The Disability Law Project (DLP) helps people with civil legal problems related to their disability. We give legal advice, we support self-advocacy, and we represent clients and their families in courts, hearings and other settings.
We help with legal issues like:
- abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disabilities
- access to assistive technology
- access to health care and specialized (“waiver”) services like Developmental Services, Choices for Care or the TBI program
- access to transportation
- children’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) terminations based on disability
- disability discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations
- education issues like special education eligibility, suspensions, restraints and seclusions, and
- guardianships and alternatives like Supported Decision Making.
We help people with developmental disabilities, including children with mental health diagnoses. We help people with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and physical and sensory disabilities. We usually refer adults with a mental health diagnosis to Disability Rights Vermont.
We advocate for public policies to protect and expand the rights of Vermonters with disabilities.
The Disability Law Project has developed information on many disability topics. Access them on our VTLawHelp.org website.
- Disability Law Project brochure
- DLP's Client Assistance Program video
- DLP's Client Assistance Program brochure
- DLP's Client Assistance Program brochures in eight languages
- Kicked Out! Unfair and Unequal Student Discipline in Vermont's Public Schools
- An Open Letter to Vermont School Boards and Superintendents - June 23, 2020
You may qualify for legal help from Vermont Legal Aid. To ask for a referral to Vermont Legal Aid or other legal help:
- use our Legal Help Tool on the VTLawHelp.org website, or
- call our legal helpline at 1-800-889-2047.