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NATIONAL DISABILITY VOTER REGISTRATION WEEK JULY 11-15

Executive Director Dawn Adams sent a letter to media today encouraging them to spread the word about National Disability Voter Registration Week, July 11-15.
Click here to read full letter.


2017 PRIORITIES & GOALS SURVEY OPEN

The IPAS Commission and its service arm, Indiana Disability Rights, need your input! Tell us what you think we should focus on in the coming year. Take our Priorities & Goals Survey today!
Click here to read more.   
Click here to take the survey.


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ATTENDED ELECTION BOARD MEETING JUNE 20TH

In response to the situation described below, Executive Director Dawn Adams and Communication Director Jessica Trimble attended the Vanderburgh County Election Board Meeting on Monday, June 20th. The meeting was well attended by citizens who offered very important comments about being unable to vote in the recent Primary Election. Dawn and Jessica also offered testimony and were later interviewed by local media. See the coverage of this issue on our social media, available on the left side of this page. 

Can you believe this sign is real?

 This photo was taken on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, on primary election day at a Vanderburgh County voting center located at Nativity Catholic Church, 3635 Pollack Avenue in Evansville, Indiana. Seriously. After receiving several calls about this polling location, we sent an IDR advocate to investigate.  Our advocate was told that the polling location was in the basement and inaccessible because the elevator broke about a week ago and hadn't been fixed.  

The requirement to have accessible voting locations is clear.  The U.S. Department of Justice has extensive information on elected officials’ obligation to select polling places that are accessible to people with disabilities (see e.g., http://www.ada.gov/votingchecklist.htm).  There is even guidance on what to do in this very situation, "[I]f a church's basement is used as a polling place and it is not accessible, perhaps one of the ground floor rooms could be used as the accessible voting area."  But apparently, the individuals in charge of polling at this location focused more on making a flashy, yet offensively-worded sign, than on making sure voters with disabilities were able to cast their ballot. In the time it took to glue the bright blue and red bubble letters to the sign, an accessible alternative for this location could have been implemented.

Indiana Disability Rights is interested in talking to any voter with a disability who attempted to vote at this or any other polling location but were turned away due to problems with accessibility. Contact us toll free at 1-800-622-4845, TTY: 1-800-838-1131, or by email at info@idr.in.gov.

The right to vote is fundamental. It's time that those in charge of choosing and overseeing polling places take that right seriously.  


Legal Director Melissa Keyes Featured in Indiana Lawyer

Her piece, "An alternative alternative dispute resolution process," was published in a recent special edition of Indiana Lawyer. Click here to read full article.


FACT SHEETS COMING TO THE WEBSITE

You will find fact sheets on several important topics coming to this new page. Our first fact sheet is on the newly enacted Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. Fact sheets can be found under the Resources tab at left or click here for more information.


LAWSUIT CHALLENGES STATE LAW PROHIBITING INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS RESIDING IN INSTITUTIONAL SETTINGS FROM VOTING IN THAT FACILITY’S PRECINCT 

Indiana Disability Rights and ACLU of Indiana have filed a class action lawsuit against the State of Indiana, the Indiana Secretary of State, the Clerk of Jefferson County, and members of the Indiana Election Commission alleging that an Indiana state law is unconstitutional as it imposes an undue burden on people with mental illness who reside in institutions in exercising their right to vote... 
 Click here to read press release.
 Click here to read full complaint.


FAIR HOUSING LAWSUIT ALLEGING DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION FILED AGAINST SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY IN INDIANAPOLIS

Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana and Indiana Disability Rights have filed a federal lawsuit against the owners of Capitol Station apartment complex on Indianapolis' south side. The complaint alleges that the defendants did not take timely action to repair the only elevator in an apartment building which housed residents age 62 years or older. Many residents of Capitol Station had mobility issues which were readily apparent, for whom taking the stairs was dangerous or impossible. Read more below.
Click here to read press release.
Click here to read full complaint. 


FAIR HOUSING CENTER OF CENTRAL INDIANA AND INDIANA DISABILITY RIGHTS ANNOUNCE LAWSUIT ALLEGING DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION 

FHCCI and Indiana Disability Rights have filed a federal lawsuit against the Grandville Cooperative, Inc. and Kirkpatrick Management Co. Inc. of Indianapolis. The complaint alleges that defendants refused to rent to a family that included a person with disabilities. 
Click here to read press release.
Click here to read full complaint.

ACLU OF INDIANA, INDIANA DISABILITY RIGHTS ANNOUNCE SETTLEMENT WITH INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION

A proposed agreement has been reached in this long-running case brought by ACLU of Indiana and Indiana Disability Rights against IDOC.  Pending notice to the class and approval by the courts, this proposed agreement represents fundamental changes in treatment of prisoners with serious mental illness.
Click here for to read press release. 
Click here to read full proposed settlement.  

MEDIA PRESS KIT

It can be found under the Resources tab at left or click here for more information.  

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We now have a YouTube channel! Watch for new videos to be uploaded soon! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In at the icons on the left side of this home page!

Check out Our Goals for 2016

The official goals for FY 2016 at Indiana Disability Rights can be found here.