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mind and liked to keep it.
“Mark had his schedule, and I was
definitely messing with that,” Evans
said. “He would get annoyed.”
“I would?” Hublar interrupted, looking
at Evans.
“Yeah!” Evans replied, with a smile.
Hublar smiled and nodded in
agreement.
Still, the odd couple made a good pair.
They lived together for several months,
with Hublar even hosting his very first
Thanksgiving in November for Evans
and Risse.
But Evans “the roommate” was also
Evans “the special education major,”
and he admits that his time living with
Hublar taught him a lot about the
struggles of individuals with Down
Syndrome, or any disability for that
matter.
For Hublar and those with Down
Syndrome, the main struggle is
watching people treat them
differently, when really, they’re
not that different at all.
“It does hurt ,” Evans said, after
seeing how it affected Hublar.
“We are more alike than we are
different,” Hublar said. “Down
Syndrome hasn’t stopped me one
bit.”
Allies in the Future
Hublar feels like one of the gang when
he’s hanging out with the IU Southeast
students in Allies, he explained. And he
has some kind words reserved for the
two founders.
“It is so special to have my IU Southeast
friends. Kevin’s a wonderful guy. He’s
a cool dude,” Hublar said. “Now with
Callie, there’s something special about
her. Callie has a great personality.”
After the success they’ve already
experienced with Allies, Risse and
Evans would like to expand the group
both in numbers of IU Southeast
volunteers, and by reaching out to
people with other types of disabilities
including autism.
“You have to get people in the mindset
of inclusion,” Risse said. “We meet so
many different people with different
disabilities. We have been exposed to a
big variety of special needs.”
The group also benefits IU Southeast
students who volunteer, according
to Matt Springer with the Office of
Disability Services at IU Southeast,
who is the staff advisor to Allies.
“Allies does not just help people with
Down Syndrome in our community, it
educates IU Southeast students that
not only does this population exist, but
that they have abilities, too,” Springer
said. “By dispelling stereotypes, Allies
will be changing the face of the area.”
Risse and Evans are continuing their
work toward their degrees in special
education. Both are scheduled to
graduate in 2013. Risse wants to teach,
but she doesn’t have a preference on
age or school. Evans wants to use his
degree to move into the social activisim
field where he can be an advocate for
those with special needs.
He’ll start with an internship in U.S.
Rep. Todd Young’s office. Where, if
Hublar get his way, Evans might see a
familiar face. Because if you ask Hublar
what he wants to do next, he has his
answer ready.
“I want to be a spokesperson with Todd
Young,” he said.
Then he and Evans could work together
again. And of course, Risse would be
there, too, he explains.
“These two are my buddies
always,” Hublar said.
Hublar plays pool.