Inclusion for all: Fishers conducts Disability Awareness Month for fourth year, showcases new events 

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Disability Awareness Month means a lot to Fishers City Council President Cecilia Coble. She is co-chair of the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability. Her daughter, Crysta, has autism.

In past three years, Coble has worked with the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability to conduct Disability Awareness Month events throughout Fishers in March.

This year’s Disability Awareness Month theme is FOCUS. (Submitted image)

This year’s theme is FOCUS, which stands for fun events, opportunity, caregivers, unite and successes.

“This will be the fourth year that the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability and the City of Fishers host a monthlong celebration of events to bring awareness to what life is like for those with physical and intellectual disabilities,” Coble said. “This year is an important month because this year is the 30th anniversary of the (passing of the) ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), so we are going to be highlighting our theme for this year on the past, present and future of disability inclusion in Fishers.”

The kickoff was March 2. Events continue throughout the month. Activities include, art, an adaptive sports showcase, movie screenings and conversations on employment, among others.

“We have a lot to be proud of, so we want to share how so many great strides have happened in last 30 years as it relates to disabilities,” Coble said. “We still have a way to go, but Fishers is one of the cities that’s committed to creating a life without limits for everybody.”

This year, there will be an increased focus on caregivers.

“For our quarterly meeting, we are focusing on stress and how to be more mindful, how to relieve stress techniques to help with that,” Coble said. “We are providing an opportunity for free passes at the YMCA. We partnered with the Fishers YMCA to provide caregivers and families with a free monthly pass in the month of March.”

The committee has partnered with area restaurants and businesses to offer discounts to celebrate the month.  Promotions will be each Tuesday in March. Participating businesses include BoomBozz Craft Pizza & Taphouse, Carpenter Realtors, Chicago’s Pizza, Citizens State Bank, Foxgardin Family Kitchen, Greek’s Pizzeria, LouVino, Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub, Pure Eatery, Roman & Leo and Schoolhouse 7 Café. Patrons must show a flier from fishers.in.us/disabilityawareness to redeem the coupon.

“We really want to share how we can come together as a community,” Coble said. “Some of the new things we are doing, we are doing a lot as it relates to the arts.”

A Fishers Art Trail will feature a citywide exhibition of art by local artists with disabilities. The artwork will be displayed at local businesses, including Air-Tan, Carpenter Realtor, Citizens State Bank, Cynthia’s Hallmark, Fishers YMCA, Geist Coffee, Hamilton East Public Library, LouVino, MashCraft Brewing, Meyer Najem, Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub, Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Pure Eatery, Roman & Leo, Schoolhouse 7 Café, Superior Van & Mobility and Goddard School.

An art reception at Conner Prairie is new this year, and Heartland Film and Indiana Filmmakers Network will show two documentaries, “Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story” and “1500 Miles.”

For more, visit fishers.in.us/disabilityawareness.


Scheduled events

Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability Quarterly Meeting: Presentations on Caregiver Support & Stress Relief: From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 3 at Fishers City Hall, 1 Municipal Dr. Free and no registration required.

A Celebration of Inclusion Through Art: From 6 to 9 p.m. March 6 at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd. Free and no registration required.

Coffee Talk: Looking at Employment Differently: From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 12 at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd. Free, registration required at eventbrite.com/e/coffee-talk-looking-at-employment-differently-tickets-93979191291.

2020 Hamilton County Transition Fair: A Resource Fair of Life’s Transitions: From 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 19 at Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St. Free, registration required by contacting Kellie Freeman at kfreeman@ccs.k12.in.us.  

HSE Schools Exceptional Learners Performance and Adaptive Sports Showcase: A Celebration of Athletic Achievement and Talent: From 2 to 6 p.m. March 21 at Fishers High School, 13000 Promise Rd. Free and no registration required.

Fishers Inclusive Reverse Job Fair: From 1 to 3 p.m. March 24 at Grace Church in Fishers, 12450 Olio Rd. Free, registration required at eventbrite.com/e/reverse-job-fair-employer-registration-tickets-94186268665 for employers and eventbrite.com/e/reverse-job-fair-employee-registration-tickets-94188399037 for candidates.

Focus on Talent Variety Show: At 3 and 7 p.m. March 28 at The Switch Theatre at the Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy, 10029 E. 126th St. Tickets can be purchased for $5 theswitch.simpletix.com/e/51025.

Screenings of “Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story” and “1500 Miles” in partnership with Heartland Film & Indiana Filmmakers Network: From 2 to 4 p.m. March 29 at The Switch Theatre at the Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy, 10029 E. 126th St. Tickets can be purchased for $10-$25 at theswitch.simpletix.com/e/51119.

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