The Legal Center's programs for people with disabilities and older people
The Legal Center was designated as Colorado’s protection and advocacy system in 1977, protecting the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. Since then The Legal Center has acquired a number of other protection and advocacy programs for people with disabilities and two programs that protect the rights of older Coloradoans (individuals 60 years and older). Currently, The Legal Center operates eight protection and advocacy programs for people with disabilities and two programs for older Coloradoans.
The Legal Center provides advocacy to individuals throughout the state of Colorado, from its offices in Denver and Grand Junction.
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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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.