March Disability Awareness

March Disability Awareness Month 2022: Achieving More Together

Since 2016, the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability's March Disability Awareness Month in Fishers has championed inclusion, collaboration, and acceptance for all people who live in our smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial community. This effort has had a positive impact on more than just people with disabilities in our city—it has become an achievement for which other communities strive. 

This year, we will ACHIEVE MORE TOGETHER, as we use the month to include partners from other cities in and around Hamilton County. As our leadership in disability inclusion has expanded beyond Fishers, we know we can ACHIEVE MORE TOGETHER.

The Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability’s 2022 Inclusion & Accessibility Awards

Congratulations to the 2022 Inclusion & Accessibility Award Winners! Learn more about the winners in the This is Fishers blog

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Carter Gordon

Life Without Limits Award Winner

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Tom Rich

Accessibility Award Winner

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Christian Hamm, Smoothie King

Cornerstone Employer Award Winner

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June Barnes, Geist Elementary School

Cornerstone Employer Award Winner

Rod Sutherlin

Rod Sutherlin, Geist Elementary School

Cornerstone Employer Award Winner

Ally Toolkit

Be an ally for disability inclusion! Showcase your advocacy with digital toolkits that include social media graphics and Zoom backgrounds, a language guide and FAQ, and an ally pledge.  

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Events

2022 Disability Awareness Month Kick-Off: Achieving More Together

Tuesday, March 1 | 8:30 –10 AM | Fishers City Hall Auditorium (1 Municipal Dr.) 

Kick off the month-long celebration with keynote speaker Darcy Keith, a traumatic brain injury survivor and Fishers resident. Watch a livestream of the event.

Fishers Parks’ Storywalk: Can Bears Ski?

Daily, March 2 - 31 | Brooks School Park (11780 Brooks School Rd.)

Take a self-guided hike as you enjoy the children's book Can Bears Ski? by Raymond Antrobus at Brooks School Park. 

Twilight Town Hall with Mayor Fadness: March Disability Awareness Month

Monday, March 7 | 8 PM | Virtual

Join Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness and Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability Co-Chairs Cecilia Coble and Kelly Hartman for a virtual open forum to hear about the city's March Disability Awareness Month celebration and accessibility efforts throughout the city. 

OneZone Luncheon: A Photographic Journey Through an Inaccessible World 

Wednesday, March 9 | 11 AM - 1 PM | FORUM Events Center (11313 USA Pkwy.)

Join Doug Goeppner, MSW, LSW, for an interactive session on how the world is experienced by individuals with disabilities.

2022 Hamilton County Transition Fair

Wednesday, March 16 | 6 - 7:30 PM | Hamilton Southeastern High School (12499 Olio Rd.)

Get local resources for life’s transitions from service providers around Hamilton County and surrounding areas. 

Prism Project of Fishers: Spring Performance

Sunday, March 20 | 2 - 4 PM | Switch Theatre (10029 E. 126th St.)

Watch a live performance from The Prism Project of Fishers, an inclusive performing arts program for children and young adults with disabilities and their typical peers, ages 6 to 22. Tickets are available for purchase.

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OneZone Caffeinated Conversation: Disability Employment

Tuesday, March 22 | 8 - 9 AM | Courtyard by Marriot, Indianapolis/Fishers (11550 Whislte Dr.)

Find resources and information about the hiring and training process of employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Register here.

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Celebrating Beethoven's 250th Birthday

Sunday, March 27 | 4 p.m. | Legacy Bible Church (13490 Howe Rd.)

Join Fishers Music Works' White River Chamber Orchestra to celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday while we pay homage to the brilliant composer whose music is beautiful, sensitive, witty, dramatic, evocative, heartbreaking, and deeply human, demonstrating the triumph over his hearing disability. This concert seeks out ways to communicate better with each other, sharing thoughts and feelings with people and having those thoughts and feelings reflected back. That is what being human is all about! This concert is open to the public. Get tickets here.

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Hamilton East Public Library Workshops

Throughout March | Hamilton East Public Library (5 Municipal Dr.)

Join free workshops in honor of Disability Awareness Month hosted by the Hamilton East Public Library. Registration is required. Workshops include:

  • Know the 10 Warning Signs
    Tuesday, March 1 | 2 - 3 p.m. | Virtual
  • Check Your Shelf Book Club for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) 
    Thursday, March 3 | 2 - 3 p.m. 
  • Autism 101 
    Thursday, March 3 | 7 - 8 p.m. | Virtual   
  • Button Making for Neurodivergent Learners with Teaching Artist Wendy Kiefel
    Saturday, March 5 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 2 - 3:30 p.m. | Ignite Studio
  • Dyslexia Information and Advocacy Workshop 
    Wednesday, March 9 | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Virtual   
  • Ask the Advocate: Learning More About Your Child’s IEP
    Thursday, March 10 | 6:30 p.m. | Virtual 
  • Orton Gillingham Approach to Early Reading
    Tuesday, March 15 | 6:30 - 7 p.m. | Virtual
  • Dementia Friends Information Session 
    Tuesday, March 15 | 1 - 2 p.m. | Virtual    
  • Introduction to ASL 
    Tuesdays, March 15, 22, and 29 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.  
  • Adults on the Spectrum 
    Thursday, March 31 | 7 - 8 p.m.  | Virtual  

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