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Early Morning Thoughts




This morning I took an early flight to Washington, D.C. to participate in two days of meetings with The Arc and leaders from around the country.  From thirty thousand feet it was a beautiful sunrise and view of the Hoosier landscape.  People below are buzzing around – some starting their day while others are finishing […]

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Greg Anderson’s “Maximizing Personal Independence”




I enjoy reading Greg Anderson’s blog, Maximizing Personal Independence.  Greg lived in a nursing home and now lives in his own apartment with supports from the Medicaid Waiver program.  Greg has a great way of writing that cuts right to the heart of issues.  Because of his cerebral palsy, typing takes great effort.  Yet, his […]

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Giving Thanks




Working for The Arc, there is always much to do.  The needs that people have often seem so large.  But there is great progress being made and much for which to be thankful. Last week, because of some dedicated people at FSSA, a 70 year-old mother who is severely ill was able to get supports […]

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Unintended Consequences of Calling the Police




A preliminary review of records from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration shows that  individuals in Indiana’s developmental disabilities system were arrested  just over 170 times last year following a call to police. Often times, when they became agitated, they struck out and assaulted an officer.  Once in the criminal justice system everything changes. […]

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Building a Winning Team




The other day I had the chance to visit with a racing team manager. A very wise person, he wore the ring of being part of an Indy 500 winning race team. No small accomplishment. I asked him about all the technology in racing today and how much of his job was technology versus psychology […]

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Wearing Pink




It is great to see NFL players, coaches and referees wear pink in support of breast cancer research – something we all should support.  It leads me to wonder how many adult women with disabilities receive mammograms.  How many of the people we advocate for are at risk and do not get the screenings that […]

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A Beautiful Day




Last week I had the chance to spend a short while at the Direct Support Professionals of Indiana (DSPIN) conference in Indianapolis.  Nearly 200 DSPs who make a difference every day in the lives of people with I/DD and their families were there to spend a day getting new ideas, new inspiration and meeting one another.  […]

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Creating Blue Space




At the recent Reinventing Quality Conference in Baltimore, I had a chance to hear Hanns Meissner, Executive Director of The Arc of Rensselaer County, New York.  He has written an important new book, Creating Blue Space – Fostering Innovative Support Practices for People with Developmental Disabilities. Hanns took the term Blue Space from the study […]

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A View into IndyCooks for The Arc




Listen in as Michelle talks with The Arc’s Director of Marketing and Development, Spencer Valentine, about IndyCooks for The Arc – a fun, casual foodie event featuring more than 65 area celebrities and community leaders as they serve up their favorite dishes and compete for the most tips to benefit The Arc.  The event takes place September 27, […]

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A Partnership that Strengthens Indiana 




The Arc of Indiana has a long partnership with INARF, Indiana’s principal membership organization representing providers of services to people with disabilities.  I was recently given the opportunity to share some thoughts on the celebration of INARF’s 40 years of service – service that continues to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities […]

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