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E4: Get to Know Indiana Disability Rights

This workshop will introduce Indiana Disability Rights (P&A), including our investigations and monitoring work. Information will be provide on all of our available services and how people can access them.

Approved by DCS for Foster Care Parent Hours

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the role of the Indiana Disability Rights (P&A).  
  • To understand the P&A monitoring and access authority.  
  • To understand the services that the P&A can provide.

Presenter Bio:

Melissa Keyes is the Executive Director for Indiana Disability Rights, the state’s protection and advocacy agency, which provides legal services to individuals with disabilities.  Melissa received her law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  She was the Editor-in-Chief for the Indiana Health Law Review, Volume 8, and was selected as a 2010 Program on Law and State Government Fellow.  During law school, Melissa served as a research and policy consultant to the Autism Society of Indiana.  Before becoming an attorney, Melissa worked at Riley Hospital for Children in the autism clinic at which time she earned her Master’s degree in clinical psychology.  Melissa has a particular interest in advocating for options to support decision-making in adulthood. She represented Jamie Beck in becoming the first person in Indiana to have a guardianship terminated in favor of supported decision-making and regularly speaks on the subject both locally and nationally.



Melissa Keyes, MS, JD