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Indiana Disability Rights attorneys on call Election Day November 6

Information courtesy of Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

On Election Day, Indiana Disability Rights (IDR) attorneys will be available to answer questions and take complaints from persons with disabilities who have any issue casting their vote. The Hoosiers Vote Hotline will be open during poling hours, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm local time.

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Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship – Apply by September 4

Information courtesy of the American Association of People with Disabilities

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Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council Seeking New Members – Apply by July 22

Information courtesy of The Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC)

The Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC) is seeking new members. INSILC is responsible for the development of the State Plan for Independent Living, and for monitoring, reviewing, and evaluating the implementation of the State Plan. People with disabilities interested in advocating for Independent Living are invited to apply for membership.  For more information and to apply for membership, visit https://www.insilc.org/about-insilc. Applications are due by July 22.

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Possible changes to air travel rules for service animals – Comment by July 9

Information courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation

As a result of complaints from consumers and airlines, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering major changes for air travel rules for service animals. In 2017, DOT received 70 complaints against airlines from people with disabilities who have had difficulty traveling with their service animal. The airlines are having their own difficulties. One airline complaining to DOT stated that, since 2016, they have had an 84 percent spike in the number of behavior-related service animal problems, including urinating, defecating, or biting.

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Indiana Medicare Recipients to Get New Cards after June 2018 – Beware of Medicare card scams!

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) are removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards. New cards will be mailed out in phases based on geographic location, with Indiana residents getting their cards some time after June 2018.  The new cards are intended to help prevent fraud and identify theft, but criminals are using the changeover to try new scams. According to a report by AARP, scammers pretending to be with CMS are calling seniors to ask for processing fees to pay for the new card, for banking information, or for Social Security numbers.

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