Services Available from DLC

 

The type of service we provide is based on the unique facts and circumstances of your situation.  The following intervention strategies are used by the Disability Law Center advocates and attorneys after a person has been deemed eligible and a case has been opened:

Professional Assistance

This remedy includes providing coaching in self-advocacy, explaining the service system and other methods for you to independently resolve your complaint.

Negotiation/Mediation

This is when informal, non-legal intervention (letters, calls and/or meetings with others) is used to resolve your reported problem.  At this level you may receive assistance from an advocate writing a letter or making calls on your behalf and you may be accompanied to a meeting by an advocate.

Administrative Remedies

This includes the use of a more formal advocacy strategy involving hearings, grievances, or complaints with federal or state administrative agencies. Examples are Office of Civil Rights complaints, Social Security Administration hearings, Special Education due process hearings, Medicaid hearings, etc.  At this level you would be accompanied by an advocate to any meetings or hearings.

Legal Remedies/Consultation

This is formal legal representation for litigation in federal or state court.  Up until this level, you may have been working solely with an advocate.  At this point you will be assigned an attorney to represent you.

Class Action Lawsuits

This is formal legal representation of a group of clients with similar issues in litigation in federal or state court.

Other

This includes all actions other than those described above (e.g. participation in conciliation proceedings, public hearings, arbitration proceedings, etc.).

NOTE: More than one of these strategies may be necessary to resolve your complaint.