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March is Disability Awareness Month — increasing awareness and promoting independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities.

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According to the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, adults and children with disabilities represent slightly more than 19 percent of Indiana’s population. This is the 25th year for Disability Awareness Month, and Hoosiers who want to make a difference can get involved in activities and events throughout the month.

 

I have the privilege of working with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads as one of our clients. And they just recently opened a new technology lab for people with disabilities. From home automation devices and wearable gadgets to robotics, the INDATA Project is making assistive technology accessible and user-friendly for everyone, particularly to those people with disabilities.

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“The big challenge is getting people to realize every device someone without a disability can use for convenience can also be used by someone with a disability to enhance that person’s quality of life and independence,” said Brian Norton, the manager of clinical assistive technology at Easter Seals Crossroads. “Assistive technology can have a profound impact on how a person with a disability interacts with people and their environment, excels in school, and performs in the workplace.”

 

INDATA1It was amazing to watch the robots and high-tech devices capture the attention of people who came to the open house as well as the media, who highlighted the new lab on air and through social media. And this technology is available to all — the INDATA Project offers loan-interest loans, funding options and an equipment lending library to Hoosiers with disabilities.

 

“We want people to understand assistive technology doesn’t have to be super expensive,” said INDATA Director Wade Wingler. “This technology lab is a great way to show off the best AT in the most approachable and user-friendly way possible.”

 

For more information about INDATA, visit www.eastersealstech.com.

 

 

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INDATA Project Shares Disability Awareness Message

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The INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads is a Coles client and provides information and access to assistive technology, at no charge, for Hoosiers with disabilities.

 

Assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment or product system that is used to increase, maintain or improve the capabilities of people with disabilities.

 

With March as Disability Awareness Month, INDATA continues to share its message with individuals with disabilities and their families throughout the state of Indiana.

 

INDATA’s core services include:

  • Information and referrals
  • Funding assistance
  • Public awareness and education
  • Device demonstration
  • Device loans
  • Device reutilization

 

“Ensuring individuals with disabilities and their families are aware of the full array of resources available to increase their independence is critically important,” said INDATA Director Wade Wingler. “The INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads is committed to participating in disability awareness activities throughout the month of March. We want to share our message of how assistive technology tools can make an enormous difference in the lives of people with disabilities of all ages.”

 

INDATA also provides low-interest, extended rate financial loans to qualified individuals through the Alternative Financing Program (AFP).

 

The loans are used to purchase assistive technology devices such as:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Motorized scooters
  • Hearing aids
  • Augmentative communication devices
  • Braille equipment
  • Computers
  • Motor vehicle/home modifications

 

How can you learn more about INDATA? Visit www.eastersealstech.com. Each Monday, INDATA produces a new assistive technology video on its YouTube Channel.

 

INDATA produces two weekly podcasts — Assistive Technology Update and Accessibility Minute. Check them out!

 

They also operate a 24/7 resource for assistive technology information on Assistive Technology Radio. Listen now!

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Celebrate Disability Awareness in March

Whether the month of March comes in like a lion or a lamb, it is just the time to focus on raising disability awareness. The State of Indiana celebrates Disability Awareness Month every March in order to bring attention to issues important to people with disabilities.

Led by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, the goal of Disability Awareness Month is to increase awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities. The 2010 campaign theme is “Free Your Mind.”

The INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads is a statewide provider of information and access to assistive technology for Hoosiers with disabilities — and the INDATA Project is celebrating the grand opening of its INDATA Depot to help kick off March as Disability Awareness Month.

The first facility of its kind in the State of Indiana, the INDATA Depot will repurpose and circulate assistive technology equipment to people with disabilities statewide.

The INDATA Depot continues to build its inventory and encourages donations of mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches, as well as seizure helmets, computers and adaptive feeding tools. The INDATA Depot will clean, repair and adjust equipment to be distributed to an Indiana resident with a disability who can be helped by the use of this device.

Join in and celebrate this 20th year for Disability Awareness Month!

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