March Disability Awareness 2020

March is National Disability Awareness Month, and for the fourth year the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability and the City of Fishers will host a month-long celebration to bring awareness to what life is like for those with physical and intellectual disabilities. 

With this year’s theme, FOCUS 2020, we will focus on the past, present, and future of disability inclusion in Fishers: 

  • Join us for Fun events throughout March that celebrate the contributions and talents of those with physical and intellectual disabilities in our community. 
  • Discover Opportunities and resources for education, inclusion, employment, accessibility, and accommodation. 
  • Honor the role of our local Caregivers and those who serve as direct support providers. 
  • Explore how we Unite with community partners to advocate and support the needs of our residents. 
  • Help us acknowledge our Successes as a community dedicated to making Fishers an inclusive, accessible community for all abilities.

Join us for special events throughout Fishers, and be sure to share your photos and experiences on social media using #FishersDisabilityAwareness.

Event Cancellations

In an effort to protect the health and safety Fishers residents, Fishers Parks & Recreation is cancelling upcoming March Disability Awareness events due to COVID-19 concerns. We are making every effort to reschedule these events and will post event updates on this page as they are available. 

Residents can still take advantage of local business deals and the Fishers Art Trail on the Play Fishers app.

Local Business Deals

New this year, local businesses around Fishers will offer special promotions every Tuesday throughout March in honor of the celebration. 

Participating businesses include BoomBozz Craft Pizza & Taphouse, Carpenter Realtors, Chicago’s Pizza, Citizens State Bank, Foxgardin Family Kitchen, Goldfish Swim School, Greek’s Pizzeria, LouVino, Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub, Pure Eatery, Roman & Leo, and Schoolhouse 7 Café. To redeem the deal, patrons are required to show the coupon flier.

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Fishers Art Trail

Throughout March, Fishers Arts Council will exhibit artworks by local artists with disabilities at The Art Gallery at City Hall. Additionally, the Fishers Arts Council has also organized a citywide art exhibition, partnering with local businesses throughout Fishers to display artworks by local artists with disabilities. 

Participating businesses along the Fishers Art Trail include Air-Tan, Carpenter Realtors, Citizens State Bank, Cynthia’s Hallmark (Allisonville Road), Fishers YMCA, Geist Coffee, Goldfish Swim School, Hamilton East Public Library, LouVino, MashCraft Brewing, Meyer Najem, Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub, Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Pure Eatery, Roman & Leo, Schoolhouse 7 Café, Superior Van & Mobility, and The Goddard School (Brooks School Road). 

Residents who check at two or more participating businesses on the free Play Fishers app will be entered to win a prize pack.

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Events - The below events have been cancelled. Stay tuned for rescheduling info!

CANCELLED: 2020 Hamilton County Transition Fair: A Resource Fair of Life’s Transitions 

Thursday, March 19 | 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Carmel High School
Free (registration required)

Discover what resources are available locally for those with physical and intellectual disabilities and meet adult service provides from Hamilton County and beyond. To register, contact Kellie Freeman at KFreeman@ccs.k12.in.us.

CANCELLED: HSE Schools Exceptional Learners Performance and Adaptive Sports Showcase: A Celebration of Athletic Achievement and Talent

March 21 | 2 - 6 p.m.| Fishers High School
Free (no registration required)

Join us for our revamped Adaptive Sports Showcase, an interactive social event bringing together adaptive sports teams and Best Buddies clubs from HSE Schools. Participate in carnival-style games facilitated by Best Buddies from 2-3 pm, and check out the adaptive sport exhibitions and activities from 2-4 pm. Engage with student learning presentations from 3-4 pm, and cap off the afternoon with a talent show in the Fishers High School Black Box Theatre, featuring Exceptional Learners from HSE Schools from 4 - 6 p.m.

CANCELLED: Fishers Inclusive Reverse Job Fair

March 24 | 1 - 3 p.m. | Grace Church (Fishers Campus)
Free (registration required)

With local businesses strolling and candidates seated at stations, the reverse job fair connects local employers with job candidates with disabilities.

CANCELLED: Focus on Talent Variety Show 

March 28 | 3 & 7 p.m. | The Switch Theatre at the Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy
Purchase tickets: $6.50 per person

Enjoy a fun-filled variety show featuring local performers showing off their skills and talents, hosted by local news personality and Emmy award winner Angela Buchman. These performers share two things in common: their unique abilities to amaze and entertain, and the fact that they have overcome disability. 

Shows are 90 minutes each and include an intermission. Coffee and beverages will be available for purchase. Performers can enroll for the 3 p.m. show here, and the 7 p.m. show here.

CANCELLED: Screenings of Grateful and 1500 Miles in partnership with Heartland Film & Indiana Filmmakers Network

March 29 | 2 - 4 p.m. | The Switch Theatre at the Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy
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Tickets available for purchase here.

Watch screenings of Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story and 1500 Miles, then hear more about the films with a panel of protagonists, filmmakers, and producers.

Community Events

Celebrate Disability Awareness Month with these special events throughout the community.

StoryWalk® hosted by Fishers Parks & Recreation

Beginning March 18 | Nickel Plate District Amphitheater

Enjoy a self-guided hike around the NPD AMP as you follow along with a picture book related to disability awareness. Learn more.

Disability Awareness Month Exhibition & Workshops at Hamilton East Public Library 

Throughout March | Times vary
Hamilton East Public Library

From chair yoga and memory café to signing story time and a magic show, enjoy workshops related to disability for all ages throughout March at the Hamilton East Public Library. Also swing by the IGNITE Studio to check out the exhibition "Gotta Let It Out" by Krista Darrow. Learn more.

CANCELLED: An Evening With Beethoven: Triumph Over Disability 

March 28 | 4 p.m. | Legacy Bible Church, 2140 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville
Purchase tickets: $20 adults, free for children under $18

FAQ’s

Your words and actions have power. Learn more about how you can show respect to your neighbors with disabilities with this free resource from the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities.

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  • Heartland Film
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