The Native American Disability Law Center is the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe's designated protection and advocacy system. The Law Center receives funding from a number of different federal, state and private programs, described below. Our use of these funds is reviewed in our annual audit.
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD)
With PADD funding, the Law Center serves individuals who have a developmental disability and have been abused, neglected, or discriminated against because of their disability or denied a service to which they are entitled. A developmental disability is a severe disability that occurs before the age of 22. The PADD program is authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)
With PAIMI funding, the Law Center protects individuals with mental illness from abuse and neglect in institutions, and helps individuals with mental illness to live independently in their community. The PAIMI program is authorized by the Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals Act.
Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR)
With PAIR funding, the Law Center protects the rights of individuals who have a disability that significantly impacts a major life function and are not covered under PADD or PAIMI funding. The PAIR program is authorized by the Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights section of the Rehabilitation Act.
Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)
With PABSS funding, the Law Center provides individual representation to recipients of Social Security benefits who seek vocational rehabilitation or employment support services, or who otherwise face barriers returning to work. The Law Center can give information about beneficiaries' rights under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act (TWWIIA) and about rights to support services from agencies and employers.
Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT)
With PAAT funding, the Law Center provides advocacy services to people with disabilities who are denied funding for assistive technology devices and services, such as communication or mobility equipment. PAAT is authorized by the Assistive Technology Act.
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI)
With PATBI funding, the Law Center advocates on behalf of individuals with traumatic brain injuries for services to meet their unique needs. PATBI is authorized by the Children's Health Act of 2000.
New Mexico Civil Legal Services Fund (NM CLS)
With NM CLS funding, the Law Center provides legal assistance and representation to Native American children in northwest New Mexico. The Law Center helps these children to obtain appropriate special education supports and services. Court filing fees and legislative appropriations fund the NM CLS program, which is overseen by the New Mexico Civil Legal Services Commission.
11th Judicial District Court of New Mexico
With funding from the 11th Judicial District, the Law Center represents the best interests of children as Guardian ad Litem in state court. These children are involved in the social service system and are the subject of abuse & neglect or delinquency proceedings.
Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (AZ DDPC)
With funding from the AZ DDPC, the Law Center has produced an Independent Living Resource Guide for Navajo and Hopi people with developmental disabilities. The Law Center is also working to make the Navajo and Hopi Housing Authorities housing programs more accessible to people with developmental disabilities, and to organize and conduct a disability awareness conference for Native people with disabilities.
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Tribal Civil Legal Assistance
With a Tribal Civil Legal Assistance grant from US DOJ/OJP, the Law Center is drafting an Adult Guardianship Act for the Navajo Nation with input from the Navajo Nation Advisory Council on Disabilities, the Navajo Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, representatives of the Navajo disability community, and representatives from the Navajo government and court system. The Act will clearly address a potential ward's right to due process. Once the Navajo Adult Guardianship Code has been drafted, the Law Center will use it as a template to develop a Model Tribal Guardianship Code for use by tribal justice systems around the country.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Native Americans (ANA)
With ANA funding, the Law Center is working to increase the physical accessibility of tribal buildings and polling locations, develop and distribute a community resource guide, conduct a media awareness campaign, and develop and implement a disability awareness curriculum for elementary school students.
Southern Poverty Law Center
With Southern Poverty Law Center funding, the Law Center works to eliminate inequities in the services provided to Native American children who are or should be receiving special education services from the United States Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).