Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Opportunity to help shape Indiana's disability plan

Family Voices is sharing this info from the GPCPD so members have an opportunity to plan to attend. The link to register can be found here: http://www.cwlab.org/. There's also information about an upcoming survey due out in September. Family Voices will share additional information as it becomes available.

The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is gearing up to prepare Indiana’s State Disability Plan for 2012-2016. The completed plan will be used to guide the work of the Council, including its training and dissemination activities, the events it sponsors, and the projects it funds.

Here is your chance to participate in the process! The Council is arranging two ways you can add your voice to the planning process.

1. TOWN MEETINGS
The Governor's Council for People with Disabilities has commissioned the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community to assist them in facilitating eight Town Meetings across the state to gather ideas from individuals with disabilities and family members about the priorities that should be addressed in the upcoming State Disability Plan.
The Town Meetings will be held in the early evening in these places on these dates – please sign up and register for the one you would like to attend – times and places for all the sessions to be announced later this month:
Indianapolis Town Meeting: Monday, August 30th
Fort Wayne Town Meeting: Monday, September 20th
Terre Haute Town Meeting: Thursday, September 30th
Evansville Town Meeting: Monday, October 18th
Merrillville Town Meeting: Monday, October 25th
South Bend Town Meeting: Tuesday, October 26th
Richmond Town Meeting : Monday, November 8th
Clarksville Town Meeting: Monday, November 15th

Visit http://www.cwlab.org/ to register for a Town Meeting near you!

Town Meeting Topics
At each Town Meeting, there will be “Table Talks” designed to gather ideas about issues of concern to the participants, especially focusing on potential solutions. When you register for a Town Meeting, you’ll also be asked to indicate your TOP THREE topic choices – that will determine the “Table Talk” you’ll be assigned to.

The ten topics are as follows – click on each to see the subtopics that could be discussed:
Education (Prekindergarten – 8th grade)
Education (9th grade – Post High School)
Employment
Housing
Transportation
Leadership Development
Service Systems and Quality Assurance
Community Participation and Access
Health Care
Long Term Care and Supports

2. STATEWIDE SURVEY

This year’s Disability Poll will focus on “Priorities and Solutions” for addressing issues of importance to the disability community in Indiana. Information from this survey will be used in the development of Indiana’s State Disability Plan. People with disabilities, family members, and advocates are invited to share their ideas in this survey.
Stay tuned for the start-up of this survey in September!

The Disability Poll is conducted annually through a collaboration among Indiana’s Developmental Disabilities (DD) Network: the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities, the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services, and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.

Questions about the Town Meetings or the Statewide Survey?

Vicki Pappas
Center for Planning and Policy Studies
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
2853 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47408-2696

Toll Free: (800) 825-4733
Phone: (812) 855-6508
TT: (812) 855-9396
E-mail: cpps@indiana.edu

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