Types of Cases
The Disability Law Center may be able to help you if you are a person with a disability and have a legal issue related to the disability.
The following are examples of issues/problem areas generally pursued by the Disability Law Center:
- Social Security applications and some higher-level appeals;
- Disability-related employment discrimination;
- Medicaid/Medicare appeals;
- Disability-related housing discrimination;
- Disability-related financial exploitation;
- Access to appropriate Special Education programs;
- Physical barriers/access to businesses or services;
- Complaints about the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) or an Independent Living Center;
- Access to voting.
Within available resources and consistent with agency priorities* and case selection factors, the Disability Law Center may:
- Respond to complaints of abuse, neglect or denial of rights;
- Provide self-advocacy training and education for consumers, family members, service delivery professionals, constituency groups, and the community;
- Intervene or assist individuals to advocate for their own rights;
- Provide legal representation if the problem cannot be resolved using other strategies;
- Organize workshops and distribute materials on legal rights, special education, public benefits, and other topics;
- Provide information on the rights of people with physical and/or mental disabilities and make referrals when appropriate.
*Priorities are established each year based upon public comment.
The following are examples of issues/problems NOT generally pursued by the Disability Law Center:
- Divorce, custody, support, and other family law matters.
- Wills, trusts, and estate planning.
- Criminal issues/proceedings.
- Legal or medical malpractice.
- Workers' Compensation or collective bargaining.
- Products liability.
- Indian/Tribal law.
- Native Allotments.
- Subsistence issues
- Automobile accidents/traffic violations.
- Consumer protection.
- General Tax matters.
- Pension and ERISA issues.
- Property disputes or real estate.
- Insurance disputes.