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Fighting Discrimination

Persons with HIV disease, either symptomatic or asymptomatic, are protected by the ADA.

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We need your input!

Please take a few minutes to give us your opinions about the work we do on behalf of individuals with mental illness.

Report abuse/neglect!

The PAIMI Program represents children and adolescents in the Division of Youth Corrections.  Call 1-800-288-1376 to report abuse, neglect and rights violations.

BINGO!
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BINGO box top

Residents' Rights BINGO is back by popular demand!  The game is an imaginative way to empower residents of nursing homes and provide essential training to staff.  Find out more and order your copy today.

Legal Center Brochure

Legal Center brochure
This brochure gives more information about how The Legal Center can help. (1.1 MB)

 
Criteria for Representation

 Learn more about The Legal Center's scope of services and case acceptance criteria.

 

The Legal Center's Criteria for Representation
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The Everyday Guide to Special Education e-book

The award-winning book is now available as an e-book for only $9.95!  Click here to order.

Register to VOTE!

Go to the Secretary of State website to register to vote!

The Legal Center makes a difference in everyday lives...

The Legal Center protects and promotes the rights of people with disabilities and older people in Colorado through direct legal representation, advocacy, education and legislative analysis.

Join us for the 9th Annual Attorneys' Night Out!
2013 Attorneys' Night Out

2013 Attorneys' Night Out

Join the fun on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 5:30 - 9:00 at the Blake Street Tavern for the 9th Annual Attorneys' Night Out.  This is an event for all members of the community.  All of the funds raised go to support the work of The Legal Center.  Tickets are $25 purchased before the event or $35 at the door.  Your ticket gives you admission into the event, one complimentary drink and Blake Street Tavern's award-winning food. There will be a silent auction, live auction and a drawing for an iPad!  Click here to purchase your tickets.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Julie Z. Busby, Director of Development by email or by phone at 303-862-3507.  Hope to see you at the event!  

Michele Manning TLC's Office Assistant in Arc Arapahoe & Douglas County News!

Embracing Life...with Michele Manning, by Veronica Crowell, Family/Individual Advocate, Arc Arapahoe & Douglas County Newsletter.  Select the attachment to see the entire article.


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Choosing Home

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Tessa Cheek with The Colorado Independent:

One hundred and thirty-nine Coloradans under the age of 65 who live with developmental disabilities are being warehoused in privately owned nursing homes throughout the state in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Read full article...

Click here to view the video interview with Jennifer Blankenship, a 52-year-old woman who fought for two years to get out of a nursing home to live in the community.

Amtrak not ADA compliant
Woman using wheelchair unable to access Amtrak office due to stairs

Woman using wheelchair unable to access Amtrak office due to stairs

Many of the nation’s Amtrak stations remain difficult to navigate for people with disabilities, and some have “major barriers” that deter them from using the rail system, according to a new report by the National Disability Rights Network.  The Legal Center's Jennifer Shook and Jennifer Purrington contributed to the report.  Read more in the Washington Post article.

Department of Justice Reaches ADA Settlement Agreement with City of Fort Morgan

On August 8, 2013, the Disability Rights Section of the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division announced a settlement agreement with the City of Fort Morgan, Colorado regarding the City’s responsibilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Title II is the section of the ADA that applies to state and local governmental entities.  The Disability Rights Section reviewed Fort Morgan’s compliance with a broad range of city activities including:

  1. conducting a self-evaluation;
  2. notifying interested people of their rights and the City’s obligations under the ADA;
  3. designating an ADA coordinator;
  4. establishing a grievance process;
  5. operating each program, service, or activity so that it is accessible to individuals with disabilities;
  6. ensuring that facilities with new construction or alterations since January 26, 1992 are accessible;
  7. ensuring that communications with people with disabilities are as effective as communications with others;
  8. providing direct access via TTY or computer-to-telephone emergency services;
  9. providing information for interested people concerning the existence and location of the City’s accessible services, and
  10. Providing signage at all inaccessible entrances to any facility, directing users to an accessible entrance or to information about accessible facilities.

The settlement agreement details the specific actions the City of Fort Morgan will take to ensure it has complied with its ADA responsibilities in the above areas.

Click here to read settlement agreement.

The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law, Second Edition
The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law, Second Edition

The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law, Second Edition

The second edition of The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law, by Randy Chapman, was published in 2008.  It is an essential tool for parents to help them get the best education possible for their child with disabilities.  This book is also a great resource for teachers and school administrators.

Guía de la Ley de Educación Especial
Guía de la Ley de Educación Especial

Guía de la Ley de Educación Especial

Guía de la Ley de Educación Especial is the Spanish translation of The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law. Each page includes text in Spanish and in English. This manual gives parents the courage to effectively advocate for their child with disabilities.

Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook
Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook

Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook

New Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook is now available! Click here to order. 

Or, click here to order the e-book format.

Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook is a supplement to the award winning book, The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law. This Workbook combines practical information on special education law with actual case examples that are presented in a concise story format.

Mary Anne Harvey receives the William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities
Mary Anne Harvey

Mary Anne Harvey

On March 12, the Colorado Nonprofit Association presented Mary Anne Harvey, Executive Director of The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, with the William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities. She received the award at the association’s Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon. The William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities was established in 1991 to honor leaders who can unify people and organizations around a common cause and is sponsored by the Boettcher Foundation. 

To read the full press release click on the attachment.

Colorado Nonprofit Assn honors Mary Anne Harvey
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The Legal Center sues State for excessive delays in providing court-ordered competency evaluations and restorative treatment to pretrial detainees

DENVER-- Presumptively innocent men and women with serious mental illnesses languish in Colorado jails for months awaiting court-ordered mental health evaluations and mental health treatment to so that they can participate in their criminal proceedings, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by the non-profit Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People. The lawsuit alleges that the excessive delays violate the United States Constitution. In some cases, pretrial detainees waited in jail for court-ordered mental health evaluations and treatment longer than they would have otherwise been confined for their alleged offense. The Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) are named as defendants in the suit. 

Click here or on attachment for the full release.

News release - Legal Center sues State over excessive delays in completing court-ordered competency evaluations.
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