FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2020
Contacts: Amber OHaver, INSILC Executive Director
(844) 4INSILC / (844) 446.7452 Ext. 700
Morgan Daly, INSILC Director of Public Policy & Systems Advocacy
(844) 4INSILC / (844) 446.7452 Ext. 702
#RightToParent – Share Your Story!
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC) is collecting stories from biological, adoptive and foster parents with disabilities and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HoH) parents in Indiana who have experienced discrimination on the basis of their disability!
Stories are a powerful advocacy tool – Data, expert opinions, and research only tell half of the story. YOUR personal stories will further explain the discriminatory problems and barriers Hoosier parents with disabilities and Deaf/HoH Hoosier parents face when raising their families. Individual stories can help bring to life these issues and are powerfully persuasive with the potential to create positive change.
Hoosier parents with disabilities and Deaf/HoH Hoosier parents have a #RightToParent free from fear and discrimination. We need state legislators to acknowledge and better understand the discrimination Hoosier parents with disabilities and Deaf/HoH Hoosier parents are experiencing and the traumatic impact this is having on their families. Your stories can help make this happen and help to persuade legislators to establish a law protecting your family and your fellow Hoosier parents with disabilities and Deaf/HoH Hoosier parents from harmful discrimination.
Hoosier Parents with Disabilities & Deaf/HoH Hoosier Parents – Share your stories of discrimination here:
ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: If you would like more information before submitting your story or prefer another option to share your story that is more accessible for you, please contact INSILC at ShareYourStory@insilc.org or call INSILC at (844) 446.7452.
This collection of stories is part of a collaborative effort to pass Indiana Senate Bill 312 – Parents with Disabilities, sometimes referred to as a “parental rights bill”.
Indiana Senate Bill 312:
- Acknowledges that biological, adoptive and foster parents with disabilities have a right to be free from discrimination in parenting;
- Allows past discriminatory charges or findings made by the Indiana Department of Child Services against a parent solely on the basis of their disability to be expunged;
- Mandates disability awareness training for the Indiana Department of Child Services.Learn more about Indiana Senate Bill 312 by clicking here: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/bills/senate/312Learn more about engaging in INSILC advocacy efforts here: https://www.facebook.com/IndianaSILC