Indiana University’s Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and the AWS Foundation of Fort Wayne are partnering to implement Indiana Disability Resource FINDER as part of the university’s library information and referral services. The database provides access to community services for persons with disabilities and their families.
FINDER is a free online resource specifically designed to connect people with disabilities, family members, and professionals with disability-related programs and services.
“Research has shown that locating information about disability services and resources is a major hurdle for community stakeholders and disability professionals,” said Derek Nord, IIDC director. “As a state-wide tool, FINDER assists in making information accessible and geographically relevant for all Hoosiers. Through our extensive work across Indiana that touches on all stages of life, the IIDC is excited to expand FINDER’s reach to make it the go-to resource.”
The partners say service providers, community advocates, and medical professionals regularly contribute to FINDER, keeping the information current.
“Combined with IIDC’s leadership and specialized skills and experience, FINDER provides the latest technology to expand collaboration and develop new partnerships to help empower parents, teachers, caregivers, and others to find answers to disability-related questions and become a more informed advocate,” said Patti Hays, chief executive officer of AWS Foundation.
You can connect to the database by clicking here.