RSA-227 for FY-2017: Submission #985

New Mexico
9/30/2017
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Native American Disability Law Center
3535 E. 30th Street
Suite 201
Farmington
NM
87402
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(800) 862-7271
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Native American Disability Law Center
3535 E. 30th Street
Suite 201
Farmington
87402
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(800) 862-7271
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Additional Information
Therese E. Yanan
Therese E. Yanan
(505) 566-5880
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
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B. Training Activities
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Three of the four trainings focused on ensuring that students with disabilities & their parents had information regarding VR services so that those services could be accessed during transition planning. One of the Law Center's attorneys presented at the National Native American Conference on Special Education, which provided information to 135 parents, students with disabilities, educators & related service providers. With this information, these parents & students can advocate for VR services to be part of transition plans & help students successfully leave school & enter employment or higher education. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
All of the Law Center's clients are Native American, a previously unserved or underserved community. The Law Center did focus this year on expanding services & outreach efforts to reach those who are eligible for VR services. <p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
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E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
The regional Navajo Nation radio station, KNDN, broadcast the annual Navajo Disability Conference. The Law Center is a major participant in this conference & provided 2 sessions during the 1 day conference. Both sessions involved discussion of employment, including accessing VR services. National Native News & the newspaper coverage provided information about a major civil rights law suit that was filed by the Law Center. <p><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
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B. Problem areas
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C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
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D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
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E. Results achieved for individuals
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Part III. Program Data
A. Age
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B. Gender
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C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
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D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
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E. Types of Individuals Served
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Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
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B. Litigation
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Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Native American Disability Law Center
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Not Applicable
B. Staff Employed
The Law Center has an Advocate and Attorney working part-time on individual cases; the Attorney provides support & guidance to the Advocate. Additionally, the Law Center's Community & Government Liaison spends a portion of his time advocating for improved policies & practices that help individuals with disabilities access VR services & employment. <p><p>The Law Center has slightly less than 4 FTEs allocated to the CAP program. This time is spread out among all of the Law Center's staff. One of the Law Center's Advocates spends about 15% of her time on CAP activities. The program staff spend 2 to 3% of their time on CAP associated activities.<p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
T is a 27 year-old male who is a member of the Din&Eacute; (Navajo) Nation and lives in Sweetwater, Arizona located on the Navajo reservation. T is diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Tourette&rsquo;s Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). T contacted the Law Center because he was denied vocational rehabilitation services with the Navajo Nation Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (NNOSERS). T wanted to obtain employment and live independently. <p><p>T experienced significant barriers to accomplishing his employment goal. NNOSERS refused to determine T eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. It was only through the Law Center&rsquo;s representation that NNOSERS reconsidered their decision and provided T with the proper evaluation process. T also experienced difficulty in accessing the work adjustment training through Arizona Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (AZDVR) because housing was unavailable in Flagstaff, Arizona. T lived over two hundred miles away from Flagstaff and other independent living agencies denied T services, leaving T with very little options and opportunity to begin his work adjustment training. As T&rsquo;s AZDVR case transferred to another vocational rehabilitation counselor, T was provided the funds for a hotel, meals, and transportation for T&rsquo;s father to drive him two hundred miles from Sweetwater, AZ to Flagstaff AZ. <p><p>The Law Center advocated for T to receive a job developer and job coaching services. These services were delayed because AZDVR and NNOSERS did not have a provider for T&rsquo;s remote region. After additional advocacy & support from the Law Center&rsquo;s Advocate, T received a job developer who provided him job searching services and assisted T in applying for jobs. Less than a week later, T obtained gainful employment at a Best Western hotel in Farmington, New Mexico as a housekeeper. <p><p>The Law Center coordinated group meetings with T&rsquo;s service providers who contributed in reaching T&rsquo;s employment goal. From the Law Center&rsquo;s involvement, T has the access to resources and services that will provide T for future growth in employment. T would not have made the progress and obtained employment this year without the Law Center&rsquo;s support and advocacy. <p><p><p><p>___________________________________________<p>Ryan is a 44-year-old Navajo gentleman who resides in a community of Durango, Colorado. Mr. R was raised in a small rural community on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. Ryan graduated from a public high school then pursued a college degree, which he obtained his college degree. R was diagnosed with a mental illness and TBI. R shared a maternal love for his mom because she played an important role in his life before his accident and after he was diagnosed with mental illness and TBI. R explained his mom taught R he would become his best advocate along with her traditional teaching
Certification
Approved
Therese E. Yanan
Executive Director
2017-12-08
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