for the common good, while building power through relationships.

Additional Information

Assistive Technology Lab: Visit the assistive technology lab, sponsored by INDATA, to learn about the latest assistive technology and software available. You’ll see demonstrations of equipment and software, as well as learn about loans and funding assistance to purchase assistive technology.

Story Tent-- To capture and document the History of the Disability Rights Movement in Indiana, the Story Tent will be staffed by videographers and interviewers from the Center on Aging and Community of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. Please stop by and share your story. Videos will be posted online and also be part of a larger project co-sponsored by the Council, IPAS and IIDC to document and share the history of this Movement through the stories of Hoosiers who have lived it.

Community of Caring — Food Drive --Join us in being a caring member of the community! Please bring a canned good, boxed dinner or other non-perishable item to the conference. A collection barrel will be available at the registration table. We appreciate your donation to the food bank.

Eighth-Annual Disability Poll - We encourage you to take part in this year’s Disability Poll (topic to be determined). Computers will be set up in the registration area to capture your viewpoints and opinions. Your insights are important to us and can help shape public policy.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)-- The conference has been approved for continuing education units (CEUs) through the Indiana University School of Social Work.

Exhibitors and Door Prizes-- Be sure to visit our exhibitors for a chance to win a door prize! Drawings for door prizes will be conducted during lunch on Tuesday. You must be present to win

Access Information/Limited Attendant Care: The conference has accessible meeting space.
Sign language interpreters and documents in alternate formats will be available upon prior request. The conference will provide very limited personal care attendant services. Participants requiring substantial assistance must secure their own attendants. See registration form for fees. Complete the Access and Personal Care Attendant Request Form if applicable

Scholarship Applicants-- Please enclose proof of SSI, SSDI or TANF with scholarship application. Scholarship requests will not be processed without documented proof.

This Conference is Fragrance Free! Conference participants should keep in mind that some colleagues have chemical sensitivities to such things as scented personal care products and smoke. All would appreciate your thoughtful consideration. Smoking is prohibited.

Medical Emergency Policy: It is important that all attendees have a plan in case of an unexpected medical emergency, including:

  • The names and phone numbers of persons to be notified
  • Physician names and phone numbers
  • Hospital preference
  • Medical history
  • Health insurance card(s)
  • List of prescription medications

The conference will abide by the Medical Emergency Policy of the Westin Hotel. The Council does not have the expertise or means to transport people to the hospital or other medical facilities. In the event of a medical emergency, the person will be given a choice of what services he/she requires, where to be taken and by whom to be treated. In the event the person is:

  • Not conscious,
  • Unable to make a decision, or
  • Does not have a person to represent them regarding medical decisions, the hotel security and local emergency personnel (911) will be contacted.


A block of rooms at the Westin Hotel Indianapolis has been reserved at special rates. Please mention the conference when registering to receive the discounted rate. Parking rates are in addition to costs below.

Host Hotel Westin, Downtown Indianapolis 50 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 262-8100

Rates Single, double – $89/day*
Self and valet parking are available.
*Tax rate on all rooms is 17% (not included in above rate)

ROOM Reservation deadline is 5 p.m., Saturday, November 2, 2013

General Participants- Call the hotel directly, you are responsible for your lodging reservations. If you are a general participant and you need a wheelchair accessible room you must contact Sandy Kite Hunt.

Scholarship recipients- Submit the scholarship application form requesting overnight accommodations. Do not call the hotel as all arrangements will be handled by Sandy Kite Hunt.

Sandy Kite Hunt Dream to Dare Conference (317) 786-7272 (voice and fax) (866) 786-7272 toll-free (voice and fax) skh4hog@comcast.net