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OFFICE OF DISABILITY AFFAIRS

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CITY SERVICES

The City of Indianapolis provides services that are accessible to all. If you have any questions about how to access services, please read the information below or contact the City of Indianapolis Office of Disability Affairs coordinator Jesse Miller by calling 317-327-5591 or by email at Jesse.Miller@indy.gov. You can also contact the Office of Disability Affairs Project Assistant Dustin Gilmer at 317-327-5654 or Dustin.Gilmer@indy.gov

PARKING FOR CANAL ACCESS

The Downtown Canal is part of the Indiana Central Canal built in the 1800s. The canal runs from 11th Street to the White River St​ate Park. In the 1980s, the canal was restored and is now a haven for recreational activities that include biking or walking and is a great way to explore Indianapolis, no matter if you are a resident or are a visitor. A canal access map can be found at the following link. Download the Canal Access Map.

CANAL ACCESS POINTS

New York Street, Canal Square Apartments (Public Access Elevator)

Metered parking spaces are located on the north and south sides of New York Street. The public elevator is located on the north side of New York Street.

Canal Overlook Apartments, (Public Access Elevator)

Disability metered parking spaces are located on the east and west side of Indiana Avenue, directly south of Michigan Street. A public elevator to the north of the disability metered parking spaces provides canal access.

11th Street, Buggs Temple, North side of the Admiral Spruance Basin

Three disability metered parking spaces are located on the south side of 11th Street, which is one way west. One of the spaces is immediately past the driveway to the Indiana University Health Building, just east of Buggs Temple. The two remaining spaces are west of Buggs Temple.

CURB & SIDEWALK PROGRAM

The Department of Public Works promotes accessible curbs and sidewalks through its Capital Improvement Program and provides direct response service to individuals with disabilities who experience barriers. If you are a person with a disability and have a curb or sidewalk need, please contact the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622 (4MAC) and provide information regarding your specific disability-related need.

PARKING PROGRAMS

The City of Indianapolis values the engagement of individuals with disabilities and seniors throughout our community. Accessible parking opportunities promote mobility, economic development and livability for our city. If you are a person with a disability who has experienced a parking barrier, or if you are interested in applying for the parking programs described below, please contact the City of Indianapolis ADA Coordinator Jesse Miller at 317-327-5591 or Jesse.Miller@indy.gov. You can also contact the Office of Disability Affairs Project Assistant Dustin Gilmer at 317-327-5654 or Dustin.Gilmer@indy.gov  

The City of Indianapolis provides the following opportunities for individuals with disabilities to experience barrier-free parking at meters as well as in residential areas:

  • Disability Meter Exempt Parking Program: A disability parking placard or license plate does not automatically entitle the user to free metered parking. However, section 621-111(f) of the Indianapolis-Marion County Revised Municipal Code establishes that the Department of Public Works shall issue a permit waiving time restrictions and parking charges to any individual with a disability who is unable to access a parking meter or pay box in order to pay the meter fee.
  • Residential Disability Parking Program: Section 621-110 of the Indianapolis-Marion County Revised Municipal Code establishes that the Department of Public Works may grant an individual with a disability one parking space at his or her residence and/or place of employment when that individual does not have access to off-street parking or when the use of such off-street parking is unduly burdensome to the individual.

TRASH

The Department of Public Works responds to individuals with disabilities and seniors who have difficulty carrying trash containers to and from the curb. If you have a disability and experience difficulties, please contact the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622 (4MAC). After your call, a representative from the Department of Public Works will contact you in order to learn more about your unique disability needs. He or she will work with you to identify options to assist you.