- 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.
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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.
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.
- Establishing a New Normal During COVID-19 (April 2, 2020) ...If you are a parent or professional raising or working with kids, teens, or adults with disabilities, you are probably aware that the sudden changes and upheaval this virus is causing for American society and much of the modern world may prove to be very challenging and difficult for them, if it has not already...
- Finding Good Health Care in the Disability Community (March 11, 2020) As a person with multiple disabilities, including cerebral palsy, a learning disability, and an autism spectrum disorder, I have had both good and bad interactions...
Rolling Out the Welcome Mat: Finding a Community to Thrive in and Call Home (February 1, 2020) Sometimes, parents and professionals will ask me, “What had to happen to make it possible for you to live independently?” First off, I let them know...
- Happy International Assistance Dog Week from Adria and Lucy! (August 9, 2019) The idea of me getting a service dog was not mine to begin with, although I have always loved dogs. My first word as a baby was...
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...
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Adria's past posts include those on independent living, advocacy, working with supports, and much more.
Locating Community Resources
Some of the items you’ll see listed in these pages are ideas for community supports that you may need to research in your local area. Some are direct links to agencies or organizations.
You may also discover more supports in your area by using Indiana Disability Resource FINDER, Indiana’s new internet search site for disability resources.