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JAG News April 2017

Disability Awareness Month

Cloverdale JAG continued its month long initiative to promote disability awareness in the Cloverdale High School community by focusing on inclusion and the understanding of the experience of those with mobility challenges.  During SRT period, members of Cloverdale JAG presented poster boards and activities informing the community of the incidence, prognosis and adaptations of those with facing ambulatory difficulties.  In particular, a selected student experienced a day in a wheelchair; which entailed having to use sliding boards, using alternative routes to destinations, and learning how to raise the chair off of two legs (pop-a-wheelie) to move up to raised surfaces.  Members of the school community learned to adapt the game of tennis for the those that require the use of the wheelchair, while others participated in an inclusive game of baseball, one in which the mobility challenged teammate pitched the entire game and was granted a "designated fielder" similar to the traditional application of the "designated hitter".


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Terre Haute North Assists with Easter Egg Hunt

North JAG Students participated in the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)  and Remnant Christian Church community wide Easter egg hunt again this year.  On April 8th three students met at the church with several other community groups and worked as one big team to stuff 23,000 eggs.  Those eggs were brought to the school and carefully laid out on the football field March 30th.  JAG students noticed that several eggs needed inspection and repair before being set out on the field.   All of the volunteers helped carry equipment and supplies to designated areas.   The JAG students pitched in and helped as directed.  Booths were set up and JAG students prepared their area for attendee’s entertainment.  Assignments were given to each student.  JAG students helped man one of the bouncy slides, a fish bowl game, and three other table game areas.  One JAG student even assisted with bathroom detail.  Part of that detail work was to make sure this area remained safe for the children.  After the event JAG students assisted with tear down and trash clean up.  We worked from 7:30 am to 1:45 pm.  At the end of the event we were tired but glad to serve our community at such a great event.

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2017 WorkOne Awards

INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2017) – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and its WorkOne Career Centers hosted their biennial WorkOne Achievement Awards on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Statehouse. The ceremony recognized the success of Hoosier employees and employers who have received services through WorkOne. PPG Industrial Coatings and Natasha Trinkle of Terre Haute, Ind., were two of 22 recipients who received an employer award and an individual award, respectively. Both recipients were nominated for the award by their local WorkOne center.

PPG Industrial Coatings received a WorkOne Achievement Award for partnering with WorkOne to create employment opportunities for local Hoosiers.


PPG Industrial Coatings manufactures environmentally responsible products that use less energy and utilize better application processes. PPG offers industrial coatings that allow customers to reduce their hazardous air pollutants emissions. The company’s two facilities in Brazil, Ind., manufacture both powder and liquid coatings which are shipped all over the world. PPG uses WorkOne services to advertise job openings and to test candidates. The company has filled numerous positions throughout the last six years with the assistance of WorkOne employer services.

Pictured left is WorkOne Business Consultant Brad Trusler, PPG HR Director Jim Holtel, PPG HR Generalist Kelly Shillings and DWD Commissioner Steve Braun.

PPG Industrial Coatings


Natasha Trinkle received a WorkOne Achievement Award for overcoming several employment barriers and personal challenges, and for pursuing a better life for herself.

Accompanied by WorkOne Career Advisor Tina Kent, Trinkle is pictured with Commissioner Steve Braun.

Natasha Trinkle

Trinkle enrolled in WorkOne services in November of 2014 as an in-school youth. At the time, she was 21 years old, in her first semester of a Registered Nurse (RN) program and was homeless. Throughout her schooling, WorkOne helped Trinkle with tuition, books, uniforms, NCLEX testing and frequent mentoring and counseling. Trinkle graduated from the program, passed her NCLEX and saved enough money to put a deposit on an apartment. With a place to call home and working as an RN, Natasha is now on a path to a better life.

JAG Entrepreneurs Take First Place in State Contest

On Friday March 18, the first place winners from January's Regional Career Development Conference went to Indianapolis for the State Competition.

Region 7 was well represented and the students did a fantastic job.

The Entreprenuership Team of Dawson Jenkins & Rashawn Nicoson from Terre Haute North High School captured First Place.


In the Outstanding Senior competition, Terre Haute North Senior Evelynn Duncan finished in Third Place.


Eveylnn's Interview:


Congratulations to all of the competitors who did a great job representing Region 7!

Region 7:  Left to Right: Neelie Henderson (THN), Taylor Phillippe (THN), Evelynn Duncan (THN), Dominic Estey (SHS), Rashawn Nicoson (THN), Abbagail Miller (SHS), Dawson Jenkins (THN), Tayler Bell (TR), Carly Stuck (THS), Olivia Bevis (THN), Parker Timberman and Herb (NV)



State Press Release: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDWD/bulletins/18d9f96

Complete list of Winners: http://in.gov/dwd/files/2017%20JAG%20CDC%20Awardees.pdf


2017 DAWG Awards


The local group D.A.W.G. (Disability Awareness Work Group) came together in 2010 to organize the month-long Disability Awareness Month celebration. In conjunction with the Indiana Disabilities Awareness Month theme as determined by the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, members of D.A.W.G. collectively celebrate the month with several different events and activities. This year’s celebration begins with the Mayoral Proclamation and awarding of the Fourth Annual Disability Recognition Awards.

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NOMINEES (* Indicates Winner)

Nominated By: Rachel Sutopo
Robert (BJ) Steadman goes above and beyond as a job coach. Thinking outside the box is second nature to BJ –
he has a way of making both employer and employee see from each other’s perspective. BJ is always there for his clients and their employers. He takes time to evaluate each of his clients to ensure for the best possible job match.

“Due to his insight and positive thinking he has impacted and benefited many workers in finding their perfect fit.”

Nominated By: Jana Mischler
As a collaborative effort between Hamilton Center – Employment Solutions, Union Hospital and Vocational Rehabilitation, Project SEARCH offers a school to work transition program which includes career exploration for
students with disabilities. Project SEARCH staff, Nichelle Washington and Barbara Henderson go above and beyond
to ensure each student succeeds. They give personalized attention to the development of social and vocational skills
needed by each student to be workforce ready. 

“I know my son is going to be fine and I know that his future will have more opportunities because of the kindness, support, teaching and compassion that the staff is giving him.” 

Nominated By: Danny Grissom
Mr. Dave Piper has volunteered with the Wabash Independent Living and Learning Center “Ramps for Freedom” program for the past fi ve years. Not only has he assisted in the construction of more than 50 wheelchair ramps, he has also taken on the role of Team Leader. Dave oversees the construction of the ramps, making sure the ramps meet the needs of the individual as well as ADA guidelines. Mr. Piper personally recruits and trains new

“Dave always has a smile on his face and says helping others is his passion.”

Nominated By: Danny Wayne Beemer
The Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department is committed to developing accessible experiences for
individuals of all abilities. The recent installation of an accessible fi shing dock along with a “Hooked on Ability”
fi shing event at Fowler Park is just one area that VCPRD is reaching out. Park staff are willing to adapt programs to
meet the needs of those they are serving. 

“Offering accessible activities throughout the county parks encourages individuals who are physically and sensory challenged to get out and experience nature.”

Nominated By: Mike Padgett & Kim Knoblock
ISU Facilities and Recycling Center staff, Ken Griffie, Willie Sharp, James Lowe, Dawnar Shivers, Paul Reed and Elizabeth Attebery have gone above and beyond to ensure that employees with developmental disabilities are accepted in the work place. These individuals go out of their way to make sure that their coworkers are treated with respect and dignity. They make it their own personal responsibility to be a friend and
mentor both on the job and off.

“All our clients enjoy the time they get to spend with their friends and coworkers at ISU and always look forward to their next shift.”

Nominated By: Mike Smith
AutoZone Distribution Center is committed to hiring a qualified workforce and through their “People with Abilities” program are eager to hire those with disabilities that have the skills and expertise that are needed in their distribution center in Danville, Illinois. Their commitment is evidenced through the initiative they took to reach out to local agencies in the recruitment of a diverse workforce.

“AutoZone provides reasonable accommodations to employ and engage individuals with disabilities into what may otherwise seem like an unlikely fit.”

Nominated By: Dee Dodd
Danny Wayne is the Program Director of The Will Center’s Older/Blind/Vision Impaired Program. Born with glaucoma
and limited light and color perception, Danny chose not to let his disability defi ne him. Danny educates others on how to remain or become independent. During the past 16 years, he has been instrumental in planning information expos for low vision consumers and has built a system of monthly sight loss groups in five different counties.

“Danny gives hope to people that have lost their vision or have diminished vision.”

Nominated By: Barbara Archer & Heidi Kotva-Strickland
As youth director at Mount Pleasant UMC, Jess Berryhill saw a need for serving individuals with special needs thus, Grace Unlimited Ministry was formed. Providing a time for group activities, crafts, snacks, worship and Bible learning is what Grace Unlimited is all about. Jess directed the play Simply Cinderella which featured members of Grace Unlimited. Ms. Berryhill was responsible for the recent “Night to Shine” prom for individuals with special needs.

“Jess is an amazing woman, who each and every day demonstrates what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus to all she encounters.”

Nominated By: Elaine Koehler, Krita Arrojo, & Treena Huey
Special Education Teacher Mary Beth Dugger goes the extra mile for her students. In her role as English teacher Mary Beth was responsible for developing a writing program using I-Pods and other devices. Students who at one time struggled with writing are now fi nding success. Mrs. Dugger also developed a mentoring program for community members to work with high school students who have orthopedic challenges. Through this mentoring program, students are encouraged to look beyond their disabilities.

“For Mary Beth Dugger, working with people with disabilities is not just a job, it’s a passion!”

Nominated By: Margie Anshutz
Challenged to over-come her addiction, Kimberly Faulds has remained sober for five years. Working with Hamilton
Center’s addictions facility, Kim openly shares her story in hopes to help others who are struggling. Kim’s past is just
that and her future is bright. Kim hopes to someday write a book of inspirational stories based on truths she has acquired on her journey to a better life. 

“Kim has helped give a voice to consumers and lets them know they are not alone in their struggles.”

Nominated By: Patti Weaver
An opportunity for everyone to garden has always been important to Stephanie Krull. As a founding member of the
ISU Community Garden, Stephanie saw the need to make sure the garden was assessable to everyone. Recently raised bed gardening troughs were added to the garden.

“These areas provide folks with a disability to do what others love to do ..get their hands dirty and grow their own produce for a healthy living.”

Congratulations to all of this year's nominees!

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JAG 10 Year Celebration

In celebration of 10 years of the JAG program in Indiana, JAG students from across the state were selected to attend a celebration at the Statehouse on February 28. Five students from our Region were selected to attend.

  • Lincoln Buchholz – Northview High School
  • Steven Gardner – Sullivan High School
  • Sincere Gaston – Cloverdale High School
  • Kayla Kelley – Terre Haute North High School
  • Gage Smitley – Sullivan High School

JAG Specialists Audrey Harbison, Terre Haute North and Karl Turk, Cloverdale attended the event with the students.

While at the Statehouse, the students participated in Page Day at the State Senate and then attended the luncheon celebration for JAG.  During the celebration, the students heard remarks from DWD Commissioner Steve Braun, Vincennes University President Chuck Johnson, former JAG students Elijah Tribbett and Desiree Steinkamp.  Governor Eric Holcomb also stopped by to speak about JAG Indiana’s Future and Vision and meet with the students.

Congratulations to these students and all the current and past students and specialists who have made the JAG program a success!

For more information about our local JAG programs, visit http://www.workonewest.com/youth/jag-program

or contact Greg Lee, glee@vinu.edu.


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