LIFEDesigns’ Fall Newsletter

Newsletter Feature Image Fall 2012
Keep us with us if you can! We are always on the move, working with people with disabilities to become more independent. Check out what we have been up to by reading our quarterly Newsletter.
A preview of what you will find in the Fall Newsletter:
  • An article by CEO Susan Rinne about Crawford Apartments
  • Pictures of our customers participating in the Special Olympics
  • Our Annual Picnic and Halloween Party
  • A recap of Kids LEAP
  • Buddy Walk 2012
  • Information about our Holiday Party that you won’t want to miss


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LIFEDesigns’ Halloween Party – A Time to Celebrate Giving Back

The LIFEDesigns’ Halloween Party was Tuesday, October 30th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bloomington Moose Lodge.  This year’s bash, the most anticipated of the year for LIFEDesigns customers and staff, featured games, food, costumes, prizes, and dancing, with music provided by Dance Machine Entertainment. Volunteers from Indiana University’s Kelley School International Business Association and Chi Delta Phi Sorority provided volunteers for the event. Pizza was contributed by Pizza Hut and Pizza X. The Halloween party was open to the public and over 250 people attended.

In addition to the fun activities, LIFEDesigns celebrated giving back to the community.  After two months of fundraising, LIFEDesigns wrapped up their United Way of Monroe County Annual Campaign at the party with the “winners” of Penny Wars receiving a pie in the face!  Penny Wars is just one of the many activities LIFEDesigns hosts, giving staff the opportunity to support their local United Way.  Employees in the office also participated in Jeans for a Cause, paying a dollar a day to wear jeans to work throughout the month of October.  Payroll deduction to the United Way was also encouraged as employees who chose to donate i this way were entered into a raffle to win gas cards.  LIFEDesigns‘ goal was to raise 10% more for this year’s Monroe County Annual Campaign than last year’s: they more than succeeded as they nearly tripled their contributions this year!  LIFEDesigns is a United Way  agency in Monroe County, Lawrence County and Bartholomew County as services are provided mainly to residents in these three counties.  LIFEDesigns is proud to support the United Way because of all they do for the community.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

There are many ways that we can bring awareness to providing employment for people with disabilities.

Are you an employer?

  • To learn more about how you can employ an individual with a disability call us at 800-875-9615 and ask to talk to our Supported Employment Director. 

Looking for a job?

  • If you are an individual with a disability looking for a job, we can help you! Call our Supported Employment Director today and find out how our team can help you find gainful and meaningful employment in a field you are interested in.

Find out more information about how you can participate in Disability Employment Awareness Month from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy at

See the President’s Proclamation about Disability Employment Awareness Month below.

October 1, 2012

For Immediate Release


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In the 22 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we have made significant progress in giving all Americans the freedom to make of our lives what we will. Yet, in times of prosperity as well as challenge, people with disabilities have had fewer opportunities in our workplaces than those without. As we work to revitalize our economy, it is essential that each of us can bring our talents, expertise, and passion to bear in the marketplace. But a stronger economy is not enough; we must ensure not only full participation, but also full opportunity. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we recognize the indispensable contributions people with disabilities make in our economy and recommit to building a country where each of us can realize the full extent of our dreams.

Because America’s workforce should reflect the diversity of its people — including people with disabilities — my Administration remains committed to helping our businesses, schools, and communities support our entire workforce. To meet this challenge, the Federal Government must be a model employer. That is why I was proud to sign an Executive Order in 2010 that called on Federal agencies to increase recruitment, hiring, and retention of people with disabilities. In 2012, the Office of Personnel Management reported on our progress, revealing that we are moving toward meeting our goal of hiring an additional 100,000 people with disabilities into the Federal workforce over 5 years. Today, more people with disabilities work for the Federal Government than at any time in the past 20 years, and we are striving to make it easier to get and keep those jobs by improving compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

All Americans are entitled to an accessible workplace, a level playing field, and the same privileges, pursuits, and opportunities as any of their family, friends, and neighbors. This month, let us rededicate ourselves to bringing down barriers and raising up aspirations for all our people, regardless of disability, so we may share in a brighter future together.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2012 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. I urge all Americans to embrace the talents
and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to our workplaces and communities and to promote the right to equal employment opportunity for all people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

Barack Obama

Buddy Walk 2012!!!

“Sunday, October 7th, the Down Syndrome Family Connection will host its 5th annual Buddy Walk at Bryan Park in Bloomington.  The fun begins for the whole family at 1:30pm with live music by the Bloomington Brass Quintet  and Kid Kazooey.  There will also be an outdoor carnival, a bouncy house and more.  Registration opens at 1:30pm with the walk at 3pm.  Free snacks and drinks will be available and people are invited to set up their chairs and blankets for the outdoor concert.  Registration is free, but walkers must register by Sept. 28 to get a t-shirt.  Register, join a team, or make a donation at, or email “

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Dawn Gray via email or phone: 812 219-1271.  Click here to view the flyer:  BuddyWalkFlyer2012

Thank you for your continued support!
Dawn Gray
Down Syndrome Family Connection, v.p.