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Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

IPAS > Priorities > Equal Access and Other Rights Equal Access and Other Rights

Individuals with disabilities must have access to programs, services, technology, polling places, buildings and housing.

Following are objectives that IPAS staff will work to complete in order to increase access to individuals with disabilities:

Review allegations of discrimination under Titles II or III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act, or other disability discrimination law.

Assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining assistive technology services and devices in the areas of education, health care, employment, community living and in the use of telecommunications.

Assist or represent individuals with disabilities in the grievance procedure set forth in the Indiana Help America Vote Act plan.

Strengthen policies and practices affecting the State’s response to disability rights issues affecting individuals with disabilities through attending at least 50% of the meetings of select committees, groups and task forces.

Continue to represent prisoners with serious mental illness in class action lawsuit to diminish the use of segregation.

Participate on the Resident/Human Rights Committee of the facilities operated by the Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addictions.

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

Review allegations of disability based discrimination that may have systemic implications.

Review cases involving alleged rights violations and the use of the internal complaint process of the provider, in situations not involving abuse or neglect.