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Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

IPAS > Priorities > Education and Training Education and Training

Students, parents and advocates need information and support to enable them to effectively self advocate.

Following are objectives that IPAS staff will work to complete in order to increase awareness about disabilities rights and the exercise of those rights.

Provide education and training about disability rights and IPAS to individuals with disabilities, parents, guardians, advocates, and/or service program providers.

Develop and disseminate information regarding disability rights.

Support education and training efforts of consumer based organizations to increase awareness of disability rights.

Assist the Brain Injury Association of Indiana (BIAI) in planning and sponsoring of the Annual BIAI Conference

Conduct training events concerning the civil/disability rights of individuals with mental illness for family members.

Conduct resident rights training events for consumers at selected Comprehensive Mental Health Centers.

Support the creation of a Crisis Intervention Team program in an Indiana Law Enforcement entity.

Develop and distribute information concerning voter registration, access to polling places and the right to cast a vote, including information regarding the state’s grievance procedure and the role of IPAS in representing individuals.

Continue development of website as an empowerment tool for individuals and families.

Respond to education, training and assistance requests to individuals with disabilities that will promote their participation in the electoral process.

Respond to requests by election officials, poll workers, and election volunteers regarding the rights of voters with disabilities and best practices in working with individuals with disabilities

Respond to requests by governmental entities regarding the physical accessibility of polling places.

Provide education and training to increase the self-advocacy skills of individuals with disabilities, their families, and other advocates to enable them to obtain assistive technology services and devices.

Participate on selected committees, groups or task forces that have systemic implications concerning policies and practices affecting the rights of individuals with disabilities