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New Report: Unjustified Isolation, Unwarranted Assumptions

More than twenty six years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), far too many South Carolinians with intellectual and related disabilities still lack opportunities for real work. Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) has published a report “Unjustified Isolation, Unwarranted Assumptions: Why South Carolina’s System of Sheltered Employment…

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Advocates File Class Action Lawsuit Against the Department of Mental Health to Increase Access to Community Mental Health Services

Press Release Advocates File Class Action Lawsuit Against the Department of Mental Health to Increase Access to Community Mental Health Services Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc., (P&A) and six individuals with disabilities have filed a class action lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (DMH) and its Commission alleging violations of…

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New P&A Report Offers Effective Solutions to South Carolina’s Juvenile Justice Crisis

More than a decade after emerging from federal court oversight, the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) once again faces significant difficulties.  Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) is calling for measures to improve conditions at the state’s juvenile justice facilities and address inadequate treatment for children in custody. A 2017 state…

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A Home for the Holidays

Four P&A clients with intellectual disabilities are spending this holiday season with their friends in their comfortable home, instead of in a dilapidated, rundown, shabby bunkhouse. In 2014, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, P&A received a call from attorney Robert Canino with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This call alerted P&A to the possibility…

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Post-Election Survey

The South Carolina DisAbility Voting Coalition is gathering information about the experience voters with disabilities had in the 2016 Presidential Election. Please take a few minutes to fill out the below survey. To complete online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/disabilityvote or for an accessible PDF that you can download click here. This version can be emailed back to knowles@pandasc.org or mailed…

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Report Disability Related Voting Problem

The purpose of Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) is to ensure that people with disabilities in South Carolina can participate in all aspects of the voting process.  We provide: Education about the right to vote. Information to people with disabilities about the accommodations available. Assistance to voters who have disability related problems voting,…

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Locked Up and Locked Down

National Report Tackles the Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness Between 80,000 and 100,000 inmates are currently segregated in prison cells nationwide for 22-24 hours per day, for days, months, years, and in some cases decades at a time.  Segregation disproportionately affects inmates with mental illness and research shows that individuals may acquire symptoms of…

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Voting Resources for People with Disabilities 

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) and other members of the SC DisAbility Voting Coalition have developed a new online voting resource manual to accompany the set of videos the coalition produced last spring. Online voting resource manual: http://bit.ly/votingrightsSC Video on how to register to vote: http://bit.ly/28Sbgv9 Video on the four ways…

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South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rule: South Carolina Statewide Transition Plan – Revised

PUBLIC NOTICE South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rule: South Carolina Statewide Transition Plan – Revised The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice that the revised draft Statewide Transition Plan, required per Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)…

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P&A Hosts Voter Registration Drive

Would you like to register to vote?  Stop by any of these locations to register to vote and pick up materials about your rights as a voter with a disability. August 15, 2016 – October 7, 2016 Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Charleston Office 1569 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407 (843)…

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