The State of Indiana now has a bill protecting the right of persons with disabilities to parent. Members of the Indiana state affiliate of the NFB played an important role in getting this bill introduced and passed. While not a perfect law, it does establish for state courts that parents, including potential and active foster parents and those designated to serve as guardians, are not to be disqualified on account of disability.

The law also states that “a court … shall take into consideration the provision of reasonable accommodations to the individual as provided under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 … Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and other applicable state and federal law.”

We thank Chris and Tammy Hollingsworth, Lee Martin, Ray Montgomery, State Affiliate President Ron Brown, Morgan Daly and Amber O’Haver with the Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council, and State Senator David Niezgodski.