Doug Hughes is a longtime resident of south side Indianapolis, where he takes a leadership role in improving his community. “We want to make it the neighborhood, not the ‘hood.’ We want to get rid of the stereotype to make it better.” Despite transportation challenges — “whether I have to roll down there, or I have to take Metro, or have my staff take me” — he goes to schools to do conflict resolution, attends crime watch meetings. “I refuse to sit there and let it go undone.” Hughes owns his own home. He’s active in his church and its youth ministry. “I love the kids. It changed my life. They know I have a disability but they don’t look at my disability, they look at my ability.”
This video was recorded at the 2012 annual conference of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and is hosted on the CAC Voices YouTube channel from the Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. All CAC Voices videos are captioned: click on the “CC” icon at the bottom of the video to turn captions on or off.