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Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities

The National Disability Rights Network works in Washington, DC on behalf of the Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) and Client Assistance Programs (CAPs), the nation’s largest providers of legal advocacy services for people with disabilities.

NDRN promotes the network’s capacity, ensures that P&As/CAPs remain strong and effective by providing training and technical assistance, and advocates for laws protecting the civil and human rights of all people with disabilities.

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Are you a person with a disability in need of legal support?

If you have a disability and are experiencing abuse, neglect or discrimination, are experiencing a legal problem or are having difficulty obtaining disability services, call your state’s P&A.

Disability Rights California

DRC advocates, educates, investigates, and litigates to advance the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, and choices for all people with disabilities.

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Disability Law Center of Massachusetts

DLC works to promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts.

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Disability Rights South Carolina

DRSC protects and advances the legal, civil and human rights of people with disabilities in South Carolina.

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The Latest from NDRN

  • Protect the Rights of Students with Disabilities – The Need for an Education P&A Program

    July 30, 2021

    Introduced by Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) in the 116th Congress, the Protection and Advocacy in Education Act would provide dedicated grant funding for the P&A Network to protect and advocate for the rights of students with disabilities.Download this Fact Sheet in PDF format.The Needs of Students with DisabilitiesStudents with disabilities and their families face numerous obstacles at school, including, low expectations, inconsistent service delivery and disproportionate discipline practices which too often result in poor education outcomes for youth with disabilities thus perpetuating the cycle of poverty. For example, according to the 2017–18 Civil Rights Data Collection, even though students with disabilities served by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) represented 13% of all public school students, 80% of students who were subjected to physical restraint were students with disabilities and 77% of students subjected to seclusion were students with disabilities. In the 2018-2019 school year, of the millions of students receiving services under IDEA, only 73 percent graduated with a high school diploma which is below the graduation rate for students without disabilities.These statistics are alarming and discouraging. Parents and guardians of children with disabilities have few resources to help them understand and navigate the complex education system,…

  • Groundbreaking Analysis of Hate Crime Laws Finds  Limitations and Opportunities in the Face of Rising Hate Violence  

    July 28, 2021

    The report provides a comprehensive look at both the opportunities and limitations of hate crime laws as a means of preventing and addressing hate violence. 

  • The ADA is 31! Here’s Seven Disability Rights Issues You Need to Know About

    July 26, 2021

    For the 31st anniversary of the ADA, we partnered with The Leadership Conference to highlight some disability rights issues.

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