Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability
The Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability (FACD) was established in 2017 to be the community voice representing over 90,000 citizens of and for disability awareness in the City of Fishers and Hamilton County. In 2017, the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability received the Champions of Inclusion Award from the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities in recognition of their efforts. Learn more.
The committee’s mission is to bring the community together—businesses, organizations, residents with disabilities, and various stakeholders to establish priorities and strategies to address the various challenges and needs facing the disability community. Their goal is to promote inclusion and accessibility and to strive to make Fishers a community where people with physical and intellectual disabilities can live life without limits.
About the Committee
In 2022, the committee was codified and nine members were appointed by Mayor Scott Fadness. The Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability met for the first time in this new capacity on Tuesday, April 14, 2022, where Cecilia Coble and Kelly Hartman were elected co-chairs for 2022-2023.
The committee will further assist the City’s efforts of becoming a community where persons of all abilities are recognized as a key component to our vibrancy; where persons with disabilities are recognized as vital members of the community; and to establish priorities and strategies to address the various challenges and needs facing the disability community.
The Committee may perform the following:
- Provide strategic direction/guidance of: March Disability Awareness Month campaign & events, Fishers ADA Transition Plan, and any similar programming created by the City;
- Represent the diverse needs and interests of the people with intellectual and development disabilities in the City;
- Review and provide feedback on the City’s current services, policies and practices;
- Provide informed input on the development and assessment of future City projects and services that impact people with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
- Work in partnership with local area employers and community partners to increase employment and meaningful work opportunities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the City;
- Collaborate with disability stakeholders, community partners and city leaders to foster a culture of inclusivity and enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families;
- Adopt rules for affiliate memberships to encourage inclusivity and greater participation;
- Accept gifts, contributions, and bequests of funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, limited liability companies, and other organizations or institutions;
- Enter into contracts within the limitation of funds available with individuals, organizations and institutions for services furthering the objectives of the Committee; and
- Any City board or committee may refer projects which contemplate physical or intellectual disabilities to the Committee for its review and consideration.
March Disability Awareness Month
Every March, the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability and the City of Fishers celebrate National Disability Awareness Month with a series of special events and programs to bring awareness to what life is like for those with physical and intellectual disabilities. Learn more.
In the News
- Larry in Fishers / February 2022 podcast: March is Disability Awareness Month
- Fishers Magazine / March 2022 issue: The Joy of Inclusion
- Hamilton County Reporter / September 2020
Fishers launches inclusive social club for adults with disabilities
- Current in Fishers / December 2017
Coble, disability committee awarded 2017 Champions of Inclusion Award
City of Fishers Accessibility Initiatives
Fishers is recognized as being one of the best places to live in America, and it is important that this is true for all residents. We aim to optimize accessibility and to provide safe and usable pedestrian facilities, buildings, and parks for all residents. Through ongoing public input and a commitment to education and awareness, the City continues to ensure that Fishers one of the most livable, accessible, and best places to live in the United States. Learn more.