NDALC sets annual service priorities based on input from individuals with disabilities. In August of every year, NDALC collects input and public comments about our current and future service priorities. If you would like to give your input, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NDALC may assist individuals who meet the statutory eligibility criteria for its protection and advocacy programs and whose complaints or problems fall under NDALC’s current service priorities.
Case Selection Criteria
- The applicant must meet the program eligibility guidelines and the legal problems must fall within an objective or priority for services.
- Services will be provided only to persons whose legal problems are related to their status as an individual with a disability, whose legal problems are susceptible to resolution by NDALC staff and whose claims have legal merit.
- Services will generally only be provided to individuals whose problems cannot be solved through self-advocacy or by other individuals, agencies, attorneys or organizations.
- While NDALC will provide direct legal representation to individual clients, legal issues that are systemic in nature will receive priority.
- The demand for NDALC services exceeds the available resources, and the agency must plan its activities in a strategic manner to effectively utilize its limited resources. Therefore, NDALC may decline to provide direct advocacy assistance even in situations where a case may be within the priorities and meet case acceptance criteria.
- NDALC resolves disputes whenever possible through non-adversarial means such as negotiation, mediation, conciliation, and exhaustion of administrative remedies, where appropriate, prior to initiating legal action in a Federal or State court.
2013 Service Priorities
FY2013 NDALC Service Priorities: English & Spanish (coming soon)
Abuse & Neglect
People with disabilities will live free from abuse and neglect.
Investigate five (5) cases of alleged serious abuse or neglect in public and private facilities, including schools.
Review and/or investigate all reported deaths in public and private facilities.
Conduct site visits of select facilities, group homes and supervised living arrangements.
Persons with disabilities will have increased access to Health Care Services.
Address systemic issues in Medicaid program that decrease access to services.
Accept twenty-five (25) cases when a Medicaid recipient with a disability has been wrongfully denied services.
Advocate tn ensure access to Health Care coverage and services for people with disabilities.
Public entities and places of public accommodation will not discriminate on the basis of disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Identify and address five (5) instances of alleged illegal discrimination by a place of public accommodation.
Identify and address five (5) instances of alleged illegal discrimination by a state or local government entity.
Students with disabilities in Nevada will have improved access to quality special education with a primary emphasis on matters involving: abuse, neglect, or harassment; restraint or seclusion; removal of students from the educational environment; and transition services.
Accept cases of students with disabilities where issues relate to behavior, including but not limited to suspensions, expulsions, and/or Interim Alternative Educational Placements (IAES).
Accept cases of students with disabilities where eligibility, programming, and/or placement issues seriously threaten the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
Students with disabilities in Nevada will receive appropriate assistive technology devices and services from school districts.
People with disabilities will live in the community of their choice with the supports they need for successful integration.
Assist people with disabilities to remain in the least restrictive environment possible.
Assist people with disabilities to move from an institutional placement to living in the community.
Infants and toddlers will receive appropriate and timely early intervention and transition services.
Provide assistance in obtaining appropriate and timely early intervention services.
Accept cases of individual families and children placed on waiting lists for early intervention services and/or facing denials of compensatory services or reimbursement.
Nevada will provide access to adequate community-based treatment and services for people with disabilities.
Educate policy makers to improve the quality of and increase access to community based services.
Enforce Nevada’s Olmstead implementation activities to ensure that individuals with disabilities have quality community based services.
Client Assistance Program
NDALC will advocate for applicants or clients of the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation.
NDALC will advocate for applicants or clients of the Bureau of Services to the Blind/Visually Impaired.
NDALC will advocate for applicants or clients of Independent Living program services.
NDALC will provide information on vocational rehabilitation services or Title I of the ADA.
People with disabilities will have their rights protected.
Accept cases of alleged denial of rights of individuals with disabilities by care and treatment service providers.
Provide self advocacy training and resource materials about personal rights.
NDALC will support the activities of the PAIMI Advisory Council.
People with disabilities will have increased access to and knowledge of NDALC services and their rights under federal and state law.
Conduct outreach activities to selected facilities, group homes, and supported living arrangements.
Conduct outreach activities in the community to increase awareness of NDALC services and the rights of individuals with disabilities.
NDALC will advocate for expansion of transportation services where appropriate.
People with disabilities will be educated about their voting rights and the voting process.
NDALC will support the activities of the Developmental Disability partners in the state of Nevada.