Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.
AND CASE SELECTION CRITERIA
Approved by Board of Directors
September 10, 2016
GOAL 1: Reduce incidents of serious abuse, neglect and exploitation of individuals with disabilities, including inappropriate restraint and seclusion in residential and day program settings.
GOAL 2: To facilitate the community integration of individuals with disabilities by protecting their rights to receive appropriate supports and service, in the most integrated settings.
GOAL 3: To obtain legally adequate mental health care for people with disabilities who are in the custody of the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC).
GOAL 4: Individuals with developmental disabilities or who receive social security will have meaningful access to integrated employment that pays at least minimum wage.
GOAL 5: Students with disabilities* will receive appropriate behavioral interventions and other services they need to stay in school, receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, and successfully transition to work or postsecondary education.
GOAL 6: People with disabilities** will have increased access to the employment accommodations and post-secondary educational modifications they need in order to work or prepare to work.
GOAL 7: Individuals with disabilities will receive assistance to enforce their rights under Titles II and III of the ADA, Fair Housing Act, Section 504, and similar federal and state laws.
GOAL 8: P&A will consider individual case representation for people with mental illness for issues that are legally compelling and not identified under other priorities.
GOAL 9: P&A will advocate for people with disabilities to receive the assistive technology services and supports they need to live in the homes of their choice or for work, school, or other activities not covered by community integration.
GOAL 10: P&A will assist people with disabilities so they may fully participate in the voting process.
GOAL 11: P&A will conduct inspections of organizations that serve as representative payees of SSDI/SSI beneficiaries. This work is conducted pursuant to a contract between P&A and NDRN.
*Note: Goal 5 is for individuals eligible for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities program, the Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights program or the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury program. Education cases for students with other disabilities may be considered under Goal 7.
**Note: Goal 6 is for individuals eligible for the Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights program. Employment cases for individuals with other disabilities may be considered under Goal 7.
Case Selection Criteria
While priority issues will be a major factor in deciding to accept a particular case, the following will also be considered:
- Legal merit and likelihood of success;
- Attractiveness to private attorneys or others who might provide representation;
- Whether the fact situation offers an opportunity to use media to educate the general public and people with disabilities about disability rights and what can be done when rights are violated;
- Whether the client is willing to have the case used to educate and wants to be a part of this process;
- Whether P&A has the resources necessary to provide high quality representation;
- Capacity of the individual for self-advocacy.
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If you have comments about these goals or other goals you believe P&A should have in the future, you may send them to:
Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.
3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208
Columbia SC 29204