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Seena Skelton - Disability and Communities of Color During a Pandemic
"I was very strategic about making sure that when I got the vaccine I went to a location that was situated in a suburban, majority white community." Seena Skelton, Director of Operations, Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center, was interviewed…

Melody Cooper - I'm Not Saying Goodbye Through an iPad
"Can I see him? That's all I want to do is see him." The doctor called Melody Cooper to tell her that her husband's body was beginning to shut down. Like many others whose family members got COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic, she was told…

Disability History: The Story of Why Your Job Makes a Difference
The Indiana Disability History Project has developed a self-paced online training for direct support professionals (DSPs). The 45-minute training provides a brief introduction to the historical experience of Hoosiers with disabilities, connecting…

Teri Whitaker - COVID-19 Is a Serious Threat to My Life
“I really don't think there's an area of my life that the pandemic hasn't touched, whether it's through my home healthcare or my ability to go out and do things socially.” Teri Whitaker has muscular dystrophy, which impacts her lung function. She…

Mr. and Mrs. Blair - Some Get Better Equipment and Services Than Others
"Distressed" and "oppressed," is how Tony and Connie Blair describe the city of Gary and the Northwest Indiana region where the Blind Social Center is located. They founded the center in 2014 after Mr. Blair, a general contractor, lost his eyesight…

Marty Stone - Protecting Family During the Pandemic
"Both me and my husband have high risk conditions and my son does too. We stayed home most of last year and it's been rough." Marty Stone lives in Noblesville, Indiana and is the mother of an 11-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son with multiple…

Zully JF Alvarado - "I Never Labeled Myself as Disabled"
The school principal was shaking her head. "She said that I wasn't wanted." At first, Zully Alvarado thought the American grammar school she was so excited about attending was rejecting her because, as an emigrant to the U.S. from Ecuador, her…

Kylee Hope - The Pandemic's Impact on People with Disabilities
Kylee Hope was Director of Indiana's Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services during the first 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Interviewed shortly after that period, when she had recently retired from her position, she provides an…

Neglect in the Institutions
"You cannot walk onto a unit and see visible injuries on 12 of 14 people that weren't there the week before and not suspect something is terribly wrong there." Two officials share observations about the treatment of residents at Muscatatuck State…

They Told Parents 'Stick Them in an Institution'
"Our society told parents at that time, they’re retarded, you don’t want them at home, stick them in an institution, forget that they were born." Three interviewees who worked as staff at Muscatatuck and New Castle State Hospitals in the 1960s and…