Champion of the Month

Shawn Fulton Share

Sep 1, 2017  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Shawn Ful­ton was born in 1973, grew up in Mar­i­on, and attend­ed Madi­son-Grant schools. He has been a client of Carey Ser­vices since 1992, but since that time, he has been much more than a client. Shawn has shown his pas­sion through lead­er­ship and activism to help improve the lives of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. Shawn helped ini­ti­ate and pro­mote Indiana’s ABLE (Achiev­ing a Bet­ter Life Expe­ri­ence) Act https://​www​.saind​.org/​w​p​-​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​u​p​l​o​a​d​s​/​2016​/​06​/​N​i​m​s​-​N​e​w​s​-​M​a​r​c​h​-​2016.pdf, signed by Gov­er­nor Pence in 2016, set­ting up a fund­ing pro­gram for qual­i­fied indi­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties. Shawn is on Indiana’s Self Advo­cates of Indi­ana Board of Direc­tors, advanc­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for the dis­abled, while encour­ag­ing them to advo­cate for their spe­cif­ic needs. He also serves on the Arc of Indi­ana Speaker’s Bureau and sur­veys for the Arc’s My Life My Choice” ini­tia­tive, iden­ti­fy­ing indi­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties in nurs­ing homes and group homes, and gaug­ing if they would choose to live in a less restric­tive envi­ron­ment. Shawn is the Vice Pres­i­dent of the Grant Coun­ty Self Advo­cates group after con­clud­ing a term as Pres­i­dent. He has been to Wash­ing­ton D.C. 12 times advo­cat­ing for dis­abled indi­vid­u­als of Indi­ana. He’ll trav­el to San Diego in the fall for a nation­al conference.

Shawn is the co-own­er of a DJ busi­ness, pro­vid­ing ser­vices local­ly and even nation­al­ly. He has also been work­ing in the pro­duc­tion depart­ment for Carey Ser­vices since 2000

Shawn believes Mar­i­on & Grant Coun­ty is a nice place to live. He enjoys attend­ing the free con­certs, the Grant Coun­ty 4H Fair, going to movies, and walk­ing in the park. He believes Mar­i­on is mov­ing in a pos­i­tive direc­tion in con­sid­er­a­tion to the needs of dis­abled peo­ple, thank­ing the City for the new side­walks being imple­ment­ed for wheel­chair access, and the busi­ness­es who are hir­ing more and more dis­abled individuals.

All peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties are like every­body else. We want to work and live a good life just like every­body else. We prob­a­bly work even harder.”

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