“People with disabilities have the right and responsibility to screw
their lives up
as much as people without disabilities. They have the right and
responsibility to be
fully involved and integrated into all aspects and avenues of
Emma has been fighting for social justice on many levels for a very long
A native Of Indianapolis, she has over 25 years of experience working
with disabilities, consumer groups and community-based organizations.
She is passionate about keeping hope alive that the independent
living/disability rights movement will once again be all that it was.
But she is also involved in other efforts to make this world a better
Emma has a B.A. in social work, but as a reformed social worker she
doesn’t like to talk about it much. She worked in the mental health
a number of years before joining the staff at the Indianapolis Resource
Center for Independent Living, where she held a number of positions
becoming the co-Executive Director about seven years ago.
Emma has traveled and trained around the world, and has a life goal of
every one of the large bodies of water on this earth. She is also part
the Inclusion Network, helping individuals and organizations to clearly
see where they
are and find the way to move forward.
Come to think of it, that’s what she’s also doing for us. She says she’s
for or with Everybody Counts for about 250 years, give or take. The
truth goes more
like this: a few years ago, after many years as friend and colleague to
our motley crew,
Emma began a more formal relationship as a contractual administrator for
both of our CILs.
In that capacity, she has served as Assistant Director, providing
in a whole bunch of ways to the Executive Director and Board of
Due to funding cuts, her contributions are currently ‘on loan’ as often
as she pursues other work as a training consultant across the country.
But she is 100% in our corner and still a part of our team.
“Being a part of this work brings headaches, heartaches, troubles and
disappointments, along with the joy of striving for justice and
I love it when I get to create something or help someone learn
or come to a new revelation.”
She’s mother to Dion, Brandon and Kevin, and grandmother to five, all of
live in her home town of Indianapolis, where she spends about half of