Indiana Lt. Gov. Announces Money To Assist People With Disabilities
By: Mike Stiles - Friday, February 12, 2021

Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch (photo courtesy of State of Indiana)

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Some Northern Indiana communities will be receiving money to specifically assist some citizens.

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch announced Thursday that 11 communities around the Hoosier State have partnered with non-profits and will receive $1.63 million in federal funding through the new Community Connections for People with Disabilities grant program. This is being offered through a partnership between the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services.

LaGrange County partnered with The Arc of LaGrange County and will be receiving $67,113. The money will be used to purchase 50 iPads for a device lending library intended to facilitate access to social opportunities, educational programming and health services.

The City of Goshen, in a partnership with ADEC Inc., is being awarded $155,322 to create a virtual and physical sensory trail experience. This will include three cameras for virtual viewing, and a virtual smartphone application for exploration of trails. It will also be for the purchase of ten iPads for a device lending library to facilitate access to the trail experience, and consultation hours for music and recreational therapists to enhance the sensory experience of the trails.

The City of South Bend, in partnership with LOGAN Community Resources, is being awarded $69,000 to purchase 36 iPads and 32 hotspots for a device lending library intended to facilitate access to natural support networks and virtual social and emotional support programming.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the life of every Hoosier, according to Crouch. These partnerships will reconnect Hoosiers with disabilities to their crucial support systems, while also creating new ways for these individuals to thrive and pursue their aspirations.


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