About Tangram

Tangram's mission:

Tangram supports people with disabilities by designing services to meet their specific needs and desires. We assist them to live full, meaningful, and happy lives, at home and as members of their community. Tangram joins with community partners to create inclusive and sustainable solutions to challenges faced by those impacted by disabilities.

What is a tangram?

a Chinese geometric puzzle consisting of a square cut into seven pieces that can be rearranged to make various other shapes

The seven pieces of the tangram puzzle can be rearranged to form over 10,000 different shapes. This is symbolic of our belief that there are unlimited possibilities for people with disabilities. 

The Tangram story:

Tangram was established in 1985 in Hancock County, Indiana by families of individuals with disabilities who wanted better options for independent living for their loved ones. Since that time, Tangram has grown to serve individuals with disabilities and their families throughout Central Indiana, and offers a wide range of individualized services to meet the unique needs of the people we serve.

Tangram's Statement on Black Lives Matter

Tangram stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and with our black employees, clients, and friends who have experienced racism and injustice.

Tangram was founded on the belief that every person deserves the opportunity to live a full, meaningful, and happy life, and we are committed to doing our part to build a community where black lives are valued, recognizing that we have a key role to play in bringing about healing, and significant, lasting change. Not only does Tangram serve a diverse population, but also 56% of our workforce consists of people of color. We have a duty to our clients, to our employees, and to our friends and neighbors in the communities we serve to advocate for equity, listen to diverse voices, confront our own failures, and learn how we can do better.

The seven pieces of the tangram puzzle are powerless when they are divided, but together, they form thousands of different figures, each shape bringing a necessary and unique component to the final result. Such is the way with people—our differences are strengths and unity is the only way forward.