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Education Experiences at Muscatatuck
For children with disabilities before the 1970s and '80s, "a lot of them, I think [the Muscatatuck institution] would be the only chance for any education at all." In local communities, "they weren't invited to the school, they were invited not to be…

Jim McCorkle at Computer
This is a photograph of Jim McCorkle at his workplace, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community on Indiana University's Bloomington campus in 2007.

Wendy Druckemiller - Helping Overcome Barriers to Employment
“We work with people who are at various stages in the job seeking process.” As an employment consultant, Wendy Druckemiller, works with people to overcome barriers to employment. Wendy uses a vocational assessment to help people figure out what type…

Connie Ferrell - Did Supported Employment Stagnate?
“I haven't really seen progression in supported employment since the 1990s,” recalls Connie Ferrell. She was hired as a field coordinator for the new Indiana Employment Initiative in 1992. In her 2015 interview, Connie explains why she feels…

Mary Lou Melloy - "Find Her a Job"
“We were afraid as parents, and they started talking about doing away with the workshop.” Mary Lou and her husband didn't like the idea of their daughter Cindy getting a job in the community. In the late 1990s, they sent a letter to other parents…

Roberta Stafford - The Shift to Supported Employment
“We would get referrals from the workshops usually, and we would meet with the individuals to determine their eligibility.” Roberta Stafford worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for almost 24 years. Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation…

Lori Nei - Living Life Outside an Institution
“Oh, my favorite thing was we got the opportunity to take two clients to Tennessee.” Lori Nei talks about a career highlight as a service manager in the disability field in Indiana. As part of her responsibilities, she provided support to two men who…

Suellen Jackson-Boner - Early Initiatives of the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities
"At that time, supported employment was just beginning across this country" and the goal was "to show that this was very viable, that people with severe disabilities could actually work." Suellen Jackson-Boner, the Indiana Governor's Council for…

Journey to Full Citizenship: Indiana’s Disability History
This video is an overview of 200 years of change in the lives of Hoosiers with disabilities, produced by the Indiana Disability History Project. A very broad survey starting in the 19th century, the short video highlights the role of advocacy in…

Jamie Beck and Dan Stewart - Making History in Indiana
“It was my time to play my part in the circle of life.” On June 13, 2018, Jamie Beck became the first person in Indiana to have her guardianship terminated and a Supported Decision-Making agreement put in place. Jamie had been adjudged as…