You Eat, They Donate!

Eat at Noodles & Co. on Kirkwood in Bloomington on Tuesday, April 23rd from 5pm to 9pm and BRING THIS COUPON BELOW with you and Noodles will donate 25% of you sale! Print it out from HERE, from our Facebook page or pick them up at our office at 200 E. Winslow Rd., Bloomington, IN. Help us out by doing something you love! Eating grrrrrrreat food at Noodles & Co.!

Help us spread the word! Go to 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 Noodles that night 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!




LIFEDesigns’ Spring Newsletter

Spring is here and so is the LIFEDesigns Letter: Our Newsletter to the LIFEDesigns Community. We want to keep you up-to-date on what we are doing, working with people with disabilities to become more independent. Check out what we have been up to by reading our latest Newsletter.
In the Spring Newsletter you will find:
  • An article by CEO Susan Rinne about the year ahead
  • Pictures and recap from the Holiday Party
  • A recap of the Week and Art of Chocolate
  • Crawford Apartments Groundbreaking
  • Columbus Open House
  • Monthly Awards to Staff and Customers
  • Celebrating our First Anniversary
  • Disability Awareness Month
  • Dine-to-Donate Fundraisers
  • MLK Jr. Day Volunteers
  • Information about our Annual Awards Ceremony coming up
Want to read more?
Continue to keep an eye out for Newsletters in the mail and online from LIFEDesigns.
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Homeward Bound Walk A Success!

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to join the LIFEDesigns team on Sunday, April 14th for the Homeward Bound Walk!

We had a team of over 60 people and raised over $200 for the fight against homelessness. The funds raised benefited Shalom Center, Centerstone, MCUM, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and others. Even though LIFEDesigns was not an agency that benefited, we still showed up to support this great cause and other agencies in our community working to end homelessness. Thank you to the LIFEDesigns family for coming together to support our community! We appreciate your participation!

Homeward Bound Walk

Here’s how to sign-up:

  • Go to
  • Click on “Register to Walk”
  • Select “Join an Existing Team”
  • In the “Select Team” drop-down menu, choose “LIFEDesigns”
  • Continue to register and you are set to walk with the LIFEDesigns group on Sunday, April 14th at 1:00pm. Meet us at The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park (Third Street Park). Look for Marianne Stemm, our HR Director. She is our site coordinator. Also, look for the sea of orange t-shirts with the LIFEDesigns logo on them!

Autism Awareness

Do you really know about Autism?

We have a list of wonderful resources to help you learn about Autism and spread the word to bring awareness about individuals on the spectrum. If you have a resource that you use, but is not listed here, please post a link on our Facebook page!

Autism Speaks is a nonprofit organization that provides resources on their site for free to download (here and here), including the 100 Day Kit for families who have a child recently diagnosed with autism. For still more information and resources please see their Video Glossary and FAQs and special sections on Diagnosis, Symptoms, Learn the Signs, Treatment, Your Child’s Rights, Asperger Syndrome and PDD-NOS.

The American Academy of Pediatrics joins with other child health organizations in recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Pediatricians screen children for ASD, and support families whose children have this diagnosis. Here are some new resources provided by the AAP for pediatricians and families.

During April, parents, caregivers and health care providers can visit for free samples from the toolkit and to preview chapters from the parent book. Additional information for pediatricians can be found on, and for parents at

The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.  The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Autism prevalence is now one in every 88 children in America. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture – and educate folks on the potential of people with autism! To learn more about the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon visit To purchase the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon for your shirt, car, locker or refrigerator, click here.