FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec 4, 2017 Santa’s elves to shop for 200 Damar clients Approximately 150 elves will descend on a southwest-side Walmart on Dec. 5, coming not from the North Pole but from nearby Damar Services. The Damar volunteers and staff members will wear holiday finery to hit the store and pick out presents [...]
I recently enjoyed a very special moment: I saw pictures of a young man who was smiling and laughing. That might not sound like a big deal, but for some of the children I see on a daily basis, smiles and laughter can be hard to come by … and they had been particularly rare for this young man.
The front and back doors at our house have combination locks and deadbolts. But even with those, I used to worry that when I took a shower, he was going figure out how to open a door and take off.
As Damar celebrates its 50th year, we look back on a lot of changes. It only makes sense: Simply surviving for a half century requires an organization to adapt, but an organization like Damar, which strives continually to innovate and improve, must do more than adapt. It must embrace change as a part of its mission.
At Damar, we work to find ways to integrate families into our programs, making a large difference in the results we can deliver to both our clients and families. Discover how parents can make a remarkable impact.
Damar Services, the state’s leading provider of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, has promoted the following staff members. Juman Bruce, Director of CLASS Erin Crick, Administrative Director of Children’s Residential Services Sam Moya, Chief Administrator of Children’s Residential Services Terry Sears, Residential Director of Clinical Services Juman Bruce, Director of CLASS [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 2, 2017 “Indy Bands Together” aims to provide lifesaving wristbands to kids with autism Damar, Indianapolis Colts, firefighters to host mock rescue to show how Project Lifesaver works to locate kids with autism who go missing It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: A child wanders off and can’t be found. For [...]
With 23,000 kids in the foster-care system – up from 13,000 just five years ago – Indiana desperately needs foster parents. Guenevere Kalal, Damar's Foster Care Services Director, shares the impact foster parenting can have on our community.
As individuals with developmental disabilities age, they encounter the same aging problems as the general population—physical limitations, degenerative conditions, etc.—but they also face challenges unique to them. Read on as Dr. Jim Dalton provides insight into this aging population.
Most of the world thinks of autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities as primarily childhood challenges. That’s understandable. In the past, people with disabilities often did not live long lives—many times not even into middle age due to complications associated with their disabilities. But those of us who work with these special people [...]