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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, housing, education, and access to public services. The ADA further requires that reasonable accommodation be made so as to provide individuals with disabilities equal opportunities. Other statutes prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities include the Fair Housing Act, Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. States may pass disability statutes so long as they are consistent with the ADA.
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Disability & Benefits
Arc of New Mexico
The Arc provides assistance for developmentally disabled persons and their families. Their services include Guardianship, Special Needs Trusts, Personal Plan Facilitation, and Representative Payee Facilitation including assisting parents in getting SSI benefits and Medicaid benefits for children with disabilities.
Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
NMCDHH Public Policy and Advocacy Department (PPAD) provides individual advocacy,system advocacy, transition services, and public policy development to people in New Mexico who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind,Hard of Hearing and their families.PPAD also partners with state agencies to collaborate on services for all people with disabilities.
Disability Rights New Mexico (Protection and Advocacy Inc.)
Protects and advocates for the rights of people with developmental or mental disabilities and mental illnesses.Investigates reports of abuse and neglect in facilities that care for or treat individuals with mental illnesses.
Law Access New Mexico
Provides free civil legal advice and referrals via telephone and fax only for low-income New Mexicans. Including but not limited to family law, landlord/tenant, public housing, public benefits, consumer law, child guardianship. Also hosts free workshops. They do not provide ongoing legal representation or go to court.Open 8:45-3:45 weekdays. Se habla español; translators available for other languages.
Native American Disability Law Center
Nonprofit law firm that provides free legal advocacy and education to Native Americans with disabilities in the Four Corners.
New Mexico Legal Aid
Providing free legal services to low-income residents of Bernalillo County. Will provide services in the areas of child support, AFDC(only in domestic violence related cases), food stamps, Medicaid, state disability and SSI unemployment benefits, Section8 housing,landlord/tenant, uncontested divorces, and domestic matters where violence or custodial interference has occurred.Services not provided for criminal,DWI, personal injury, worker’s comp, foreclosures, or paternity.
South Central Pension Rights Project
Providing assistance via telephone and postal mail to eligible individuals (see right) with a pension question or problem.Serves New Mexico as well as other states. Those who do not qualify for these services may contact PensionHelp.org.
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