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FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS MARION COUNTY LANDLORD TO PAY OVER $200,000 IN FAIR HOUSING LAWSUIT

FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS MARION COUNTY LANDLORD TO PAY OVER $200,000 IN FAIR HOUSING LAWSUIT

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PRESS RELEASE - FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS MARION COUNTY LANDLORD TO PAY OVER $200,000 IN FAIR HOUSING LAWSUIT

 

The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) and Carolyn McGuffin, represented by attorneys from Indiana Disability Rights and Brancart & Brancart, filed a lawsuit against Carolyn Smitley and the Smitley Family Trust in April 2016 alleging that the Defendants discriminated against Ms. McGuffin in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. On July 3, 2018, Judge William T. Lawrence in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana entered judgment requiring the Defendants to pay $219,747.75 as a result of the discrimination.

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PROPOSED GOALS & PRIORITIES

Each year, Indiana Disability Rights (IDR) sets goals and priorities to guide the agency's work. To make sure that the needs and interests of individuals with disabilities are being realized, IDR seeks public input on the proposed goals & priorities. Once the public comments are added, the Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services Commission votes to finalize the goals & priorities for the upcoming federal fiscal year (federal fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30). 

Click HERE to read the Proposed Goals & Priorities for 2018-2019. 

Click HERE to read the comments from the IPAS Commission Members.

Public comments may be submitted in multiple ways. Note that all public comments will be made available on the IDR website. Public comments will be posted without names of the contributor.  

  • Click HERE to submit comments online via Survey Monkey. Survey will close on August 10, 2018.
  • Submit comments via email to ExecutiveDirector@IndianaDisabilityRights.org. Comments must be received by August 14, 2018. 
  • Submit comments via U.S. Mail to: ATTN: Executive Director at Indiana Disability Rights, 4701 N. Keystone Ave., Suite 222, Indianapolis, IN, 46205. Comments must be received by August 14, 2018. 
  • Submit comments in person at a public hearing the afternoon of August 17, 2018 at the Indiana Disability Rights' office. Exact time to be announced.

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PRESS RELEASE - GUARDIANSHIP TERMINATED IN FAVOR OF FORMALIZED SUPPORTED DECISION MAKING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN INDIANA

RICHMOND – Indiana Disability Rights (IDR) announces the filing of a petition for the termination of guardianship in favor of using formalized Supported Decision Making. The petition states that the Petitioner, Jamie Beck, believes she no longer qualifies as an “Incapacitated Person” as defined by Indiana Code because she is able to effectively and competently manage her affairs by using the supports and services available to her through full-time employment with benefits, and waiver services. With the use of a formalized Supported Decision Making agreement, Jamie will have additional support from a team, chosen by her, to help her with making life’s tough decisions.  This is the first time such an agreement has been used in Indiana. Melissa Keyes, IDR Legal Director, and Justin Schrock, IDR Staff Attorney, serve as Jamie’s attorneys on the case.  The process and form are part of a pilot project sponsored by a grant from the Administration for Community Living and Indiana’s Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS).

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