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"Blind Asylum"
This black and white photograph shows a view of the Indiana State School for the Blind, now known as the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The institution was established in 1847. The building on North Street in Indianapolis was…

"I Learned Like Everyone Else Did"
A little over 30 years ago, a doctor told Sharon Hauss to put her infant son in an institution. Sharon’s response, “He’s my son. I couldn’t do it.” Her son, Michael Ely, went on to be fully included in school. Using part of a script he wrote for the…

"I Was a Feisty Mother" - Mary Lou Melloy
“You don’t have the right to deny them the opportunity to try this.” Mary Lou Melloy's daughter, Cindy, was born in 1958. Doctors told the family they should put Cindy in a residential facility. Mary Lou and her husband, Don, had other plans for…

"We're Taking Him Home"
"It's been a real adventure, but he just was thrown in the mix with his three brothers." Al and Linda Hublar talk about the lack of support and resources available when their son Mark was born with Down syndrome in the 1960s. They have made a point…

1979 Central Indiana Invitational Wheelchair Games Official Program
The second annual Central Indiana Invitational Wheelchair Games took place on April 28 and 29, 1979 at Carmel High School, north of Indianapolis. Events in swimming, weightlifting, field sports (including javelin, discus, shot put, and club throw),…

A Mother's Instinct -Sharon Hauss on Family Advocacy
"Let's wait and see what he can do," is what doctors told Sharon after the birth of her son in the 1980s. Fortunately, Sharon didn't wait around. She searched out services for him and as he got older, she continued to advocate for him by enrolling…

A National Movement Led by Parents
John Dickerson, retired Executive Director of The Arc of Indiana, explains that after World War II, parents across the country began to think differently about the future of their children with disabilities. In 1951, there was a national meeting of…

A New Approach to Employment -Karen Scherer on Supported Employment and Person-Centered Planning
Karen Scherer began her career as a work adjustment specialist at Martin County Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Loogootee, Indiana. She was soon asked to serve as the coordinator for the supported employment grant received by the center in…

A Whole Other Facet - Courtney Clark on Service Dogs Making Life Better
“We can get things done. Yes, so it just made me more independent,” explains Courtney of her service dog, Donner. After applying for a service dog, it took two more years before Courtney was matched with Donner. Courtney talks about how his presence…

ADA 10th Anniversary at Indianapolis Artsgarden
This is a photograph of the crowd attending a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The celebration was held at the Indianapolis Artsgarden on July 26, 2000.