Rights of Blind and Other Physically Disabled Persons
Public policy Sec. 1. It is the policy of Indiana to encourage and enable individuals who are blind, individuals with a visual disability, and other individuals with a physical disability to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment.
Public accommodations; guide dogs
Sec. 2. (a) As used in this section, “public accommodation” means an establishment that caters or offers services, facilities, or goods to the general public. (b) A person who: (1) is totally or partially blind; (2) is hearing impaired; or (3) has a physical disability; is entitled to be accompanied by a guide dog, especially trained for the purpose, in any public accommodation without being required to pay an extra charge for the guide dog. However, the person is liable for any damage done to the accommodation by the dog. (c) A person who: (1) refuses access to a public accommodation; or (2) charges a fee for access to a public accommodation; to a person who is totally or partially blind, who has a hearing impairment, or who has a physical disability because that person is accompanied by a guide dog commits a Class C infraction. (d) A guide dog trainer, while engaged in the training process of a guide dog, is entitled to access to any public accommodation granted by this section.
Offenses; failure to take precautions to avoid injury to blind pedestrian
Sec. 3. (a) A person not totally blind who: (1) approaches a totally or partially blind pedestrian carrying a cane predominantly white or metallic in color, with or without a red tip, or using a guide dog; and (2) fails to take all necessary precautions to avoid injury to the blind pedestrian; commits a Class C infraction. (b) A person not totally or partially blind who carries, in a public place, a cane or walking stick that is white and tipped with red commits a Class C infraction.
White Cane Safety Day
Sec. 4. Each year the governor shall take suitable public notice of October 15 as “White Cane Safety Day”. The governor shall issue a proclamation in which the governor does the following: (1) Comments upon the significance of the white cane. (2) Calls upon the citizens of Indiana to observe the provisions of the white cane law and to take precautions necessary to the safety of individuals with a disability. (3) Reminds the citizens of Indiana of the policies with respect to individuals with a disability and urges the citizens to cooperate in giving effect to the policies. (4) Emphasizes the need of the citizens to do the following: (A) Be aware of the presence of individuals with a disability in the community. (B) Keep safe and functional for individuals with a disability the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities, other public places, places of public accommodation, amusement, and resort, and other places to which the public is invited. (C) Offer assistance to individuals with a disability upon appropriate occasions.
Public employment; terms and conditions
Sec. 5. It is the policy of this state that individuals who are blind, individuals with a visual disability, and other individuals with a physical disability shall be employed in: (1) the state service; (2) the service of the political subdivisions of the state; (3) the public schools; and (4) all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds; on the same terms and conditions as the able-bodied, unless it is shown that the particular disability prevents the performance of the work involved.