Disability Rights and Community Integration

Persons with Disabilities are entitled to equality of opportunity, full participation in society, independent living, economic self-sufficiency  and equal treatment. Disability Independence Group has been committed to enforcing  rights under the Federal, state and local laws protecting the rights and freedoms of all individuals with disabilities.

The basic tenants of disability rights recognize that all persons are entitled to live in the least restrictive environment to enhance independent living and access to the community. Disability Independence Group  is currently acting as lead counsel in a landmark case against the state of Florida to ensure that medically fragile or complex children are not warehoused in geriatric nursing homes, and parents have the ability to have the needed medical and nursing services to keep their children in their homes.

A.R. v. Dudek – Disability Independence Group is Lead Counsel with the North Florida Center for Equal Justice and the FSU College of Law Public Interest Law Center representing a putative class of medically fragile and complex children to ensure that they receive the community based supports and services needed to live at home in a community-based setting.  The Department of Justice’s findings letter against the State of Florida is found here.

A Mother of an Adult with Down Syndrome’s Worst Nightmare – The Story of Karl Hunt and his experience of being denied housing because of his disability.

Treatment Alternatives – Alcoholism and drug addiction are considered impairments under the definitions of a disability, because as a medical matter, addiction is a chronic illness that is never cured but from which one may nonetheless recover. DIG assists Treatment Alternatives in their attempts to develop a larger and more comprehensive group home for persons recovering from addiction.

Its not my Fault – Protections for Autistic Persons under the Fair Housing Act – Questions and Answers on how to obtain a Reasonable Accommodation to avoid an eviction because of a meltdown or other incident.

Disclaimer: The facts and circumstances of your case or potential case may differ from the facts and circumstances of the cases appearing on this page.  Each case is different and must be evaluated and handled on its own merit.   The results provided in the cases above and are not necessarily representative of the results obtained in all cases.