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Transcript: Darcus Nims Interview
"That's only for regular people, not for us kind of people." That’s what Darcus Nims says she was told when she wanted to take a typing class in school. Darcus founded Self-Advocates of Indiana, the statewide group of advocates with…

Self-Advocates of Indiana Board of Directors in 2002
This is a photograph of the Board of Directors of Self-Advocates of Indiana (SAI) in 2002. SAI is a statewide organization of adults with intellectual disabilities. It was founded in 1990 with a mission “to learn our rights and to speak out about…

Passion for Advocacy - Betty Williams on Becoming A Self-Advocate
Betty Williams, an active self-advocate, received the Champion of Equal Opportunity Self-Advocacy award from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities in 2016. Betty speaks about getting involved in the self-advocacy movement…

Norman Kochensparger - Working to Make My Dreams Happen
"I bought a three bedroom house. And it's just me and I have a dog, and that's very exciting." Norman talks about his dream to own his own home, getting the help he needed and taking 15 classes on homeownership to prove he was credit-worthy. Norman…

Nobody Asked Me - Darcus Nims on Self-Advocacy
"What do they mean, us kind of people?" Darcus wanted to learn math skills. She wanted to learn how to type. Unfortunately, her teachers would tell her those skills were for "regular" people. When Darcus turned 18, no one asked her what she wanted to…

Melody Cooper - "I Want a Career"
"I couldn't see myself making a career standing bagging somebody's groceries," Melody Cooper explains. Starting her employment at Goodwill Industries and then at a Meijer store, Melody was hired by The Arc of Indiana. She attributes her career growth…

Mark Hublar at Community College
Mark J. Hublar of New Albany, Indiana in 2014, when he began his studies at Jefferson Community & Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky. Hublar graduated the college on May 9, 2016. He grew up in New Albany and graduated New Albany High School in…

Mark and Al Hublar - Reaching My Dream Job
"When Mark left high school there was no plan," recalls his father. Mark Hublar went to work at a sheltered workshop. Today he is a motivational speaker who is asked to address audiences around the U.S. In these video interview excerpts, Mark and his…

Look at Me Now - Melissa Draper on Triumph Over Prejudice
“I was like 21 and decided to set down and write a book,” says Melissa. Ever since she was a young child in Lafayette, Indiana, Melissa wanted to write a book about how we are all different in some way or another. Her book is called, “Follow Your…

Like Having a Second Family - Dee Ann Hart on Attending the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Dee Ann Hart discusses her educational opportunities in the late 1960s and the impact her decision to attend the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired had on her and her family. She attended the school for 14 years, entering in 1969.