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North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project

Current Priorities & Resources: Agency Priorities: Community Inclusion

P&A advocates for the right of people with disabilities to live and receive services in the least restrictive environment. It is P&A's goal that, if possible, individuals with disabilities live in the community of their choice and receive the necessary and appropriate services that will help them maintain their independence.

P&A's community inclusion efforts are focused on assisting residents of the North Dakota State Hospital (NDSH), the North Dakota Developmental Center (NDDC) or a private psychiatric facility move to the community. P&A will also assist eligible individuals in the community who, without intervention, are at risk of placement in the above facilities or in basic care facilities and nursing homes. P&A will also represent eligible individuals denied equal access to public goods, buildings, facilities, or services.

Resources

Client Assistance Program
Assists clients and client applicants of North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation services, Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation, or Independent Living services.

National Disability Rights Network: Community Integration
Resources through the National Disability Rights Network.

Interagency Program for Assistive Technology
Delivers services so people with disabilities can get the assistive technology they need for work, school, and home.

Legal Interpretations of the Olmstead v. L.C. Decision
Questions and answers from the National Disability Rights Network.

North Dakota Department of Human Services
Provides services that help vulnerable North Dakotans of all ages to maintain or enhance their quality of life, which may be threatened by lack of financial resources, emotional crises, disabling conditions, or an inability to protect themselves.

Olmstead Commission
Appointed by the Governor to develop a plan to implement the Olmstead decision by providing appropriate community-based placement for individuals with disabilities, consistent with the needs and available resources of the State.

Institute on Community Integration
The Minnesota University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. This site provides information and many resources relating to the ADA.

ADA for Title III
The Department of Justice's regulation implementing Title III of the ADA, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in "places of public accommodation" (businesses and non- profit agencies that serve the public) and "commercial facilities" (other businesses); includes minimum standards for ensuring accessibility when designing and constructing a new facility or altering an existing facility.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
A national law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability; applies to employers and organizations (including many hospitals, nursing homes, mental health centers, and human service programs) that receive financial assistance from any Federal department or agency.

Disabilityinfo.gov
The federal government's one-stop Web site for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans and service members, workforce professionals and many others.

North Dakota Department of Labor
Responsible for enforcing the N.D. Human Rights Act which prohibits discrimination because of a person's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (forty or older), physical or mental disability, martial status or receipt of public assistance. The department is authorized to investigate complaints of housing discrimination and public accommodations.

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