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IPAS Commission

About

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.

Members

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

TABLE OF MEMBERS

Name

County

Type of Appointee

Sen. Vaneta Becker

Senate District 50

Legislative

Kim Dodson

Marion

Gubernatorial

Shawn Fulton

Marion

Commission

Jacob Griffin

Dearborn

MHAC Chair

Doris Renee Haack

Delaware

Commission

Leonard Hoops

Marion

Gubernatorial

Ronelle Johnson

Hamilton

Commission

Ray Lay

Marion

Commission

Amber O’Haver, Chair

Hendricks

Commission

Jalyn Radziminski, Vice Chair

Allen

Commission

Rep. Elizabeth Rowray

House District 35

Legislative

Shanese Simmons

Allen

Commission

Heather Stephenson

Hamilton

Gubernatorial

Get Involved

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.

Meeting Information

Meeting Date

Location

Link to Agenda

Friday, December 2; 1:30 pm, EST

Virtual - click here to join

View the agenda

The Commission’s 2023 meetings will be published once finalized

  

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.

Commission Application

Commission Application in Large Print