Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities

Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities The Indiana Governor's Council is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Our mission is to promote public policy which leads to the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.
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The Council is consumer-driven and is charged with determining how the service delivery system in both the public and private sectors can be most responsive to people with disabilities. The Council receives and disseminates federal funds to support innovative programs that are visionary, influence public policy, empower individuals and families and advocate systems change. Board members of the Council are appointed by the Governor and 60% must be people with disabilities or their family members.

Operating as usual

On Jan. 8, Hoosiers age 80 and older will be able to make an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine at a local clinic thr...
01/08/2021
ISDH - Novel Coronavirus: Vaccine Information and Planning

On Jan. 8, Hoosiers age 80 and older will be able to make an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine at a local clinic through ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211.

Main Content Vaccine Information and Planning Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Current: Vaccine Information and Planning Click here to find a vaccination site Vaccine Dashboard Frequently Asked Questions About the Vaccine Scroll for more COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Indiana The U.S. Food and Drug.....

12/21/2020
Providing Direct Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic Direct Support Professionals Survey

Are you a DSP? Your voice counts, and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals - NADSP wants to hear from you!

After more than eight months since a national emergency was declared due to the COVID-19 pandemic, how are you coping on the job? What do you need? Are you working more hours? NADSP, in partnership with the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, is conducting a survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on direct support professionals. Your responses will help us identify the most effective ways to protect DSPs and the people you support.

If you provide direct support to people with disabilities, please click below to take the survey. Your answers will be anonymous. National and state-specific results from the survey will be shared widely in March 2021.

A similar survey was conducted by ICI and NADSP in the spring of 2020 and completed by more than 9,000 DSPs. Those results are available here. The new survey is for both DSPs who completed the earlier survey and those who did not.

Providing Direct Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic Direct Support Professionals Survey

Using the Council's Legislative Process booklet as a guideline, Lauren Chapman at WFYI has broken down what to expect fr...
12/18/2020
How Do I Follow Indiana’s Legislative Session? Here’s Your Guide To Demystify The Process

Using the Council's Legislative Process booklet as a guideline, Lauren Chapman at WFYI has broken down what to expect from the upcoming Legislative Session. Check it out and get ready to get your advocacy in gear!

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Hundreds of bills are filed every year, and it’s difficult for even journalists – who are literally paid to – to keep up with all of them. How can you keep up? Here’s our guide for how to navigate Indiana’s legislative session.

What's in the newest issue of Disability Matters? Blind Hoosiers File Lawsuit over Inaccessible Mail-In VotingIndy Autis...
12/17/2020
Disability Matters | December 17, 2020

What's in the newest issue of Disability Matters?

Blind Hoosiers File Lawsuit over Inaccessible Mail-In Voting
Indy Autism Project Launches, Seeks to Make Indy an Autism-Certified City
Indiana Disability Justice Wants Your Stories!
Check Out the Access Pass!
Department of Transportation Changes Emotional Support, Service Animal Guidelines for Airlines
NPR Investigates: What does Access Look like For People with Disabilities in Hospitals During the Time of Covid?

A group of blind Hoosier voters, with support from the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission and American Council of the Blind of Indiana, have filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Election Commission and the Secretary of State, alleging that the state's election officials are discrimin...

Indiana Disability Rights
12/15/2020

Indiana Disability Rights

Do you have a passion for #DisabilityRights? Do you identify as a person with a disability? Are you graduating from law school this December (2020) or in May 2021? If so, you should click on the link below and learn about our BRAND NEW Indiana Disability Rights Disability Law Fellowship. ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️
https://www.in.gov/idr/IDR-Disability-Law-Fellowship/

Applications are due on JANUARY 26, 2021 so don't delay!!!!

An NPR investigation looked into the death of Sarah McSweeney, a woman with multiple disabilities, and reports of medica...
12/15/2020
As Hospitals Fear Being Overwhelmed By COVID-19, Do The Disabled Get The Same Access?

An NPR investigation looked into the death of Sarah McSweeney, a woman with multiple disabilities, and reports of medical discrimination in Oregon.

If you have questions about the rights of people with disabilities impacted by COVID, The Arc of Indiana's family advocates are here to help. Call them at 317-977-2375 and ask to speak with a family advocate. You can find COVID related resources on their website at: https://www.arcind.org/covid-19-information-and-resources/

In an Oregon hospital, a disabled woman fought for her life as her friends and advocates pleaded for proper care. Her case raises the question: Are disabled lives equally valued during a pandemic?

12/09/2020
Access Pass Program | The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Are you aware of the Access Pass program available in Indiana?

If you’re an Indiana resident and receive Hoosier Healthwise Insurance, SNAP or TANF, you qualify for Access Pass. The Access Pass gets you into 12 museums and cultural attractions for $2 per person, per visit for general admission. https://bit.ly/2VVjHgp

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is proud to join forces with other local museums and cultural institutions to make fun family learning more accessible. Families that meet the requirements listed below can visit The Children’s Museum and all participating locations for just $2 per family memb...

12/07/2020
Indiana Disability Rights

Indianapolis, IN – The ability to vote privately and independently is a fundamental right and an essential component of democracy in the United States. However, in Indiana, these rights are not guaranteed to all voters. In fact, Indiana has one of the most restrictive absentee voting systems in the country for blind voters because it only permits them to vote at home by appointment with a “traveling board” of elections officials. Hoosier voters who are blind or have low vision could easily vote privately and independently at home using electronic tools. Instead, they are being forced to choose between giving up their right to vote privately and independently, risk exposing themselves to COVID-19 at the polls, or not voting at all. Click here to read the complaint.

In a lawsuit filed today in federal district court in the Southern District of Indiana, plaintiffs Rita Kersh, Kristin Fleschner, and Wanda Tackett, joined by the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission and American Council of the Blind of Indiana, assert that the Indiana Election Commission and the Secretary of State are discriminating against voters who are blind or have low vision by not offering the necessary accommodations that these voters need to vote privately and independently when using the absentee vote-by-mail program.

In Indiana, the Indiana Election Commission and the Secretary of State have known for quite some time that the current absentee vote-by-mail system is inaccessible to voters who are blind or have low vision. “The American Council of the Blind of Indiana has tried to bring this problem to the IEC and SOS’s attention, but they have declined to work with us to implement an accessible way to vote at home. That’s why this suit was necessary,” said Dee Ann Hart, a member of the Board of Directors of the ACB-I and its Advocacy and Awareness Committee Chair.

Furthermore, both the Indiana Election Commission and the Secretary of State have had over 30 years to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

The lawsuit provides concrete examples of successful, accessible absentee voting programs that are currently being used by other states and explains how Indiana’s existing accessible military and overseas voting options could be expanded to include voters who are blind or have low vision.

“Because of Indiana’s restrictive requirements, I was deprived of my vote during this year’s general election,” said Wanda Tackett, a plaintiff in the suit. “My niece has vision impairment and I work with a young boy who is blind, and through this case, I want to empower them and other future voters to make sure that this kind of violation never happens again.”

“Let’s make equal access an integral part of voting and find ways to increase civic engagement rather than make it hard,” said Kristin Fleschner, another plaintiff. “Our officials and policies will only represent our ideals if everyone is able to vote privately and independently.”

“Voting is one of our most important rights. By operating a voting program inaccessible to some people with disabilities, Indiana is creating unnecessary and unlawful barriers to the voting process,” said Tom Crishon, Indiana Disability Rights Legal Director. “Voters with disabilities must have equal access to all aspects of Indiana's voting program, including absentee voting.”

“The right to a secret ballot is a fundamental right that most Americans take for granted,” said Jelena Kolic, an attorney with Disability Rights Advocates. “Unfortunately, Indiana has failed to respect that right for voters with certain disabilities. Through this case, we hope to ensure that all Hoosier voters are granted equal access to a private and independent vote.”

The plaintiffs are seeking only injunctive relief, not monetary damages, and are represented by attorneys from Indiana Disability Rights and Disability Rights Advocates.

PRESS RELEASE - BLIND HOOSIERS FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE INDIANA ELECTION COMMISSION AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE

12/03/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Last chance for input!
Tonight (Dec 3) will be the final Zoom town hall meeting to collect input for the Council 5 year plan. It will be held from 6 -7:30 pm Eastern Standard or 5 pm Central time We have had eight meetings so far and the small group discussions have been lively and interesting. If you haven't had a chance to participate yet, tonight is your last chance.
We would love to hear from you about the issues you think are most important and what you think the Council should be doing in the next five years. Please register at our Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/789345244961443/
To join without registering click on https://zoom.us/j/92862987779?pwd=dXVVZWJkWngwbzhPeDFRbmZybHNOQT09 a few minutes before the meeting starts

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Town Hall meetings continue next week!Now that the Council's 5-year State Plan Survey has come to an end, it's time for ...
11/24/2020
Town Hall Meetings Continue Next Week!

Town Hall meetings continue next week!

Now that the Council's 5-year State Plan Survey has come to an end, it's time for the next step: virtual Zoom town halls to get more information about individual and community concerns that may not fit easily into a survey format. We especially want to hear from people with disabilities and family members of people with disabilities.

Now that the Council's 5-year State Plan Survey has come to an end, it's time for the next step: virtual Zoom town halls to get more information about individual and community concerns that may not fit easily into a survey format.

Town Hall meetings begin next week!Now that the Council's 5-year State Plan Survey has come to an end, it's time for the...
11/11/2020
Town Hall Meetings Begin Next Week!

Town Hall meetings begin next week!

Now that the Council's 5-year State Plan Survey has come to an end, it's time for the next step: virtual Zoom town halls to get more information about individual and community concerns that may not fit easily into a survey format. We especially want to hear from people with disabilities and family members of people with disabilities.

Now that the Council's 5-year State Plan Survey has come to an end, it's time for the next step: virtual Zoom town halls to get more information about individual and community concerns that may not fit easily into a survey format.

Indiana Disability Rights
11/05/2020

Indiana Disability Rights

Melissa Keyes, Executive Director, will be presenting at the Virtual Conference hosted by Self-Advocates of Indiana and The Arc of Indiana on November 10th, 2020 at 11 am EST. The topic of the presentation will be "Supported Decision Making in Services".

For more information and registration, click the link: https://www.arcind.org/conference/

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#BecauseAdvocacy #SupportedDecisionMaking #SelfAdvocacy

Indiana Disability Rights
11/03/2020

Indiana Disability Rights

Today is General Election Day! Find your voting location and their hours at indianavoters.in.gov and if you have issues with voting or accessibility at polling sites, contact IDR at 800-622-4845.

#HoosiersVote #Hotline #ElectionDay #Vote #BecauseAdvocacy

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Tomorrow!Impacts of DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and DeafPlus Students' Academic and Social ExperienceOctober 21, 2020 Noon ...
10/20/2020

Tomorrow!

Impacts of DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and DeafPlus Students' Academic and Social Experience

October 21, 2020 Noon - 1:50 PM ET
Webinar Zoom Link
https://gallaudet.zoom.us/j/98486759901

This webinar will have a panel discussion of students who are Deafblind, DeafDisabled, and Deaf Plus that will share their academic and social experiences both on campus and virtually at Gallaudet and in society especially during the COVID19 pandemic. They will also share their tips on how to be an ally to them and be more inclusive in both academics and social life.

This event is hosted by Academic Affairs and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. It will be moderated by Dr. Connie Pucci, Social Work Faculty and Faculty Advisor for 3D.

This event is being led by the student-organization DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and DeafPlus Advocacy, Education, and Cultural Students Organization (3D). Panelists: Stephanie Vazquez, Julian Laferrera, Tye Lovato, Connor Kolovitz, James Groff. Student Leaders: Philip Wismer and Tashinalynn Sanders

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Impacts of DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and DeafPlus Students' Academic and Social Experience

October 21, 2020 Noon - 1:50 PM ET
Webinar Zoom Link
https://gallaudet.zoom.us/j/98486759901

This webinar will have a panel discussion of students who are Deafblind, DeafDisabled, and Deaf Plus that will share their academic and social experiences both on campus and virtually at Gallaudet and in society especially during the COVID19 pandemic. They will also share their tips on how to be an ally to them and be more inclusive in both academics and social life.

This event is hosted by Academic Affairs and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. It will be moderated by Dr. Connie Pucci, Social Work Faculty and Faculty Advisor for 3D.

This event is being led by the student-organization DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and DeafPlus Advocacy, Education, and Cultural Students Organization (3D). Panelists: Stephanie Vazquez, Julian Laferrera, Tye Lovato, Connor Kolovitz, James Groff. Student Leaders: Philip Wismer and Tashinalynn Sanders

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The NADD:  an association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs has their annual conferenc...
10/15/2020
Home - The NADD

The NADD: an association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs has their annual conference coming up--and this time it's virtual! Check out their announcement below and their offerings on their website to see what appeals to you!

37th Annual NADD Conference – something for everyone!

Whether you are a clinician, a provider or a family member the 37th Annual NADD conference has something for you. NADD’s mission is to promote leadership in the expansion of knowledge, training, policy, and advocacy for mental health practices that promote a quality life for individuals with dual diagnosis (IDD/MI) in their communities. This year they are excited about the opportunities for learning and community that a virtual conference platform brings, and are transforming their program and processes to ensure this year’s conference encompasses all the robust and engaging content NADD is known for. Additionally, due to the virtual nature of the conference they are able to offer this educational opportunity at a lower cost and all registrants will be access to information from all the sessions for a year post conference.

WE’RE GOING VIRTUAL! NADD’s 2020 Conference Season is underway – click below for details and JOIN US NADD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show – 37th Annual – October 28-30, 2020 http://thenadd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/JF-Annual-Conference-2020.mp4 New From NADD Press NADD has publishe...

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The Indiana Governor's Council is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Our mission is to promote public policy which leads to the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research and advocacy.

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