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March Is Disability Awareness Month

Last updated on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is offering free materials to spread awareness of the positive impact people with disabilities make in our communities and assist Hoosiers in planning the many important disability awareness activities that take place across Indiana each March in honor of Disability Awareness Month.

There are more than 1 million people with disabilities living in Indiana. Each year, the Governor's Council facilitates Disability Awareness Month by providing free resource materials to promote inclusion, independence and employment for all Hoosiers with disabilities.

Materials include information and activity planning packets, with topics ranging from planning disability-focused art contests to increasing ADA awareness in a business. In addition, the Council offers materials, such as posters, bookmarks and stickers - all at no charge.

The 2014 Disability Awareness Month theme is "Dream to Dare." The campaign poster uses a simple, but meaningful poem to frame our attitudes toward what we all want to achieve - communities that are sustainable, accessible, economically viable and encourage civic and social engagement for all.

As in previous years, Disability Awareness Month 2014 will be celebrated with community-based activities carried out by thousands of people across the state.

To order a kit online, go to www.indianadisabilityawareness.org. For a printed copy of the order form, call the Governor's Council at 1-317-232-7770 or email gpcpd@gpcpd.org.

The Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities, which focuses on advocacy and leadership training, began in 1970 and has flourished in the areas of systems change advocacy, self-advocacy groups, Partners in Policymaking, Fifth Freedom grassroots efforts, community leadership, public policy and civic engagement. Over the past 40 years, the Council has empowered tens of thousands of Hoosiers with disabilities to create positive change throughout the state.

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