We host blogs with writings from people with disabilities, like Adria, to provide insights into disability through the lens of their personal experiences. We also sponsor student groups like the Students on the Spectrum Club for IU and Ivy Tech students, and parent groups of children with autism to provide a foundation for self-directed mutual support.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (812) 855-6508.
Community can mean different things to different people. The Center on Community Living and Careers, a center of the Institute, means "community" when 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.