Oct. 19, 2018

Man with special needs looking forward to VIP treatment at Colts game

Marcus Ross has been through a lot lately. Three house fires and his father’s stroke. However, he’s dealt with the adversity in ways he never could have three years ago. That’s when the 27-year-old with autism, cerebral palsy and seizure disorder started receiving behavior management services from Damar.

“It’s made all the difference,” said Lisa Trisdale, a Damar staffer who has known Ross since he was adopted as a baby. “He’s learned how to process his feelings and stop acting out. After his dad’s stroke, he was able to talk about how scared he was. And he’s taken on more responsibilities at home, including helping lower functioning family members.”

That’s important because Ross is part of a large extended family that has a total of 11 adult children with special needs. His family’s Decatur Township home includes two generations and nine adult children, six of whom have special needs.

Ross’ accomplishments led to his selection as an MVP for the Oct. 21 Colts game. Through a partnership between the Colts and Damar, one Damar client honored at each home game and treated to a limo ride to the game and a chance to be on the field for pre-game warmups, as well as meeting Colts’ mascot Blue.

Trisdale, who will accompany Marcus to the game, said he’s most excited about getting a new Colts shirt and seeing himself on TV and/or the Jumbotron.

“When he’s excited – and boy is he excited about this – he does what he calls his ‘yoga dance,’ where he raises his arms and wiggles his hips,” said Lisa. “We’re pretty sure he’ll be dancing all day,” said Lisa.

WHAT: Limo pickup of Marcus and staff from Damar, including Lisa Trisdale
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 21, between 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
WHERE: Damar Services Family Services Center (main building), 6067 Decatur Blvd

About Damar Services, Inc.
For nearly 50 years, Damar Services has been a leader in providing services to children and adults challenged by autism and intellectual, developmental and behavioral disabilities. From its main campus on Indianapolis’ southwest side, a northeast side clinic and other locations across the state, Damar offers residential and community-based treatment, outpatient behavioral health services and ABA Autism Services by Damar. In addition, Damar operates two schools and provides foster care services. For more information, visit

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Media contact: Jenny Peters-Reece, Damar communications,