Improving Accessibility in Indiana: Indiana State Chapter Partners with IPAS
June 17, 2015
The Indiana State Chapter of the National MS Society has recently partnered with the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) to improve accessibility throughout the state of Indiana.
This partnership is thanks to the initiative of Public Policy Committee member Barbara Reed, who is also the Co-Leader of the Northwest Indianapolis/St. Vincent Self-Help Group.
IPAS helps enforce Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations to ensure accessibility at a wide variety of locations, including businesses, restaurants, government offices, and parking lots, just to name a few.
Finding accessibility problems in your local area can help make Indiana accessible to everyone. In order to report a concern, we will need the name of the business, street address and city, and how that location is currently not accessible.
For example, you could report that a restaurant doesn’t have an accessible restroom, or it doesn’t have accessible parking or a proper curb cut.
This summer, IPAS is conducting a survey of pools owned and operated by cities and towns (i.e., municipal pools). The survey is to make sure that the pools themselves are accessible to people with disabilities. If you visit a municipal pool that does not have an accessible entrance or pool lift, please contact IPAS at 1-800-622-4845 or by email at email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “accessibility issues” in the subject field of the email.
Let’s make our state accessible for all Hoosiers!
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.