Inaugural Community Sensory Day coming to Carmel’s Midtown Plaza March 2


By Shelly Gattlieb

To kick off March as Disability Awareness Month, the City of Carmel and the Carmel Advisory Committee on Disability will present Community Sensory Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2 in Midtown Plaza.

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As part of the event, a video by the committee will be screened at 10:45 a.m., followed by “Finding Nemo,” which will be presented at 11 a.m. with closed captioning.

“‘Finding Nemo’ focuses on showing that everyone is included. Nemo has a different fin, and Dory has memory issues, and it’s just such a great story,” said Marissa Barrett, City of Carmel community relations specialist and advisor to the committee.

The event will also include giveaways and stations featuring games, crafts and activities, as well as complimentary snacks courtesy of BraunAbility. There will also be a Virtual Art Exhibition launch at 1 p.m. that will remain on the Midtown screen for the duration of the month.

Barrett described Community Sensory Day as a fun opportunity to get community members involved and better aware of available city resources and events, as well as encouraging attendees to get to know their neighbors.

“This is a brand-new event as an initiative brought forth by the committee, and we’re really wanting to reach everyone,” Barrett said. “We do sensory (ice) skating but wanted to do more.”

Community Sensory Day is free to attend and does not require pre-registration. In the interest of keeping the surroundings as sensory-friendly as possible, it is requested that visitors avoid playing loud music or bringing pets.

OneZone Luncheon

OneZone will present a Disability Awareness Month Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13 at FORUM Events Center, 11313 USA Pkwy. in Fishers. At the event, a panel of business owners will provide tips on hiring individuals with disabilities. A reverse job fair will follow the luncheon. Learn more and register at