Announcements & News

Indiana Disability Rights Launches Supported Decision-Making Website

Indiana Disability Rights has launched a new website dedicated to providing trusted resources about Supported Decision-Making (SDM).

SDM is a disability accommodation for people who need assistance in the decision-making process. Think about when you have to make a big decision, like buying a car. You might talk to a partner or your friends, or ask a mechanic for advice, or go online to read reviews. This process is seeking “support” to help you make a decision.

Because guardianship grants all decision-making power to the guardian, SDM is quickly being recognized as an alternative to guardianship. This does not mean that SDM is right for everyone. But in cases where it is appropriate, SDM can serve as both a tool for support and self-determination by recognizing and respecting a person’s ability to make their own decisions.

Visit Indiana Disability Rights’ SDM website here: http://fifthfreedom.org/l/sdm.

Indiana Disability Rights is the service arm of the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) Commission, and works to protect and promote the rights of individuals with disabilities through empowerment and advocacy. Learn more at https://www.in.gov/idr/.

 


The Arc of Indiana Launches New Utility Support Program For Persons With Disabilities

Hoosier families, with one or more persons with disabilities, in need of help with utility costs may be eligible to receive assistance from The Arc of Indiana’s new Utility Support Program. The program can assist with payment of utility bills, funding to reactivate or prevent disconnection of services, deposit assistance to begin services, or funding to cover past utility debt.

Click here to learn about the program’s eligibility requirementsThe Arc Logo.

The Arc of Indiana is a branch of the largest national organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of Evansville is the local branch offering services to area residents.

The Arc of Evansville empowers families with disabled members by providing them with information and resources to assist them in their journey of raising a child with a disability. Their mission is to help children with developmental disabilities to lead a full and meaningful life by providing them with the tools to be self-sufficient and independent to the greatest extent possible.

For more information about The Arc of Indiana or the Utility Support Program, call 800­.573­.9816 or email gdewilde@arcind.org.

 


spring-flowers-d23688-h900Free National Parks Pass for People with Disabilities!

Spring is here, so get out and enjoy the great outdoors! And now, people with disabilities can enjoy federal recreation sites for free.

Visit a federal recreation site, like Indiana Dunes (http://www.nps.gov/indu/) or the Lincoln Boyhood Memorial (http://www.nps.gov/libo/).  

At the site, present some documentation of disability status and ask for the free Access Pass. Documentation includes a physician’s statement, or a document issued by a State or Federal agency like the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income, Supplemental Security Income, or a vocational rehabilitation agency.

The pass gives you and three adults free admission to federal recreation sites around the country, and it’s good for life!