Creating Advocates for Livable Communities: Across Age, Across Abilities

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Walmart Sam's Club

Part of the “Disabilities in Aging: A Future Redesigned” Series, sponsored by Walmart


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Includes Complimentary CEUs

The “Advocates for Livable Communities” project is designed to identify ways to engage new advocates, develop and evaluate the training approach and expand this model to new communities. Our target audience of 20 participants in each community—10 people who were aging and 10 people with disabilities, including but not limited to intellectual, developmental, visual, hearing and physical disabilities. There were five days of intensive training spread over six weeks that included outside homework and forming new partnerships within the group. Four local communities around Indiana and approximately 35 individuals have fully participated thus far. In this web seminar we will share experiences and outcomes from the trainings and discuss the significance of livability as an issue that can bring together the aging and disability communities.   

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • List three reasons why it is desirable to join together older adults and people with disabilities to promote community livability;
  • Identify four features of a livable community;
  • Identify methods that can be used to promote collaboration between older adults and people with disabilities to make communities more livable for all; and,
  • Describe several ways to effectively advocate.


Jennie Todd is a research associate at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. She has developed two successful curriculum-based programs, the “Building Leadership” series and “Advocates for Livable Communities.”  
Phil Stafford is a cultural anthropologist and director of the Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana’s university center of excellence in disabilities. He is a national leader in the age and ability-friendly community movement and was recently honored for his work by Partners for Livable Communities in Washington, D.C.