The Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) Commission oversees the work of Indiana Disability Rights (IDR).
The Commission provides advice regarding IDR’s activities, goals, and priorities. The Commission is responsible for supporting IDR’s Mission to uphold, promote, and advance the rights of individuals with disabilities through empowerment and advocacy to achieve a more equitable society.
The Commission’s membership must broadly represent or know of the needs of people with disabilities. Members include people with various disabilities, as well as the family members and friends of people with disabilities, guardians, advocates, and service providers.
Nine of the Commission’s thirteen members are nominated and elected by the Commission following application review and interviews. Four members are appointed by the Governor. One Representative and one Senator from Indiana’s General Assembly also serve on the Commission, although these legislators cannot vote on Commission business.
Current Commission Members
Type of Appointee
Sen. Vaneta Becker
Senate District 50
|Samantha Brinkman||Marion||MHAC Chair|
Doris Renee Haack
Amber O’Haver, Chair
Jalyn Radziminski, Vice Chair
Rep. Elizabeth Rowray
House District 35
Attend a Meeting
The Commission meets quarterly on the dates listed below. Meetings are open to the public and media is welcome to attend.
Contact IDR to request accommodations by calling (800) 622-4845 or e-mailing info@IndianaDisabilityRights.org.
Link to Agenda
Friday, February 17; 1:30 pm, EST
|Virtual; join the public meeting||View the February Executive Session Agenda|
View the February Public Meeting Agenda
Friday, May 19; 1:30 pm, EST
|Virtual; join the public meeting||View the May Executive Session Agenda|
View the May Public Meeting Agenda
Friday, August 18; 1:30 pm, EST
|Virtual; link available in August||Agenda available in August|
Friday, November 17; 1:30 pm, EST
|Virtual; link available in November||Agenda available in November|
Join the Commission
If you are ready to take your advocacy to the next level, consider applying to join the Commission.
Membership is open to individuals who broadly represent or know about the needs of people with disabilities. Applications are especially welcomed from candidates with lived experience as a person with a disability, those with intersecting identities from marginalized communities, and those living in rural communities.
The Commission holds quarterly meetings, typically consisting of an hour-long executive session followed by a two-hour public meeting. Members discuss items such as IDR’s progress meeting its goals, issues important to the disability community, and candidates for membership.
People interested in becoming a Commission member should complete an application and send it to ExecutiveDirector@IndianaDisabilityRights.org. The application will be reviewed by current Commission members. You may be invited to interview with the Commission’s Membership Committee. Note that the application process may take several months, given that the Commission only meets four times per year. Request application accommodations by calling IDR at (800) 622-4845 or e-mailing info@IndianaDisabilityRights.org.