The MISSION of University Legal Services’ Protection and Advocacy Program (ULS-P&A) is to ensure that District of Columbia residents with disabilities have the legal rights to which they are entitled, including the right to be free from harm, the right to individual choice and the right to full inclusion in the community.
The following are the priorities and objectives for the Protection and Advocacy Program for Voting Access (PAVA) for 2016:
1. Advocate on behalf of people with disabilities to ensure their full participation in all aspects of the electoral process including registering to vote, accessing polling places, and casting ballots in the District of Columbia.
- Monitor the accessibility of polling places and voting equipment for people with mobility, visual, and hearing disabilities during the June 14, 2016 Presidential Primary Election.
- Pursue legal advocacy to ensure the Board of Electionís full compliance with the provisions of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 by advocating with the Board of Elections, and other governmental agencies, to change or make accessible the inaccessible polling places.
- Provide advocacy and education through written materials and presentations to voters with disabilities in both institutional and community settings regarding voting rights.
- Develop and submit to administrative and policy-making bodies testimony and comments on proposed policies, procedures, and regulations that impact access to voting by people with disabilities in DC.
2. Issue a report regarding DC polling precinct accessibility barriers during the November 4, 2014 Election for Mayor and Attorney General.
CASE SELECTION CRITERIA
1. ULS accepts cases of those who have disabilities and who are residents of the District of Columbia and whose complaint falls within the aforementioned priorities.
While we recognize that every situation is important, please note that case acceptance is dependent upon available resources, including staff time. If your case is not accepted and you wish to file a grievance, please submit your grievance in writing to the Executive Director. Current clients may also submit a grievance to the Executive Director about the quality of ULS’ representation. A client may lodge an oral grievance with a ULS staff member who shall put the grievance in writing and submit it to the Executive Director. The Executive Director may be reached at:
Jane Brown, Executive Director
University Legal Services
220 I Street, N.E., Suite 130
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 547-0198 Phone
(202) 547-2662 Fax
(202) 547-2657 TTY
The Executive Director shall respond in writing within thirty (30) days of receipt of a grievance from any client or prospective client, or community member who has an interest in the operation of the protection and advocacy program.
A grievant may appeal the Executive Director’s decision to the ULS Board of Directors within ten (10) days of the written decision of the Executive Director. The decision of the ULS Board of Directors shall be final and not subject to further appeal or review. Client confidentiality shall be maintained.
The Executive Director shall report grievances to the Board of Directors annually.