Legal aid initiative enables those with disabilities

Launched in 2016 by Indiana Legal Services, the Providing Legal Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities initiative is partnering with agencies in Fort Wayne and central Indiana focused on serving individuals with disabilities.

Feature (Indiana)

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
March 6, 2019

Tags: Disability Rights

Organizations mentioned/involved: Indiana Legal Services (ILS)


ILS staff attorney Nick Parker oversees the PLAID program, providing guidance and representation to the agencies and their clients. Inspired by his grandmother who worked with disabled individuals and his mom who has multiple sclerosis, Parker knows well the obstacles those with disabilities face, as well as the potential they have.

Parker realized immediately when he started working with PLAID what needed to be done. It is important to help clients understand what is happening, he said, and assure them they have a partner in the process.

“We’re going through this together,” Parker said. “I’m not letting them feel like just another cog in the bureaucracy.”