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INDIANA DISABILITY RIGHTS STATEMENT ON BLACK LIVES MATTER
INDIANAPOLIS - June 4, 2020
In light of the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon Reed, and Ahmaud Arbery, we at Indiana Disability Rights have been reflecting on where we are as an agency, as a nation, and where we are as individuals. We recognize that for every publicized atrocity, there are thousands of other murders, discriminatory acts, and micro aggressions that go unpublicized, but, nonetheless, cause continued trauma to people of color.
Our agency’s vision is a society where persons with disabilities are free from abuse and neglect, are free to be effective self-advocates, and are free of discrimination; allowing for full inclusion in society. We recognize that this vision, by itself, isn’t enough. We will build on this vision, to do the work necessary to create a society where people of color are also free from abuse and neglect; one where they're free to be effective selfadvocates, free from discrimination, and are valued as integral parts of our society.
Indiana Disability Rights stands in agreement and support of the long-time advocates who have been fighting discrimination and racial injustice. We are committed to forging and fostering relationships with organizations leading the fight for equality and justice in the black community. We will support and amplify their messages and respect and acknowledge their expertise and experience.
We want to do better. We want to be better.
INDIANA DISABILITY RIGHTS NAMES MELISSA KEYES AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Protection & Advocacy System (IPAS) Commission, the
governing authority for Indiana Disability Rights (IDR), has named Melissa Keyes as the
MAN WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY FILES LAWSUIT AFTER SUSTAINING INJURIES IN MARION COUNTY JAIL
INDIANAPOLIS –Even while in police custody, individuals with disabilities are entitled to treatment and the same protections from correctional staff to ensure they remain stable and safe, just as inmates without a disability. This was not the case for Keith Crumley, a man with an intellectual disability and mental health diagnoses.
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