Adria's Notebook

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

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 »

Students on the Spectrum

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is pleased to announce its 10th year of support of a student group on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University: Students on the Spectrum (SOS). This is a safe place for students to come and be themselves.

All Indiana University students who live with an autism spectrum disorder are welcome. SOS will provide students with the opportunity to engage with each other and others within the university community around topics and activities of their choosing and interest such as becoming an effective self-advocate, dealing with anxiety, communication and social skills, and exploring supports and activities on campus and in the community.

The SOS Club meets weekly at the Indiana Memorial Union on the Indiana University-Bloomington campus. For more information, contact Marci Wheeler, SOS Club Advisor, Indiana University, at or phone (812) 855-6508.