Community

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...

On May 25, George Floyd, a 40-year-old black man from Houston, Texas, died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd was placed under arrest for a nonviolent offense. Although the officers called to the scene thought he was armed, Floyd was not carrying a weapon. Despite his... Read more »

May and June Bring Significant Transitions May and June bring the start of new beginnings, and I do not mean the flowery bumblebee type. For many high school and college students, the months of May and June mark a significant time of transition and bring a fresh start in their lives. For many students with... Read more »

Learning to Love Reading at an Early Age Following the announcement of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners in early May, I wanted to do a post on the importance of literacy and ways to encourage and promote literacy in teens and young adults. Books and reading have always played a big role in my life,... Read 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.

Indiana Disability Resource FINDER