The Shelbyville Central School District (SCS) is in the process of purchasing the former Marsh supermarket complex, located at the corner of Amos and Michigan Roads in Shelbyville.
The District plans to use the complex for their administrative
offices, add offices for certain professional staff and consolidate the existing and expand the current preschools. Based on current research, they also plan to have an indoor space for a sensory playroom gym and education. Instead of creating their own gym, they have invited SENSES, a program and project of The Arc of Shelby County, to move their existing gym facility and equipment into some of the available space. The Arc has accepted this offer and looks forward to working with the SCS in providing the best and most unique sensory experience anywhere in this area.
There are many legal and practical issues that have to be met before the new facility will be ready for use. The specific plans and the funds necessary to complete the renovations must be approved. The community must have an opportunity to express opinions regarding the overall concepts and specific plans before all the required approvals can be give obtained.
The Arc looks forward to working with SCS in fulfilling this plan. We are excited and enthusiastic about having the SENSES gym available to help the many young children that will benefit from learning to play and playing to learn. We believe it will provide many benefits, not only to children with special needs, but to all children. During this critical time, these children will have the opportunity to grow and develop in numerous important ways.
We plan to use this space to provide periodic updates on the plans with SCS as they are approved and implemented. Once completed we expect to make the SENSES gym available for two purposes. One will be to have specific times the gym will be available for SCS preschool children. We will also have time to serve children and families from the community. Hopefully, the
times and hours the gym will be available for both will grow and expand over time.
In the mean time we will continue to serve the hundreds of children, both current and new, during the days and times noted in the events tab of this website. If you have questions, please call Holly Forville at 317-370-8238, or Don Collins at 317 398- 6708 and we will be happy to answer any question to which we have information available. Thank you for your patience, if you can, help support us during this exciting and challenging time.
Shelby County Special Olympics
One of the goals of Aktion Club is to do at least one service project annually that benefits the members. When the club was chartered in 2009, the members decided to support the Shelby County Special Olympics. They do this both with their participation and help financially.
The first financial collaboration between the Shelby County Special Olympics and the Aktion Club began with a joint carwash fundraiser back in the summer of 2010. Since then, the Aktion Club members have not only shared the proceeds of the car wash, they also have included them in the budget and make a financial contribution each year.
In 2015, the Mayor Tom DeBaun 5K Walk fundraiser was started and the proceeds go to benefit The Arc of Shelby County, the SENSES Indoor Gym, the Aktion Club, the Shelby County Special Olympics and the two Special Education programs at Shelbyville Central and Shelby Eastern schools.
The Arc of Shelby County was officially re-started in 2015. A major goal of The Arc is to recognize people and organizations that help people living with a disability and their families. It is also to recognize the individual and team contributions made by those living with a developmental or intellectual disability. Since then, The Arc has presented numerous plaques to Indiana State Special Olympics teams from Shelby County. The coaches and players of these state championship teams have shown extraordinary skill and dedication to Special Olympic sports of all kinds. The Arc and the community are very proud of every championship team, every player and every coach.
Down Syndrome Indiana - Shelby County Chapter
The SENSES Indoor Playroom Gym, co-sponsored
jointly by The Arc of Shelby County and the Shelbyville
VC Aktion Club, officially became a local affiliate of Down
Syndrome Indiana in 2016. Currently, there are about 25
families that have a member with Down syndrome. Our
local chapter will be called Down Syndrome Shelby
The Arc of Shelby County meets quarterly and plans are
to hold meetings for these 25 families concurrent with
meetings of The Arc.
We are currently looking for a suitable location with the
space to hold future meetings. As a parent of a person
with Down syndrome, we are excited about this new
collaboration and affiliation.
Self Advocates - Shelby County Club
All members of the Shelbyville VC Aktion Club automatically become members of the Self-Advocates of Indiana, Inc. It is a statewide advocacy organization that empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As self-advocates, we are citizens who speak out and advocate and educate for equal rights, respect, and inclusion for all who live, work, play and pray in the community. Self-advocacy means standing up for your rights, overseeing my life, and being treated with dignity and respect.
SAI was started in 1990 by Darcus Nims, a leader in Indiana’s self-advocacy movement. She believed that al people with disabilities should have a good life, complete with equal rights, respect, and inclusion in the community. Today SAI is carrying on that message with more than 40 chapters across the state.
Shane Roell, a leader in the Shelbyville VC Aktion Club, served for two years on the Board of the SAI. He, and others have attended training and leadership conferences conducted by SAI and most members attend the annual picnic held in Indianapolis in July.
In 2016, the Directors of the special education programs of the Shelbyville Central and the Shelby Eastern Schools accepted an invitation from The Arc of Shelby County, to participate in the annual fundraiser to benefit adults and children with an intellectual and/or developmental disability. The event is called the “Mayor Tom DeBaun 5K Walk.”
Along with The Arc, the Aktion Club and Shelby County Special Olympics, the schools are provided with registration forms for those interested in walking to help raise funds for their special education programs. Their friends, neighbors and co-workers seek donations in their effort to help fund special projects or meet other needs of the students and classrooms. A small portion of the money raised helps The Arc pay for the expenses of conducting the walk.
If the weather cooperates and the walk is successful, The Arc also donates to each of the school’s special education programs. From the beginning of the event, the Mayor of Shelbyville, Tom DeBaun, has been a great supporter of people living with a disability and their families. Besides raising funds for programs and projects, the walk also highlights and encourages the community to recognize the need for people of all abilities to be included in all types of community activities.
Shelbyville Kiwanis Club
The Shelbyville VC Aktion Club is co-sponsored by The Arc of Shelby County and the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club. The Aktion Club was chartered on September 9, 2009 with 18 members. Today there are over 60.
The Shelbyville Kiwanis Club meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at Cagney’s Pizza King I Shelbyville. The club has a long history of significant community support. Currently, with 20 members, the club provides financial support to help the Aktion Club members meet their annual dues payments. Several members of the club support and guide the club on a regular basis and many members help with their personal time and financial resources.
The Arc Shelby County
The Arc of Shelby County is one of 45 local chapters throughout the State of Indiana. Based in Indianapolis, the Arc of Indiana has a highly qualified Board of Directors and staff that is available to help families and individuals living with an intellectual and/or develop-mental disability in a variety of ways. They have also operated a special trust that has operated for many years and is one of the finest in the United States.
Recently, the Arc Foundation has designed and opened a hotel in Muncie, Indiana and now operates the Erskine-Green Training Institute (EGTI). It is designed to help train adults with a disability how to work in the hotel and medical fields. For more information please check out their website.