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    Inclusive Community

    Creating a community in which individuals with disabilities thrive is the driving factor to our mission. In addition to our grants, we partner with organizations in Northeast Indiana to build inclusion for our region. Here’s what we’ve been doing.

    Inclusive hiring practices are key to building a community in which local companies can attract and retain talent. Our employment initiative has made great strides in this arena. In addition to that, Northeast Indiana has many assets for those of all abilities and various interests. Check out why this is a great place to live for everyone.

    Buddy Benches

    As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we placed 10 Buddy Benches in area schools with designs by local artists. These benches promote inclusion; if a child is lonely, they sit on the bench and it lets other children know they want to play. Check out the benches in our Buddy Bench Brochure.

    Safety Kits

    We are proud to provide FREE Special Needs Safety Kits for Kids to the Fort Wayne community. These kits may be picked up at any FWFD Fire Station to encourage a connection between your family and your local fire department. This connection ensures that firefighters are aware of people with disabilities in their service area and creates a trust between your children and the firefighters.

    If you already have the kit and are looking for extra pages, those can be found below.

    Inclusive Attractions

    Northeast Indiana has several inclusive parks and attractions, but sometimes you want a day or two to get away. We found some places within a few hours travel that have made it a priority to be inclusive to the disability community. Those located in Northeast Indiana are included, just in case you are not aware of them. We hope you enjoy all of these parks and attractions. Please let us know if we missed anything by going here.

    Inclusive Attractions Map