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 Many times, when I talk to parents of teens and young adults with disabilities, they ask me what it took for me to live independently. I am not a parent, clinician, or a practitioner, so I share my own experience. My parents set very high, but realistic, expectations for me. Knowing full... Read more »

By Adria Nassim A couple of my favorite things about caring for service dogs are the bond created and helping them develop their confidence and improve their skills. I really love working with Thomas every day and consider him to be part of my family. I love spending time with him whether we are working,... Read more »

By Adria Nassim Someone recently asked me if I ever plan to have children. After a lot of thought, I decided to write a blog post on the topic because I know this can be something many young adults with disabilities may consider at some point, just as other young adults do. For many young... 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.