SAI President’s Corner

26_Melody-Cooper_My-Life-My-Choice-Self-Advocate-Specialist-Self-Advocates-of-Indiana-PresidentHello everyone, we are finally into summer and Self-Advocates of Indiana has been very busy doing some great things around the state and country.

In April, myself and several other self-advocates were able to attend the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. This was a great time of learning more about disability legislation and talking with our government officials about issues that are important to us.

Around Indiana, we’ve been busy talking to groups and letting our voices be heard. We spoke to nurses at Purdue University about health accessibility for people with disabilities, talked with Noble summer day camp attendees about achieving their goals, and had the chance to present a training on disability history, language, and culture to Indiana State Department of Health employees.  We’ve also participated in several important conversations regarding legislation that affects people with disabilities.

Looking forward, we are excited to welcome self-advocates from around the state to this year’s picnic taking place on Friday, July 15 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. This year’s picnic will be filled with games, music, fitness activities, food, and friends from all over the state. Please join by registering today at SAI Annual Picnic Registration.

Looking farther ahead, we are working closely with the Direct Support Professionals of Indiana, INARF, and The Arc of Indiana to encourage voter registration and education leading up to this year’s election through our Count Us In! Campaign. Our hope is to have a voter registration event in all 92 counties between September 6 and October 11. We have created a toolkit to help you plan your events. We know that people with disabilities have an important voice and we hope to encourage everyone to get out a vote.

Thank you for supporting Self-Advocates of Indiana. Have a great summer and be on the lookout for more information in the weeks and months to come.

Melody Cooper