Fishers community members and employers are invited to submit nominations for the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability’s 2024 Inclusion and Accessibility Awards beginning on Wednesday, November 1 through Friday, December 8. The awards will be presented at the 2024 March Disability Awareness Month kickoff event on March 1, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. at Launch Fishers Huston Theater (12175 Visionary Way, Fishers). The annual March Disability Awareness Month celebration, hosted by the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability, will feature a series of special events and initiatives throughout the city to be announced early next year. "Every year, the Fishers community showcases its dedication to building an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive. These awards not only celebrate those who work tirelessly toward inclusion and accessibility, but also serve as inspiration for others,” said Cecilia Coble, co-chair of the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability. “Whether it's an individual breaking barriers or a business fostering opportunities, every nomination tells a story of resilience, determination, and unity. We invite our community members and employers to tell these stories to highlight the spirit of Fishers. 2024 award categories include:
Life Without Limits Award The recipient of the Life Without Limits Award is an individual with physical and/or intellectual disabilities who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the community of Fishers by promoting inclusion, independence, and eliminating barriers. Contributions of community life include art, culture, athletics, workplace, education, leadership, and service.
Previous winners include Zach Curtis in 2023 and Carter Gordan in 2022.
Cornerstone Employer Award The Cornerstone Employer Award is given to an individual, business, or organization in the Fishers community who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to providing inclusion, career training, employment, and/or advancement opportunities to persons with disabilities.
Previous winners include Hampton Inn Fishers in 2023 and June Barnes & Rod Sutherlin of Geist Elementary School in 2022.
2024 Accessibility Award The Accessibility Award recognizes an individual, business, or organization in the Fishers community that has made exceptional contributions to advocate and/or eliminate barriers in aspects of community life to ensure persons with disabilities can access and participate in programs, activities, and events.
Previous winners include the Tsimerakis Family in 2023 and Tom Rich in 2022.
The Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability was established in 2017 to bring together businesses, organizations, residents with disabilities, and various stakeholders to establish priorities and strategies to address the various challenges and needs facing the disability community. Their goal is to promote inclusion and accessibility and to strive to make Fishers a community where people with physical and intellectual disabilities can live life without limits. To learn more about the awards and submit a nomination, visit fishers.in.us/DisabilityAwareness.