The Indianapolis Department of Public Works works for all residents to make sure that all programs and services are accessible to persons with disabilities. Our goal is to create a culture that makes the public aware of every individuals' needs in our city. By building measures that allow access to everyone, we become a more holistic, inclusive Indy.
HISTORY OF THE OFFICE OF DISABILITY AFFAIRS
The City of Indianapolis has a long history of being on the forefront of promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities. This tradition began in the 1970’s when then-Mayor Hudnut created the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disability. Former Mayor Stephen Goldsmith furthered the initiative by enhancing programmatic and physical access throughout the city. In 2000, former Mayor Bart Peterson continued the tradition of promoting inclusion in Indianapolis through the creation of the Office of Disability Affairs (IODA).
Today, under Mayor Joe Hogsett’s direction, IODA continues to include community members with disabilities in all our city has to offer. This commitment has resulted in recognition of the City of Indianapolis by the National Organization on Disability as the model of a disability-friendly city through the Accessible America Award.
WHO WE ARE
JESSE MILLER was born and raised in Tipp City, Ohio before eventually receiving his degree from Marian University in 2008, where he studied Art History and French. His love for the city has kept him in Indianapolis and his connection to disability affairs began at age 5, when his father became disabled. Being able to assist the disability community in a place he now calls home is something he hopes to continue as the Office’s Disability Affairs Coordinator.
You can contact Jesse directly via email at Jesse.Miller@indy.gov or at 317-327-5591.
DUSTIN GILMER was born and raised in Indianapolis. He graduated from Ball State University with a B.A. in journalism and telecommunications. As a person with a disability, Dustin continues to look for opportunities to help educate the community on what it means to live with a disability. In his spare time, Dustin loves watching sports and supporting his hometown teams. He began working in the Office of Disability Affairs in 2015 as an Intern and now serves as the Project Assistant to the Office of Disability Affairs.
You can contact Dustin via email at Dustin.Gilmer@indy.gov or at 317-327-5654.
Learn more about accessibility compliance and regulations by visiting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website.