Indiana University

New Workbook for Advocates of Livable Communities

February 2014

Advocates of Livable Communities: Working Together for Change is now available on the LifetimeCommunities.org website. It was designed as a workbook for participants of an innovative 2013 training that brought together participants from both the aging and disability communities of 3 Indiana towns. The workbook offers information about livability concepts and provides tools for advocacy and change.

In the fall of 2013 thirty-nine citizens of Shelbyville, Crawfordsville and Huntington, Indiana successfully completed 5 full, intensive days of training; some are reenergized and some are newly active in their communities as advocates for livability. Each group jointly represented persons with disabilities of all kinds and older adult activists – perhaps one of the first-in-the-country examples of such a training format. Following an exciting and productive closing reception with local high level public officials, each community looks to the newly trained advocates for collaboration and inspiration around affordable housing, accessibility, complete streets, walkability, and many other livability features that can be addressed through public policy and community mobilization.

The program was sponsored by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services. It was developed and conducted by the Indiana University Center on Aging and Community and the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging and Community.

The workbook, in pdf format, is free and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. You may share this material with proper credit. Derivatives or commercial use are not permitted.

Download Advocates of Livable Communities: Working Together for Change.


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