Community is...

  • Taking a walk through your favorite park.
  • Saying hi to the cashier who rings up your groceries.
  • Singing with your church choir.
  • Waving at your neighbors from your front porch swing. 
  • Making plans to go to a movie after work on Friday.

Community can mean different things to different people. Here at the Center on Community Living and Careers, when we refer to community, we’re talking about the places you choose to be in and people you like to live, work, and hang out with. It’s that “ahhh moment” we have when we’re happy, safe, and comfortable. Sure, that’s home, but it’s also the places, spaces, and people beyond our front doors.

Many of us need to test the waters to find or develop our own community. That can take some time, some experimentation, and some research.

We’re here to help.

Adria's Suggestions

On these pages, we’ve enlisted the ideas and the expertise of Adria Nassim. Adria is a young woman with multiple disabilities who lives in Indiana and who works and lives independently. She’s learned what support she needs and what works for her. One of those supports is her service dog Lucy. Since Adria writes about disability and community issues for her local newspaper and since she also works part-time for us, we asked her to come up with ideas for our community pages. 

Scroll down to find Adria's Notebook, her posts and thoughts on what it's like to live independently with supports in her community.

Adria with Lucy in downtown Bloomington.

Adria's Notebook

Introductions: Adria's Notebook was first featured on the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community's website in December 2017. For those of you who want to get to know Adria, this is her first post:

  • Hello! (December 12, 2017) My name is Adria Nassim. Welcome to my bi-monthly blog, Adria’s Notebook. The aim of this blog is to provide insight in disability through the lens of my personal experiences...

By Adria Nassim A lot of times, when I hear someone describe a person’s level of disability, they might say something like: “My son or daughter is high functioning,” or “I work with students who are pretty low functioning.” While people do use these terms, I don’t especially like them for several reasons. ‘High’ and... Read more »

How Perceptions of Disability Can Impact Relationships and What to Do About It By Adria Nassim It’s not uncommon for kids with disabilities to experience teasing, bullying, or insults from other children because of their circumstances. But what do you do when those who treat your child inappropriately are fully-grown adults? Most of the time,... Read more »

By Adria Nassim I recently took a trip to King’s Island in Ohio with some friends. Amusement parks tend to be a popular destination for families during the summer. Just because families may have a child or adult with disabilities doesn’t mean they can’t take them along to take advantage of all the fun and... Read more »

What's Next?

Teens and young adults with disabilities and their families often describe transition as complicated because there is so much to learn. "Transition" is the process of moving beyond school to living, working, and participating in your community as an adult.  

To help families and their students or young adults, the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC), a project of the Center on Community Living and Careers, publishes What's Next?, a newsletter that focuses on the resources, supports, and systems involved in transition. Each monthly issue focuses on a single topic, like accommodations on the job, applying for Social Security and Medicaid at age 18, ABLE accounts, adult services and supports, paying for college, and more.

To read past issues of What's Next? or to subscribe, see the "Discovering What's Next" webpage.