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.

The 1967 Beatles song “With a Little Help from My Friends” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band describes how I see my future. Like other teens and young adults with disabilities, I found it difficult to accept having help from others with everyday tasks. As I grew older, there were days when I would... Read more »

Determining who is a direct care provider and who is a friend can be difficult for young people with disabilities as well as for their parents. This is something my own parents and I often differ about. While I do understand the need for parents of young adults with disabilities to feel that their child... Read more »

One of the things teens and young adults with disabilities can often struggle with is whether or not to disclose a disability to their teachers, employers, or even whether or not to talk about it with friends. Let me start off by saying that the decision regarding whether or not to disclose a diagnosis is... 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.