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 August 13 will always be a special day to me. That was the day I met Thomas. I had driven that morning from Bloomington, Ind. to Indianapolis with my parents to meet him. The staff at the Indiana Canine Assistance Network in Zionsville, Ind., had called a few days earlier saying they... Read more »

By Adria Nassim When I’m in front of an audience sharing about my life with multiple disabilities, I try to be very relaxed, natural, and easygoing and make my presentations fun and interesting. I recognize that not every person listening may have had prior experience with anyone with a disability, and they may be a... Read more »

By Adria Nassim I remember sitting in the developmental pediatrician’s office as she reviewed the clinical assessment her partner, a child psychologist, conducted. The results stated that I fit the criteria for what, at the time, was called Asperger’s Syndrome. “I would say she fits the syndrome,” she said quietly. Asperger’s Syndrome, now folded into... 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.