Many low income people have physical, mental, and learning disabilities that affect their ability to access government benefits. Nearly half of the families receiving welfare assistance have a parent or child with a disability, a rate that is almost three times higher than it is among those not receiving welfare. Federal, state, and local governments must comply with federal disability rights laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the operation of their programs. Yet many agencies have done little to address their obligation under these laws and provide a meaningful opportunity to access programs and benefits.
NCLEJ has been a leader in using disability rights laws to improve government programs and services for low income individuals. NCLEJ welcomes inquiries from advocates and opportunities to work with advocates on these issues. Feel free to contact us.