March Disability Awareness 2021

March Disability Awareness Month

For the past six years, the City of Fishers and the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability have focused on accommodation, education, and celebration of individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. These efforts were recognized in 2017 by the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities when the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability received the Champions of Inclusion Award.

During the 2021 March Disability Awareness Month, we celebrate our achievements in building an inclusive community, including expanded employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities through partnerships with local businesses; the creation of groups such as the Aktion Club and Thrive Social Club; the addition of affordable and accessible housing within our community, and more. We have not only strived for inclusion, but we have also fulfilled many of the needs identified by our community. We have laid the foundation by building an inclusive community in collaboration with City leaders, businesses, educators, disability professionals, and families.

Join us as we continue to build on our foundation for a more inclusive community as we recognize Disability Awareness Month this March across Fishers. Join us as we continue to build a place where individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities can live and thrive with no limits.

The 2021 celebration, themed Building Our Inclusive Community, will kick off on March 1. Follow along on social media using #FishersDisabilityAwareness leading up to and throughout the month for more info.

See the 2021 March Disability Awareness Month Proclamation.

Life Without Limits Inclusive Community Disability Awareness Month

Ally Toolkit

Learn how you can be an ally for disability inclusion and show your support for this initiative by taking the Ally Pledge, downloading social media graphics, and getting an Ally Toolkit.  

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Events

Disability Awareness Month Kickoff Event

March 1 | 8:30 - 10:30 AM | Virtual

Kick off the month-long celebration with guest speaker and disability advocate, Ben Trockman, Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Specialist for Old National Bank and elected City of Evansville First Ward City Councilor. A video presentation will highlight the work of the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability over the past six years to build an inclusive community in Fishers. Recipients of the 2021 Inclusion & Accessibility Awards will also be recognized. Register here

About Ben Trockman:

A graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, Trockman joined Old National Bank in 2014, and serves in the role of Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Specialist. Ben has been challenged to assist ONB to become a leader in disability employment and inclusion through education and awareness, while working to enhance recruiting efforts and rethinking the hiring processes to successfully recruit, on-board and employ people with disabilities.

In November 2019, Ben was elected to his first role in community government as the City of Evansville’s First Ward City Councilman.

In 2015, Trockman was presented with the “Spirit of Ability Award” by BraunAbility in recognition of his efforts at Old National. In July 2016, Ben was nominated as an “Honorary Torchbearer” for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay. Ben was presented with the “Individual Achievement Award” by Leadership Evansville and, most recently, Ben was nominated by the Evansville Business Journal as a “20 under 40.”

Ben currently serves on the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville Board of Directors, the Special Olympics Indiana Board of Directors, the Alumni Council of University of Southern Indiana, the Indiana ABLE Authority board, and has been a passionate supporter of Habitat for Humanity of Evansville.

Ben Trockman resides in Evansville Indiana.

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Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability Quarterly Meeting

March 2 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Virtual

Hear more about the accomplishments of building a more inclusive community in Fishers. Help us identify priorities and goals for the disability community in Fishers and beyond. To register, email Cecilia Coble, Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability Co-Chair.

OneZone Luncheon— Expanding Your Applicant Pool: Exploring the Untapped Workforce

March 10 | 11:30 AM | Virtual 

Learn more about the benefits of employing individuals with physical and developmental disabilities from Kylee Hope, Director of the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services. Check out a video presentation of successful employment opportunities from around Fishers and Hamilton County. Register here.

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Art Reception

March 12 | 7 - 9 PM | Virtual

Celebrate the artwork of local artists with disabilities and view the virtual art gallery exhibition hosted by Conner Prairie. This event is co-hosted by the Fishers Arts Council. Join the virtual broadcast on their Facebook page.

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Fishers Parks StoryWalk

Little ones can go on a self-guided reading hike with the Disability Awareness Month-themed StoryWalk during the month of March at Holland Park (1 Park Drive) featuring "Hello Goodbye Dog" by Maria Gianferrari. Learn more.

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Hamilton East Public Library Events

All events will be held virtually. Register here.

  • Signing Time Storytime │March 1 & 12 │10 - 10:30 AM | Virtual
  • Disability and Inclusion │March 4 │7 - 8 PM | Virtual
  • CareAware Options for Caregivers │March 10 │7 - 8 PM | Virtual
  • Virtual Memory Café │March 11│ 2 - 3 PM | Virtual
  • Dementia Friends Community Info Session │March 15 │7 - 8 PM | Virtual
  • Judith Scott Wrapped Art │March 27 │11 AM - 12 PM & 2 - 3 PM  | Virtual
  • Intro to American Sign Language (ASL) │March 30 │6 - 7 PM | Virtual

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Special Thanks to Our 2021 Sponsors

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