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.
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 checking out the digital toolkit and language guide.
This is Fishers Blog Posts
In honor of Fishers’ celebration of National Disability Awareness Month, we’re featuring community stories related to disability and inclusion on the This is Fishers blog every Wednesday throughout March. See all the posts.
- Meet Your Neighbor: Patrick Schooley, winner of the Accessibility Award
- Meet Your Neighbor: Maddie Long, winner of the 2021 Life Without Limits Award
- Caregiver Appreciation Day: Meet local mom and caregiver Dr. Lyn Jones
- Disability Awareness Month: Be An Ally for Disability Inclusion
Congrats to our 2021 Inclusion & Accessibility Award winners!
Maddie Long: Life Without Limits Award
Ben Pigott, Manager at McAlister's Deli in Fishers: Cornerstone Employer Award
Patrick Schooley, Dean of Students at Fishers High School: Accessibility Award
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.
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 learn more about the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability, 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.
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.
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.
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