RSA-227 for FY-2019: Submission #1046

New Mexico
9/30/2019
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Native American Disability Law Center
405 W. Apache Street
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Farmington
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87401
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(800) 862-7271
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Native American Disability Law Center
405 W. Apache Street
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Farmington
87401
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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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a Topics Covered<p>The Navajo Vulnerable Adult Protection Act, the Navajo Guardianship Act & the Navajo Civil Rights for Individuals with Disabilities, which prohibits discrimination based on an individual's disability. The Law Center also provided information on screening & enrolling for government benefits & self-advocacy efforts. The Law Center also provides information & training on education law.<p>b. Purpose of the Trainings<p>The Annual Navajo Disability Conference focuses on providing information & training to Navajos with disabilities, their families & service providers so that individuals are aware of available services & are able to advocate for themselves.<p>The Hopi Disability Conference focuses on providing information & training to Hopis with disabilities, their families & service providers so that individuals are aware of available services & are able to advocate for themselves..<p>The Shiprock Health Fair provides general information on available services in the community.<p>c. Description of the Attendees<p>Attendees were tribal, state and federal government employees and people with disabilities. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
The Native American Disability Law Center focuses on serving only Native Americans with disabilities in rural areas, a traditionally unserved or underserved community. <p><p>
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Part II. Individual Case Services
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D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
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Part III. Program Data
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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
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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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Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
The Law Center helped a client coordinate services between the State & Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Services. The Law Center helped the client understand the process, identify & achieve an employment goal with appropriate vocational rehabilitation services, & connected the client with the local independent living center to provide additional support. The client achieved self-employment & interviewed for other jobs. <p><p>The rate of unemployment in the general population creates significant barriers for those with disabilities trying to return to work, which impacts the number of potential clients. The Law Center also recently became aware of that the Navajo Vocational Rehabilitation program is not identifying the Law Center as the CAP to assist clients. The Law Center tries to address the low number of clients by providing systemic outreach & providing information about Vocational Rehabilitation services. The Law Center created a video that provides information on the hiring process & requesting reasonable accommodations in an employment setting. The video is currently being translated into Navajo.<p>Self-Advocacy Project Additionally, the Law Center works with high school students in the Exceptional Student Services at Greyhills Academy High School (Greyhills) in Tuba City, Arizona, located on the Navajo reservation. Throughout Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and beginning of Fall 2019 semester, the Law Center presented to fifty high school students, grades ninth through twelfth. The Law Center focuses its self-advocacy project to help high school students increase their understanding of their legal rights & their skills to advocate for themselves.<p>The Law Center presented nine sessions in each semester covering topics of identifying their career path, accessing vocational rehabilitation services and client assistance program, understanding disability disclosure and accommodations in the work and school settings, and recognizing their transition services. The sessions provided activities, role playing, videos, guest speakers and student presentations to increase self-advocacy skills.<p>The Law Center presented one parent night session with a guest speaker whom presented about issues she faced due to her disability and how she accessed vocational rehabilitation services to help her start her self-employment business. The guest speaker also highlighted her advocacy at the local, state and national levels and encouraged the student&rsquo;s to self-advocate for their needs.<p>Greyhills students increased their understanding of their legal rights and gained vital information that helps them to prepare for their transition into adulthood. The Law Center continues the self-advocacy project with Greyhills to ensure students with disabilities are aware of their transition services and self-advocate for their future choices.<p>_______________________________________________________________________________<p>Overview<p>Between December 2018 and February 2019, the Native A
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Therese E. Yanan
Executive Director
2019-12-19
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