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November 18, 2014
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Are you receiving or gifting a new tablet or computer to someone his holiday season? If so, have you thought about what to do with the older device that may no longer be needed? The INDATA Depot has a waiting list of individuals with disabilities in Indiana who are in need of refurbished computers. 

Each year, the INDATA Depot refurbishes hundreds of laptop and desktop computers. Each donated computer is cleaned from the inside out by removing any old personal data, adding extra RAM, a recent version of the operating system and other specs as needed. 

Donation computers should have: 2GB of RAM, be no more than five years old, a dual core processor, a minimum hard drive space of 80 GB and have a DVD-ROM or DVD-RW drive. Monitors. keyboards, mice and speakers are not required with the computer donation but encouraged. 

Recipients of the computers are individuals who live in Indiana and have a documented disability. They have applied to receive a computer for school, work or independent living, but many are on a waiting list as the donations do not match the need. 

To donate a computer, contact the INDATA Depot at 317-466-1000. Corporate donations of more than one dozen computers may schedule a time for the Depot to pick them up. 

Depot Holiday Donations

November 13, 2014
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Veterans Day has come and passed, but that does not mean we should stop thanking our veterans for serving our country. Katy's Goodness mixes good food with a good cause and provides a great way for you to show support to military veterans across America this holiday season.

Between now and Veterans Day 2015, people can thank a military veteran by ordering a Katy’s Goodness Cookie Care Package to be shipped directly by the cookie maker to one of America’s 22 million military veterans. For every purchase, Katy’s Goodness will donate funds to its nationally recognized charity partners: Easter Seals, Student Veterans of America, Warriors in the Workplace, and Support Military Foundation. Proceeds will be allocated to local affiliates, going back to the communities where the cookie care package purchasers live.

A cookie care package costs $30 for the care package and the shipping. It is comprised of six packages of Katy’s Goodness My OH Mega® Cookies, a thank you card, and printed information on organizations that support America’s military veteran community with housing, jobs, education, and medical and mental health services. Each Katy’s Goodness bag includes about a dozen cookies. Once a care package is purchased, Katy’s Goodness will automatically ship the package to a military veteran on behalf of the purchaser. The gift is sent anonymously and arrives unannounced.

To participate in the program, visit the website and place an order for a cookie care package. A portion of your purchase will be donated to Easter Seals in support of our military and veterans programs. Go on and spread some holiday cheer!

Thank a Veteran with Katys Goodness

 

November 7, 2014
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

Could you run a 5K, 13.1 miles or 26.2 miles? What if it was the coldest day of the year so far? These individuals not only completed their runs in very cold weather, they spent months before the event fundraising on behalf of Easter Seals Crossroads.

2014 marked the second year of a partnership between our organization and the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, which took place on Saturday, November 1. Thousands of people packed the streets of downtown Indianapolis to participate in this race, and five of those were there to support Easter Seals Crossroads. 

Using FirstGiving, an online fundraising platform, these individuals created pages to express why they were logging miles for children and adults with disabilities. Here are the results:

Advisory Board member Dean Weseli says "Easter Seals Crossroads is a fantastic organization and Indianapolis' largest resource for those with disabilities, special needs, and challenges. Through the support they provide, individuals are able to experience more independence and greater dignity in their everyday lives. As an Advisory Board member of Easter Seals Crossroads, I am proud to be affiliated with such an organization." Dean raised $1,085 with his campaign!

Executive Administrative Assistant Sara South says "Easter Seals Crossroads provides services that help people with disabilities enjoy greater independence and dignity, and it's also a great place to work. I am proud to be a part of this great team." Sara raised $1,000 with her campaign as was the very first person to set up a page and reach her goal!

Crossroads Guild member Ginny Rabbit-Jenkins has a long history associated with our organization. In 1936, Mrs. William Gavin, her grandmother, founded what is now Easter Seals Crossroads after helping a club of 12 teenagers with disabilities form for socialization. "Many years later, I hope people see my grandmother’s traits of volunteerism, honor, duty and compassion for others in our community were firmly instilled in me." Ginny raised $916 with her campaign!

IT Manager Rick Krakora has ran in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon for two years now. Rick played varsity soccer in high school and currently coaches is son's soccer team. Recently, Rick gave the first kick at an Indy Eleven game supporting Easter Seals Crossroads. Rick raised $350 this year!

Adult Day Services Special Events and Activity Coordinator Gina Schultz solicitation donations for her FirstGiving page, but sadly she injured her foot a few weeks prior to the big race day. Gina has played soccer for years in school and has been active ever since. Her bright personality always brings a smile to your face when you talk to her and she has made quite the difference with Community Day Supports. Gina raised $155 with her campaign!

Accounts Payable Bookkeeper Cindy Sanders started running to focus on fitness and health two years ago. Since then, she has participated in numerous 5K's (sometimes twice in one weekend), hiked through parts of upper Michigan and recently completed her first 13.1. Cindy raised $150 with her campaign!

We would also like to thank the 37 volunteers who worked the expo and water station on our behalf. Without thousands of volunteers, the event would not be able to take place. Thank you to everyone who joined us as a volunteer, race participant, and fundraiser!

Please join us in thanking these participants for supporting Easter Seals Crossroads by running the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon! We hope to see you next year on Saturday, November 7! 

Monumental Marathon Logo

November 4, 2014
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On Saturday, October 25, over 250 people gathered together to coordinate, volunteer, sponsor and attend Hallow's Eve: A Night for Ability at the Indianapolis City Market. This inaugural event took months of planning and without these people, it would not have been such a success.

 Catacombs

Our event committee members attended over a dozen meetings, answered numerous emails and phone calls and assisted with the day of event preparation:

Caren Adelsperger, Special Events Intern at Easter Seals Crossroads
Angie Danner, Director of Human Resources at Easter Seals Crossroads
Heather Halliburton, Advisory Board
Marjorie Mansfield, Employment Manager at Easter Seals Crossroads
Dawn Neal, Board of Directors
Dan O’Brien, Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis
Brent Pierce, Director of Resource Development at Easter Seals Crossroads
Patricia Spence, Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis
Patrick Sandy, President and CEO of Easter Seals Crossroads
Dean Weseli, Advisory Board

Fran Gale

These 29 spooktacular volunteers assisted with registration, greeting guests, catacombs assistance, selling drink tickets, working the puzzle wall, clean up and handing out food and drinks:

Blake Allee
Chuck Corbin
Keesha Dixon
Jane Garrison
Ted Gransbury
Katrina Hecht
Don Heitman
Mary Kummings
Devonne Mullis
Julie Mund
Nikol Prieto
Curtiss Quirin
Ginny Rabbitt-Jenkins
Joelle Samples
Shayne Samples
Pat Schafer
Carlos Simpson
Jennifer Skinner
Amanda Spangler
Rob Srader
Kelly St. Clair
Kayla Stone
Tip Sweany
Heather Trojack
Everett Turner
Leonard Voigt
Ken Williams
Wade Wingler
Jenny Wingler

Wade and Jenny

These decorators, event planners and promotional partners spread the word about the event and enhanced the wayfinding and event experience:

David Jackson & Co
Indiana Landmarks
Indianapolis City Market & Tomlinson Tap Room
IndyHub
IndyStar
Palm Court Designs
Visit Indy
Yelp

Yelp Witches

Celebrity judges browsed the crowd to pick 4 of the best costumes of the evening:

Leslie Bailey, IndyStar Adventuress
Rowdie Bear, Indianapolis Indians Mascot
Nicole Misencik, WTHR Meteorologist

Nicole Misencik

Those delicious eats you enjoyed? They were crafted by these Indianapolis City Market vendors:

Brad Gates Catering
Chocolate for the Spirit
Circle City Soups
Spice Box
Three Carrots

Food Vendors

Futures were told by four local psychics who read palms, auras and tarot cards.

Fortunes

Sun King Brewing and RNDC of Indiana quenched your thirst with their beer and wine, allowing Easter Seals Crossroads to make a generous profit on day of sales. 

And of course, our event sponsors, whom which our event would not have been as successful without, especially our presenting sponsor Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield:

Absorb Entertainment
AON Risk Solutions
Dean Weseli
Dr. Andrew & Laura Dahlem
Dr. Richard and Sue DiMarchi
ExactTarget
Marketing Tech Blog
Mishel Dental
Nestle Water
Old National Bank
Robertson Financial
Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis
Stanley Security
Stonegate Mortgage
Technology Innovation Group
The Financial Resource Center
Union Jack

Many thanks to everyone who attended this inaugural event. Save the date for October 24, 2015!

Hallow's Eve A Night for Ability Banner
 

 

November 3, 2014
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The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) and Health by Design are coming together for a special workshop to highlight how mobility options create livable communities. 

IndyGo will kick off the day with its Travel Training Program – an opportunity for IndyGo staff to share “how to ride” knowledge with first-time transit riders and answer all questions. Health by Design’s Livability and Mobility in Your Community workshop will offer a platform for discussion, activities and action planning – participants will learn practical skills for promoting transportation options and shaping public policy where they live. Participants will be encouraged to engage in an ongoing advocacy project or group that will lead to lasting mobility improvements in their communities.

WHEN: Thursday, November 13 from 10 AM to 1 PM

WHERE: IndyGo's Office - 1501 W Washington Street

COST: The event is free and lunch is included, but registration is required.

Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ICAT_IndyGo_registration to register by November 11. Please contact Addison Pollock with any additional questions or comments.
apollock@acsm.org or 317-352-3817.

October 16, 2014
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On Thursday, October 2 a group of nineteen Eli Lilly & Company employees came to Easter Seals Crossroads and spent the afternoon cleaning, sanding and staining around twenty pieces of furniture that is used in our children’s respite program, Parents’ Night Out. The group was a part of the Lilly Global Day of Service, where nearly 24,000 Lilly employees spent a day outsides of the office, volunteering in communities around the world.

The group revitalized some pieces of solid wood children’s furniture that was over twenty years old. Now the pieces look brand new and the extra coats of polyurethane will add another layer of protection from tiny hands. We are very grateful for their hard work!

Lilly Day of Service

Lilly Day of Service

Lilly Day of Service

Lilly Day of Service

If your group, school, or business is interested in volunteering at Easter Seals Crossroads, please contact Tessa Barnard, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator, at tbarnard@eastersealscrossroads.org.

This blog was written by Tessa Barnard, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator at Easter Seals Crossroads.

 

October 13, 2014
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

Improve Yours: A Call for Healthy Communities is the theme for the 2014 Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities Conference. Held December 8 and 9 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, 2014 marks 20 years of the annual conference and this year emphasizes the critical need to ensure Indiana's communities promote health - physical, mental, cultural, and social - for all citizens.

The two day conference hosts a wide variety of speakers from across the US who each have a connection to disability and health and wellness. This year's keynote speakers include:

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett - Best know for putting the city "on a diet," Cornett focused $800 million on parks, urban transit, wellness centers and infrastructure to enhance the quality of life for residents. 

Mary Paterson, Ph.D - Associate Dean, School of Nursing at The Catholic University of American - Dr. Paterson has provided consultation and testimony on health care policy issues for the US Senate, the California and Nevada legislatures, and the Maryland State Nurses' Association, among others. She has provided technical guidance and consultation to international health projects in more than 20 countries. 

Julie Willems Van Dijk, R.N., Ph.D. - Associate Scientist and Deputy Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute - Dr. Van Dijk's research focuses in the area of quality of community health improvement planning processes. She has worked with numerous partners across the nation to improve the health of communities nationwide and has worked in local public health for 21 years holding roles as a public health nurse, director of nursing and health officer. 

In addition to the keynote speakers is an impressive roster of speaker sessions with topics such as:

  • Violence as a Health Issue

  • Crosswalks to Health: Complete Streets

  • Enriching Life through Social Interaction: Vistability

  • Affordable Housing: Opening Your Community To All

  • And several more 

During scheduled breaks, visit the Assistive Technology Lab hosted by our own INDATA Project. Attendees will have the chance to get up close and personal with the latest assistive technology devices for low vision, hearing, mobility, independent living and more. You'll see demonstrations of equipment and software, as well as learn about loans and funding assistance.

To register for Improve Yours: A Call for Healthy Communities, visit http://gcpdconference.org before November 21. A limited number of scholarships are available for Indiana SSI, SSDI or TANF recipients. For more information, contact Sandy Kite Hunt, Healthy Communities Conference Coordinator, at (317) 786-7272, (866) 786-7272 or skh4hog@comcast.net. 

October 7, 2014
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Easter Seals Crossroads wants you take you underground to the creepiest, darkest, spookiest place Indianapolis has to offer - the City Market catacombs.

Catacombs Photo

On Saturday, October 25 from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m., we are making it happen at our inaugural Hallow’s Eve: A Night for Ability event. Located in Indianapolis City Market, Hallow’s Eve will feature historic catacomb tours, delicious treats from a variety of food vendors, beer from Sun King Brewing, wine and entertainment from fire spinners, magicians, tarot card readers, palm readers, and a costume contest.

During Hallow’s Eve, we want to you to experience the scary 20,000 feet of musty, dusty, spooky, and scary space that is full of history and mystery. But for now, here are ten facts to uncover some of the unknown:

1. The Indianapolis City Market catacombs are over one hundred years old.

2. The catacombs are one of only a dozen catacomb sites in the United States today.

3. The catacombs are what are left of Tomlinson Hall, which was built in 1886. The hall used to hold 3,500 people.

4. In 1886, the City Market vendors served food in the catacombs.

5. The first basketball game ever viewed in Indianapolis was played at Tomlinson Hall.

6. One hundred years ago, the catacombs also served as a nightly homeless shelter to men and women to seek warmth during a bad Indianapolis winter.

7. Tomlinson Hall burnt down in 1958.

8. All that remains is limestone, brick archways, dirt floors, and deep, dark rooms.

9. According to Stevi Stoesz, City Market Executive Director, “There is a haunted chair in one of the rooms leading off of the catacombs. It don't think it has been moved for years.”

10. To date, 700 people have toured the City Market catacombs through Indiana Landmarks.

Will you be one of them? Indiana Landmarks docents will provide information about the catacombs as you browse the space and visit the four psychic readers who will be waiting to tell your future.

Join us at Hallow’s Eve: A Night for Ability to uncover more of the creepy, dark, spooky, space the Indianapolis City Market has to offer. Purchase your tickets today at http://hallowseveability.eventbrite.com! Proceeds from the event support Easter Seals Crossroads' programs and services for children and adults with special needs, disabilities and challenges in central Indiana. 

Check out this Historic Indianapolis video interview with Stevi Stoesz for more information about the catacombs:

Today's post was written by Caren Adelsperger, Special Events Intern at Easter Seals Crossroads.

September 10, 2014
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According to the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA), the week of September 15-19 is National Adult Day Services Week, and Easter Seals Crossroads is celebrating with our Annual Fall Festival on Friday, September 19.

 Fall Festival 2013

George Hill from the Indiana Pacers joined us last year at our Fall Festival to shoot hoops

Our medically-based adult day services program uses individual plans of care to provide a variety of health, social, recreational and therapeutic activities, supervision, support services, and personal care.
 

Did you know our Adult Day Services program...

  • Was opened in the Fall of 2001

  • Was the first Adult Day Services program in Indianapolis to serve younger adults with disabilities only

  • Currently has 51 clients enrolled in services 

  • Employs 3 Licensed Practical Nurses, an RN consultant, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, 5 Certified Nurses Aids, and a Medical Social Worker

  • Is CARF accredited 

Our clients...

  • Have individually anywhere from 4 to 18 goals they are actively working on each day

  • 36% of the clients live in their own home with supports

  • Are 100% satisfied with services according to the most recent survey

  • 93% of the clients made functional gains and progress toward all goals in the past 6 months

Join us for Beat the Challenge at our Annual Fall Festival from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday, September 19 in our Therapy and Wellness Garden for food and game challenges, special guests and celebrities, KG Slider Station food for purchase, entertainment, live music, face painting and more. While you're here, you can speak with the Adult Day Services staff and learn about program options at Easter Seals Crossroads for children, adults and adolescents with disabilities, special needs and challenges. Contact Tracy Wright at 317.466.2008 for more information.

September 3, 2014
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Whether you are a parent of a child with special needs, a teacher, a therapist, or anyone who works with children on a daily basis, the INDATA Project has a free training you may benefit from.

WHAT: Facilitating Play for Children of All Abilities

WHEN: Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

WHERE: Easter Seals Crossroads 5th Floor Conference Rooms

Hayley Anderson, CTRS/Manager of Family Services & Partnerships from National Lekotek Center will provide training on facilitating play for children and the use of adaptable toys. Lekotek Centers is a not-for-profit organization that provides services to children with special needs through utilization of toys and play. The goal of the organization is to use these play techniques "to help children learn, develop and thrive in a world that presents them with many unique and complex challenges."

Attendees may register to attend in-person or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facilitating-play-for-children-of-all-abilities-adaptive-toys-tickets-12602852471.

In 2007, Easter Seals Crossroads partnered with the State of Indiana, Bureau of Rehabilitative Services to establish the Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA) Project. The INDATA Project is one of 56 similar federally-funded projects designed to increase access and awareness of assistive technology. To find a similar project in another US state or territory, visit www.RESNAProjects.org.