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Letter to the editor: Easter Seals Arc celebrates Disability Awareness Month

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 2:04 pm

March is Disability Awareness Month, and I wanted to thank our community for providing opportunities for people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in our community.

The Indiana General Assembly recently passed a resolution recognizing Easter Seals Arc’s 60 years of providing services to people with disabilities. We were founded in 1954 by parents seeking better opportunities for their children with disabilities. Our services have evolved over the last 60 years along with our community. I am always touched by community members who reach out to the people we serve.

We have had community members step forward and purchase apples at a local orchard when they saw our consumers and staff out enjoying a local orchard. We have had neighbors of the people we serve help out.

We have had local businesses welcome our young adults with disabilities to tour, have an internship or work experience at their business.

We have enjoyed numerous partnerships with Ivy Tech, IPFW, Sweetwater Sound and so many others in providing life-long learning opportunities to people with disabilities.

As Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana celebrates Disability Awareness Month, I want to thank our community for all they have done, and we look forward to creating solutions and changing lives for our next 60 years.

Donna Elbrecht, president/CEO, Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana