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Disability Awareness Month

Most people have disabilities of one kind or another. The difference lies mostly in degree, and in whether our disabilities are overt or hidden. We challenge you to embrace people’s differences. When you free your mind and see the potential inside everyone, you’ll open yourself to a world of new possibilities – and new friends.

For more information, visit http://www.indianadisabilityawareness.org/

About Disability Awareness Month

Each March, Disability Awareness Month is celebrated throughout Indiana. And given that adults and children with disabilities represent slightly more than 19 percent of Indiana’s population, disability awareness is important for all of us. Led by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, the goal of Disability Awareness Month is to increase awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities. The Council develops a unique theme for this annual event and produces campaign materials that are available free of charge to Hoosiers who want to help make a difference.

The 2011 campaign theme is “Cultivate Inclusion.” The poster artwork features a diverse group of people – of different ages, ethnicities and abilities – working together to plant a colorful urban flower garden. The text encourages everyone to contribute to not only a beautiful community, but an inclusive community, by being open to the unique gifts of others. This year’s campaign materials are sponsored by Duke Energy.

This is the 21st year for Disability Awareness Month. Won’t you join thousands of advocates and people with disabilities across the state by conducting community-based activities? Activities include events such as mayoral proclamations; art contests; and awareness campaigns in schools, businesses and government agencies.

Please visit our Materials Library to view and/or download materials that can help you plan and conduct an event in your area. To order our standardized kit, simply Order Online or print the Order Form and return it as noted. We’ll then send you our free materials.

Thanks in advance for your efforts to help raise awareness and understanding of disability issues in your home, business, school or neighborhood!