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Title Sponsor - Blake Street Tavern
Attorneys' Night Out is scheduled for June 27, 2013, from 5:30 - 9:00 at the Blake Street Tavern (2301 Blake Street). Contact Joshua Anderson by email or by phone (303-722-0300) for event details and sponsorship opportunities.
Community Sponsor - CenturyLink
Community Sponsor - Gibson Dunn
Community Sponsor - McConnell Fleischner Houghtaling, LLC
Community Sponsor -Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
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.
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
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.
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Your support allowed The Legal Center to raise in excess of $23,000 at this year’s Attorneys’ Night Out. Thank You for again attending and contributing to the work of Colorado’s Protection & Advocacy System – Your Support is Invaluable!!!
Berenbaum & Weinsheink PC
Blake Street Tavern
Sheridan Ross PC
Sherman & Howard LLC
Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings, PC
McConnell Fleischner Houghtaling, LLC
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Reilly Pozner LLC
Choquette & Hart LLP
Forte Human Resources
Isle of Jura and Dalmore (scotch tasting)
King & Greisen, LLP
A Special Thanks to Zimm Consulting
On July 18 2011, The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People filed a complaint with the United States Department of Justice against the Douglas County School District (DCSD) for violating Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act in denying equal access to students with disabilities to the school district’s Choice Scholarship Program and public charter school the Choice Scholarship School.
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STATE SETTLES LAWSUIT OVER DELAYS IN PROVIDING PRETRIAL DETAINEES COURT-ORDERED COMPETENCY EVALUATIONS AND RESTORATIVE TREATMENT
Landmark Ten-Year Agreement Resolves Lengthy Delays that Lawsuit Alleged Violate U.S. Constitution
DENVER, April 9, 2012 — The Colorado Department of Human Services (the “Department”) and the non-profit Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People (the “Legal Center”) announced that they have settled the federal lawsuit brought by the Legal Center to address chronic delays in the system for providing court-ordered competency evaluations and restorative treatment to pretrial detainees. The lawsuit alleged that pretrial detainees in Colorado suffered unconstitutional delays, in some cases lasting as long as six months, in receiving evaluations and treatment that would enable them to participate in their criminal proceedings. read more
The National Council on Disability (NCD), in collaboration with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and EIN SOF Communications, Inc., wants to hear about YOUR voting experiences during the 2012 General Election. Through a brief, open-ended questionnaire, to be completed following your vote, NCD and our partners will collect information about your experiences, including any physical, attitudinal, or other barriers you may have faced when attempting to exercise your constitutional right to vote. We will issue a report based on the findings of the questionnaire in early 2013.
A Government Accounting Office report found in 2008 that just over a quarter of polling places, only 27 percent to be exact, are fully accessible. The Federal Election Commission reports that, in violation of state and federal laws, more than 20,000 polling places across the nation are inaccessible, depriving people with disabilities of their fundamental right to vote.
NCD and its partners would like to learn how people with disabilities fare in this election, four years later.
Take the survey!
Download a Word version of the questionnaire.
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.
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But I Don't Want Elder Care!
This guide provides strategies for avoiding parents’ premature dependency on long-term eldercare services — and on their children. The author also provides creative and practical assistance to adult children who are already overwhelmed by care giving responsibilities. “But I Don’t Want Eldercare!” is a remarkable consumer empowerment resource. He shows us that we have more control over the future than we realize.
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) have convened a Conflict of Interest Task Force to evaluate the conflict of interest issues in the provision of single entry point, case management and program services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The Legal Center is actively participating in that task force along with other agencies including the Arc of Colorado and representatives of local Arc chapters.
The Arc chapters in Colorado are producing a series of informative updates to help people with developmental disabilities and their families understand the work of the Colorado Conflict of Interest Task Force. They will regularly update the series and post additions on The Arc of CO website: www.thearcofco.org.