Welcome IU Students!

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LIFEDesigns loves IU!


Are you an IU student?

Do YOU want to get involved working with people with disabilities?

We have opportunities for you!

*Help volunteer at agency events: 

    • Halloween Party
    • Holiday Party
    • Art of Chocolate

Contact: Leslie Abshier, Community Development Officer
Email: labshier (at) lifedesignsinc.org
Phone: 812.332.9615

*Help host or set-up a fundraiser for LIFEDesigns

    • Benefit Concert
    • Dine to Donate
    • Be Creative! What else can you come up with?

Contact: Leslie Abshier, Community Development Officer
Email: labshier (at) lifedesignsinc.org

*Work for LIFEDesigns:

    • Part-time hours available
    • Paid training
    • Work as little or as much as you want
    • Work on your own schedule around your classes, we are VERY flexible
    • Work with people with disabilities and get PAID to do it!
    • Great on a resume if you are focusing your education on Special Education, Social Work, Public Health, nursing, pre-med, and many others! Don’t put waitress, retail or bartender on your resume, put something relevant to your career path!

Contact: Marianne Stemm, HR Director
Email: mstemm (at) lifedesignsinc.org
Phone: 812.332.9615

See our Careers Page for more info.

Columbus Picnic at Donner Park

Annual Picnic Invitation Columbus 2013 FB

LIFEDesigns is hosting another picnic this year!

It will be held in Columbus, IN at the Donner Park Shelter House (the same location as the 2012 picnic) on Saturday, September 14th from 1-3pm.

LIFEDesigns will provide all of the food and music and you can provide the fun! Come join us from 1pm to 3pm for a great time. All are welcome and there is no charge to attend. This year DSP Appreciation Week is Sept. 9th through the 14th, so this is a great way to end the week. We hope you can make it. For a ride please call 800.875.9615.

Giving Never TASTED So Good!


Get yummy frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf on Third Street near HuHot and McAlister’s in Bloomington!! Take everyone you know, Thursday, August 22nd anytime from 11am to 11pm and MENTION LIFEDesigns (no flier needed). If you mention LIFEDesigns, Orange Leaf will donate 20% of your sale to us and the people with disabilities we support! Help us out by doing something you love! Donating always feels good…now it tastes good, too!Help us spread the word! Go to www.facebook.com/lifedesignsinc and re-post what we have shared about this event! Invite your friends on Facebook to this event as well. The more people we can get at Orange Leaf anytime from 11am to 11pm on Thursday, August 22nd the better! Our goal is 80 people, but can you help us get more than that? We think so! Let’s see how many people we can get!

Benefit Concert

Sports LIFEDesigns Benefit

Kilroy’s Sports Bar is kind enough to host a benefit for LIFEDesigns on August 6th from 7pm to 10pm. Thanks Linda!

At Kilroy’s Sports Bar on Walnut you can take advantage of $2 Tuesdays. Check out their website to find out more: http://kilroyssports.com. Usually on $2 Tuesdays, there is no cover. However, from 7pm to 10pm on August 6th, Sports will be asking for $5 donations at the door to benefit the people LIFEDesigns serves with disabilities. We are pleased to be able to provide guests with a live performance by 8 Track Mind that evening as well. Thanks fellas! They are playing for us at no charge and helping us raise money to support the services we provide. Check out more about 8 Track Mind on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/8trackmindbloomington.

We appreciate Sports and 8 Track Mind contributing to put on a benefit show for LIFEDesigns…..now all we need is….


Tell your friends and come join us for a great night! We’ll see you there!


Disabilities by the Numbers

Disability Stats

More Numbers….


Population Distribution

56.7 million – Number of people with a disability living in the United States in 2010. They represented 19 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population. Disabilities include, for instance, having difficulty seeing, hearing, having speech understood, walking, bathing, dressing, eating, preparing meals, going outside the home, or doing housework, having Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, cerebral palsy, or dyslexia, and being frequently depressed or anxious.

By age —

  • 8 percent of children under 15 had disabilities.
  • 21 percent of people 15 and older had disabilities.
  • 17 percent of people 21 to 64 had disabilities.
  • 50 percent of adults 65 and older had disabilities.

By gender — 

  • 20 percent – percentage of females with a disability.
  • 17 percent – percentage of males with a disability.

Where They Live

19% – Percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population in West Virginia with a disability ? the highest rate of any state in the nation. Utah, at 9 percent, had the lowest rate.

Earnings and Poverty

323,000 – Number of employed people with disabilities earning $100,000 or more annually. This amounts to 4 percent of all people with disabilities who were employed, compared with 8 percent of people without a disability who were employed.

On the Job

53% – Percentage of the civilian labor force with a disability who worked as either service workers (except protective services), with 18.2 percent, administrative support (15.1 percent), sales workers (10.4 percent) and management, business and finance (8.9 percent).

315,000 – The number of janitors and building cleaners with a disability ? the most common occupation for people with disabilities. Among occupations with 100,000 or more people, dishwashers had the highest disability rate, with 14.3 percent.  

Government Assistance

30% – Among people who received income-based government assistance, the percentage who had a disability; 18 percent of assistance recipients had difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

57% – Percentage of assistance recipients with a disability who received only in-kind assistance. By comparison, 2 percent received cash assistance only and 41 percent received both kinds.

58% – Among people who received both cash and in-kind assistance, the percentage who had a disability.

42% – The percentage of income-based assistance recipients in West Virginia who had a disability, which led all states. Arizona ranked the lowest, at 25 percent.  

More Specific Disabilities

11.6 million – Not shown above, but is the number of people 15 and older who do not use a wheelchair, but do use a cane, crutches or walker.


Note: This entire page came from the Census Bureau page: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff15.html. See their sources.

Here is the editor’s note from the Census Bureau: “The following data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: <PIO@census.gov>.”