Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

January 23, 2013

Disability Awareness Month materials now available to public


— The Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities is offering free materials to spread awareness of the positive impact made by people with disabilities and assist Hoosiers in planning disability awareness activities that take place across Indiana each March in honor of Disability Awareness Month.

There are more than a million people with disabilities living in Indiana. Each year, the Governor's Council facilitates Disability Awareness Month by providing free resource materials to promote inclusion, independence, and employment for all Hoosiers with disabilities.

Materials include information and activity planning packets, with topics ranging from planning disability-focused art contests to increasing ADA awareness in businesses. In addition, the council offers materials such as posters, bookmarks, and stickers - all at no charge.

The 2013 Disability Awareness Month theme is "Community Connections." The campaign poster shows civic engagement and neighbors supporting one another, as well as several physical and environmental features that make a community a livable community. The theme is meant to remind that for communities to grow and prosper, they must be fully accessible - with appropriate housing and community services that allow everyone to live independently. This year's campaign materials are sponsored by Duke Energy.

As in previous years, Disability Awareness Month 2013 will be celebrated with community-based activities carried out by thousands of people across the state.

To order a kit online, visit the website at www.indianadisabilityawareness.org. For a printed copy of the order form, call the council at 232-7770 or e-mail to gpcpd@gpcpd.org.