TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Over 40 organizations participated in the first Disability Resources Fair in Terre Haute, presenting opportunities for assistance for people with a wide range of disabilities.
Happiness Bag helped put on the event. Executive Director Jodi Moan said she’s been working on setting it up for over five months.
“There are so many different opportunities in our community, and we have grown to be able to provide folks with the opportunity to choose services, to choose who they want to be their providers, and to choose what their loved ones can do for the community,” Moan said. “This is a great way to come out and get a lot of information.”
One of the organizations involved was Rhythm Garden Music, a music therapy group based in Jasonville.
Owner and director Morgan Sparks said it’s just one of many organizations present that provided numerous benefits to those with disabilities.
“With music therapy, we can work on a wide range of goals,” Sparks said. “We can work on things like social and emotional goals, we can work on communication skills, we can work on fine and gross motor skills.”
Sparks also spoke about the importance of events like this in the Wabash Valley.
“I think it’s very important to have these platforms because we need that increase in awareness,” Sparks said. “That even in a rural area there are services, and you can get access to these services that maybe you haven’t heard of, or you think they are only available in the big cities.”
Moan said she hopes to help continue to raise awareness about these organizations, and how they can help people in their communities.
“That’s another thing that we’re trying to do to increase that awareness for everybody,” Moan said. ” And to make it a little bit easier for them to be able to navigate the process and to be able to find the services and supports that they need to help them and to help their loved ones.”
Moan said she was happy with the success of the inaugural event, and hopes to build on it in the future.
“We are definitely going to make plans to do this again,” Moan said. “Figure out what we need to work on, get the kinks worked out so we can make it bigger and better for next year.”