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PUBLIC NOTICE: Representatives of the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) will be conducting a site visit in Indiana on May 12-15, 2015 of Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services.AIDD is soliciting comments from interested parties on your experiences with the work, program, and strategies employed by Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services in meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Indiana.

You are encouraged to share your experiences by way of any of the following methods:


TELEPHONE:  202-357-3426


Clare Barnett, Program Specialist
Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Administration for Community Living
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Room 4204
Washington D.C.   20001

Comments should be sent in time for receipt by May 11, 2015 in order to be included in the final report.

AIDD may be able to accommodate in-person meetings, if requested in advance of the onsite visit.

HANDS in Autism at the IU School of Medicine is analyzing the current resources and services related to Autism Spectrum Disorder across multiple stakeholder groups in the state of Indiana. As an initial part of this process HANDS in Autism is inviting individuals to share their perspective. Please click on the link below to participate in the survey.

Notice to Class Members regarding a settlement and fairness hearing regarding a suit challenging inaccessibility of CARDTRONICS ATMs. Click here to view.
IPAS Critical Barrier Survey!
Each year IPAS solicits input from the public which is used to help determine how IPAS spends its resources and efforts for the next year. Please help identify critical barriers that IPAS should consider as priority areas for our advocacy efforts - barriers that you believe, if eliminated or reduced, would benefit people the most. Please help us by taking a few minutes to complete the Disability Critical Barriers Survey.  Start the Survey.
  For more information or to request an alternate format, contact Matt Norris at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at 1-800-825-4733 or .
ADA Resources Online The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels. The National Network is not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality."

Resources made available by the ADA National Network include:
The Americans with Disabilities Act: Questions and Answers
The ADA National Network Disability Law Handbook
ADA Title II and Title III Regulations Fact Sheet Series

ARC of Indiana and IPAS Partnership. The Arc of Indiana and Self-Advocates of Indiana is collaborating with Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) to provide news and information on IPAS’s role in protecting the rights of people with disabilities. IPAS staff includes disability rights advocates and attorneys who have the authority to pursue appropriate legal and administrative remedies on behalf of people with disabilities to ensure the enforcement of their constitutional and statutory rights. IPAS may be able to assist Hoosiers who have a disability and are being denied a right or are being discriminated against because of that disability.  One project we will be collaborating on is the creation of a free “Legal Network” comprised of   individuals who are practitioners in the legal field who have a family member with a disability or direct interest in a person or individuals with disabilities. In the near future we will be establishing a “Legal Network” list serve for those interested in being part of the Legal Network. For more information, email the ARC of Indiana at: 
ACLU of Indiana, Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Win U.S. District Court Decision Regarding Inhumane Treatment of Prisoners. State violated rights of mentally ill inmates at Indiana prisons. On 12/31/12, a federal judge ruled in IPAS v. Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC), that "The treatment of mentally ill prisoners housed in [Indiana Department of Correction] IDOC segregation units and the New Castle Psychiatric Unit, and the failure to provide adequate treatment for such prisoners, violates the Eighth Amendment's proscription against the imposition of cruel and unusual punishment." To view the IDOC Trial Court Decision, click here.
Indiana’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) is possibly the preeminent disability rights advocacy challenge and opportunity facing us today. It could promise and deliver much for good or for ill, for individuals with disabilities. The attachment is a publication of NDRN which discusses the issues which are of concern to disability rights advocacy organizations. Click here to view the "Guide to the Affordable Care Act" .
IPAS wants to encourage individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their family members or guardians, to call IPAS if you are experiencing problems securing appropriate special education services or are being suspended or expelled due to disability, are being secluded or restrained in the school setting, are being discriminated against due to disability, or are having Medicaid waiver services inappropriately reduced. IPAS may be able to help you by assigning an advocate or attorney to represent you. Call IPAS at 1-800-622-4845 and speak to an intake/referral specialist. IPAS is here to help you.
Public Policy Advocacy Opportunity Available - Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission (IPAS) is always looking for new Commission and Mental Illness Advisory Council (MIAC) members. Members must have a commitment to promoting the legal and civil rights of people with developmental disabilities, mental illness or other disabilities, and to the cause of protecting and promoting those individuals’ rights to make their own choices. Persons interested in being considered for either of these opportunities please contact IPAS at 1-800-622-4845 or TTY: 800-838-1131. Click here to view a brochure that gives more information on both the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission and Mental Illness Advisory Council. 

IPAS can be reached at (800) 622-4845 or by TTY at (800) 838-1131.

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