People

It’s time to see people, not punchlines.

Hey, did you hear the one about the annual event that promotes independence, integration, and inclusion of all people with disabilities?

Each March, we celebrate Disability Awareness Month throughout Indiana. On this, the 30th year for this important event, we chose the theme “People, Not Punchlines” to acknowledge an ugly truth: Persons with disabilities are sometimes turned into objects of ridicule. But rather than being the butt of a joke, each individual in our campaign uses humor to open a conversation and highlight ways in which we can all understand each other better.

There are 54 million Americans with disabilities. Adults and children with disabilities represent nearly a fifth of Indiana’s population. There’s nothing funny about the ignorance and naivety that often keep us from connecting with our fellow Hoosiers.

Join thousands of advocates and people with disabilities across the state by raising awareness and conducting an activity in your own community. It could be an art contest, or an awareness campaign, or a mayoral proclamation, or just about anything else! We welcome your conviction and creativity.

Visit our Downloads Library to access creative materials and ideas for promoting Indiana Disability Awareness Month in your school, business, or city. You can get a whole campaign kit with images to share on your social channels, test your knowledge, and even see how to host a virtual meet-up and help more of us see #PeopleNotPunchlines.

Want to continue the conversation about inclusion? We're making it easy. Click here to join one of our online discussions, on topics ranging from Representation and Decision Making to Gatekeeping and Intersectionality.

Thanks in advance for your efforts to help raise awareness and understanding of disability issues in Indiana!

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    Disability Awareness Month meme.

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  • Events

    Webinar

    Xian Horn: Disability Advocates and Allies, Creating Inclusive Communities and Lasting Change with Xian Horn

    Mar 4, 2021

    12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Time

    Registration Link

    Webinar

    Amy Allen Sekhar: Intersectionality

    Mar 9, 2021

    12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Dan Wilkins: Gatekeeping and the Power of Story

    Mar 11, 2021

    12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Webinar

    Melissa Keyes: Indiana Disability Rights, Decision Making, SDM + Documentary Screening

    Mar 16, 2021

    12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Webinar

    INSILC: #RepresentationMatters: Authentic Disability Cultural Representation

    Mar 23, 2021

    12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Virtual Performances

    A Hero’s Heart, via Zoom

    March 6, 2021 at 6p.m.

    March 7, 2021 at 2 p.m.

    For registration: Only one ticket is needed per device. To reserve a ticket, please visit carmelclayparks.com. Once reserved, ticket holders will receive a link to the performance the day of the show.

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