People, Not Punchlines

Posted on March 8, 2021

by Kristi Chadderdon

Each March, Hoosiers celebrate Disability Awareness Month, sponsored by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. Promoting awareness and focusing on community inclusion for all members of the community is the goal.

Each March, we celebrate Disability Awareness Month throughout Indiana. On this, the 30th year for our campaign, we chose the theme “People, Not Punchlines” to acknowledge an ugly truth: Persons with disabilities are sometimes turned into objects of ridicule. But rather than being the butt of a joke, each individual in our campaign uses humor to open a conversation and highlight ways in which we can all understand each other better.

There are many ways to achieve a better understanding of what living with a disability may be like and the Library is ready to help with that. 


Stream Movies

The Library’s streaming service, Kanopy, offers viewers an opportunity to watch documentaries on living life with a disability. The Story of Luke, a comedy about 25 year-old Luke who is autistic and embarks on a quest for a job and a girlfriend. We get a look at life on the spectrum and how it is actually very similar to anyone in search of finding an independent lifestyle. 


Interactive Learning Station

In an effort to provide easy access and help for customers to live more independently, we have acquired the TAP-it Interactive Learning Station at the Main Library. The Tap-It is a high quality, ADA compliant interactive screen, designed to bring learning to students of all ages that may need additional assistance with screen usage.  The TAP-it Station is located in the  Youth Services Department of the Main Library. 


Additional Resources

If you are interested in sharing stories or helping your children understand more about the differences they may encounter in their lives at school or in public, here are some great resources:

For more information about how you can bring disability awareness to your workplace, school, or community visit


Kristi Chadderdon

Kristi Chadderdon

Kristi wants to live in a world filled with sea glass-covered beaches and Great Danes. As a professional with more than 6 years of marketing experience at the library, she’s been put to the test on a regular basis to create innovative and thoughtful marketing materials and campaigns. She is a big proponent for “Bring Your Dog To Work Day”, however, the administration doesn’t seem to be as enthusiastic.
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