Indiana University

Two Indiana Cities Chosen for Advocates for Livable Communities Trainings

July 2, 2014

Richmond and Bedford are the latest Indiana towns that have been chosen to offer trainings to citizens on how to advocate for age-and-ability-friendly communities. The five-day training is an opportunity for older adults and people with disabilities to work together, taking action to improve the livability of their home communities. These workshops are funded by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities and delivered by Indiana University’s Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) and the Center for Aging and Community at the University of Indianapolis.

"Advocates for Livable Communities: Working Together for Change" provides information on livability concepts and how to apply them in the areas of Mobility, Health, Housing, Social and Cultural Opportunities, Recreation, Work, Education, and Civic Engagement. Participants improve their advocacy skills by learning how to work with others to make change, write effective letters and news articles, present testimony, work with community partners, and serve on local boards and commissions.

The workshops were piloted in two communities in 2013, with thirty-five citizens from Shelbyville, Crawfordsville, and Huntington, Indiana successfully completing the training. A workbook, Advocates of Livable Communities: Working Together for Change is available for download.

For more information about the trainings to be held in Richmond and Bedford, or to request an application form, contact Jennie Todd at the IIDC's Center on Aging and Community at Indiana University, 1905 N. Range Road, Bloomington, IN 47408-9801. Telephone: 812-855-6508. E-mail: