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Suit claims intentional discrimination against individuals with disabilities

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March 14, 2017

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INDIANAPOLIS—The ACLU of Indiana, on behalf of New Horizons Rehabilitation, Inc., filed a lawsuit alleging that the State of Indiana is intentionally discriminating against New Horizons and its clients with disabilities.

New Horizons plans to open a supported living home in Lawrenceburg, Ind., which will be the permanent residence for three adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This home is planned for an area zoned for single-family residences and will be physically indistinguishable from the other single-family homes in the area.

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"M.T." is a student at Reitz High School in Evansville, Indiana who has severe diabetes that sometimes causes potentially life-threatening changes in her blood sugar. Layla is her service dog and alerts M.T. when her blood sugar spikes or dips dramatically.

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When Sheila Perdue received a missive from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) telling her she had to be certified by telephone to receive the benefits she'd gotten for several years, she phoned the agency as requested. But because of her severe disabilities, including nerve damage to both of her ears, she was unable to hear or respond to much of what the interviewer said.

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