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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.
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.
On October 1 Connect for Health Colorado will open for business, offering Coloradans a new way to shop, compare, and select new health insurance plans. Click here for more information and to learn more.
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.
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:
- conducting a self-evaluation;
- notifying interested people of their rights and the City’s obligations under the ADA;
- designating an ADA coordinator;
- establishing a grievance process;
- operating each program, service, or activity so that it is accessible to individuals with disabilities;
- ensuring that facilities with new construction or alterations since January 26, 1992 are accessible;
- ensuring that communications with people with disabilities are as effective as communications with others;
- providing direct access via TTY or computer-to-telephone emergency services;
- providing information for interested people concerning the existence and location of the City’s accessible services, and
- 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 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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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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