4. Disability Law Center’s
Services for Individuals - What We Can and Can’t Do:
disabilities: DLC provides legal services to people in
Massachusetts who have a wide range of physical, psychiatric,
sensory and cognitive disabilities.
disability related problems: DLC serves individuals who
experience discrimination, abuse or neglect or denial of
services because of their disability. DLC does not handle
general legal problems such as obtaining a divorce, filing for
bankruptcy or trust & estate issues.
disabilities whose legal problem falls within a priority: Demand
for DLC’s services far exceeds our resources. DLC adopts
annual priorities based on input from people with disabilities.
Priorities are available upon request or can be seen on the DLC
disabilities whose case has merit and DLC has the staff time and
resources necessary to resolve the issue: Given DLC’s limited
resources, DLC must concentrate staff time and funding on cases
that meet our priorities and will make a significant impact for
people with disabilities.
experienced staff who provide services in the following issue
Access to Community Services;
Housing, Employment and
Access to Health Care at
Hospitals or Doctors’ Offices;
Disability Benefits; and
Rights and Conditions in
Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Group Homes, and Rehab Centers.
We help in
these areas when the problem is directly related to your
some examples of ways that DLC has helped people who are deaf
and/or hard of hearing:
someone get an ASL interpreter at work so they could attend
someone get a flashing doorbell from the housing authority so
they knew someone was at the door;
student transfer from a public general education classroom to a
specialized classroom that teaches in ASL;
hospital set up video relay in case of emergencies when an ASL
interpreter was not available;
advice to individuals who are deaf about overpayments they had
with social security; and
individual who is deaf and living on a psychiatric unit with
communicating with their treatment team.
many areas that we do not have expertise or staffing for – here
are a few examples of things that we don’t do:
charges; wills and estates; divorces; or personal injury cases.
legal problem is not related to your disability, we will not
take your case.