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           The following information is provided to acquaint you with one of the most important pieces of legislation concerning brain injury. It is  the TBI legislation, and the TBI Act (Public Law 104-166) and it can be found at  http://thomas.loc.gov. Click on Public Laws By Law Number 93rd -107th. Then click on Select Congress: "104," scroll down and click on House Bills.  Thomas.loc is the web site for Congress including the Congressional Budget Office and General Accounting Office, etc.  The site, http://thomas.loc.gov, was named after Thomas Jefferson.  The "loc"  stands for Library of Congress, so there's a lot of good stuff available  on it.  Pulling down the Committee Report to the Act (from the 104th Congress) is useful for gaining insights into Congress' intentions for the law.


        Additional links below will guide you to similar resources and services.
Americans With Disabilities
 
National Network of ADA Centers is pleased to announce the release of the new edition of the Disability Law Handbook. Free copies may be downloaded at url: http://www.southwestada.org/html/publications/dlh/index.htm
 
Access ADA - Sponsored by the ARC -- A non-profit advocacy, organization active in educating and assisting consumers, businesses, employers, local / state government and the general public understand and comply with the ADA -- url: http://TheArc.org/
 
ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities, (ADAAG) -- contains scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to buildings and facilities by individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. url: http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm 
 
 
Disabilityclaims.com -- Created as a resource for disability legal issues it attempts to address the legal concerns of disabled individuals.It also provides many common sense doís and doníts in the disability benefit application process. email: http://www.disabilityclaims.com/ - url: riemer@tiac.net 
Disability Law : ABA (American Bar Assoc.) Searchable data base of  Disability Lawyers - url: http://www.abanet.org/disability/home.html
 
Disability Law Center of Alaska - Protection and Advocacy System for Alaska - 3330 Arctic Blvd, Ste 103, Anchorage, AK 99503 -- Phone: 800-478-1234 (#not available from some locations) -- url: http://www.dlcak.org/ -- email: akpa@dlcak.org
GovBenefits.gov, A free, one-stop, official government benefits website that helps you find government benefits you may be eligible to receive. url:http://www.govbenefits.gov/
 
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) - A library and information center on disability and rehabilitation -- url: http://www.naric.com
 
U.S. Department of Justice ADA information --  url: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm 800-514-0301 (voice) 800-514-0383 (TDD)
 
U.S. Department of Justice ADA Enforcement  Through lawsuits and settlement agreements, the Department of Justice has achieved greater access for individuals with disabilities in hundreds of cases. Under general rules governing lawsuits brought by the Federal government, the Department of Justice may not sue a party unless negotiations to settle the dispute have failed. url: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/enforce.htm
 
U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division -- url: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/crt-home.html
 
Evan Terry Architects - Authors of the ADA Facilities Compliance Workbook - url: http://www.evanterry.com
 
Protection and Advocacy Systems -- An association that represents federally mandated programs that protect the rights of persons with disabilities. url: http://www.protectionandadvocacy.com/
 
Supreme Court Cases -- involving the ADA -- 
url: http://www.law.cornell.edu/syllabi?Americans+with+Disabilities+Act
 
U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board --  http://www.access-board.gov/
 
United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) -- url: http://www.eeoc.gov/
 
U.S. Department of Transportation -- url: http://www.dot.gov/

Traumatic Brain Injury Legislation
TBI legislation, and the TBI Act (Public Law 104-166) can be found at  http://thomas.loc.gov. Click on Public Laws By Law Number 93rd -107th. Then click on Select Congress: "104," scroll down and click on House Bills.  Thomas.loc is the web site for Congress including the Congressional Budget Office and General Accounting Office, etc.  The site, http://thomas.loc.gov, was named after Thomas Jefferson.  The "loc"  stands for Library of Congress, so there's a lot of good stuff available  on it.  Pulling down the Committee Report to the Act (from the 104th Congress) is useful for gaining insights into Congress' intentions for the law.
National Institutes of Health TBI Rehab Report
National Institutes of Health -- Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Consensus Statement, October 1998. Print from the Internet, or request your free copy by toll-free telephone  Out Of Print.

Disability Income
Social Security Disability Income  The social security program is run by the United States government and is the program that provides benefits to those who are unable to work due to  mental or physical problems. Survivors of  brain injury, might  be entitled to social security benefits. 1-800-772-1213 TTY" number, 1-800-325-0778,url: http://www.ssa.gov.
Social Security Advocacy Project, Assist with denials arising from claims for Social Security benefits.1820 E. Pine, Ste 200, Seattle, WA 98122 - Telephone: 206 686-7252; e-mail: seattlecommlaw@mindspring.com
GovBenefits.gov, A free, one-stop, official government benefits website that helps you find government benefits you may be eligible to receive. url:http://www.govbenefits.gov/
TBI Support Fund - Founded in 1995 provides financial and emotional support to needy TBI survivorsGiving limited to New Hampshire residents. email: info@braininjurysupport.org - 
url: http://www.braininjurysupport.org.

 
Disabilityclaims.com -- Created as a resource for disability legal issues it attempts to address the legal concerns of disabled individuals. It also provides many common sense doís and don'ts
url: http://www.disabilityclaims.com/ 
How to Make Insurance Companies Pay Your Claims and What to Do If They Don't - by William M. Shernoff, Ralph Nader, Ruth Chew -- Step-by-step guidance in making a claim and collecting from the insurance companies that refuse to pay legitimate claims.
The Medicine Program - Provides free Medicine to those who qualify. Established by volunteers dedicated to alleviating the plight of an ever increasing number of patients who cannot afford their prescription medication. Find url: http://www.themedicineprogram.com
The Secrets to Getting Disability Benefits -- by Sherri Silesky. How to Survive Emotionally and Financially when Injury or Illness Threatens your Livelihood. Nothing can be more frightening than dealing with ill health, while at the same time, trying to figure out how you will survive financially in your new situation. 
url: http://www.secrets-to-getting-disability-benefits.com/
WorldAdvocacy.com - designed to be the world's number one advocacy site and resource on the internet.

Gaining Access to Assistive Technology
       Many people experience considerable difficulties when trying to obtain needed Assistive Technology devices and services through systems such as Medicaid, insurance, special education and vocational rehabilitation (VR). Telephone: 800-214-8731
1.  A school may not provide services agreed upon in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) in a timely manner. 
2.  Medical insurance may refuse to fund AT even though policy / regulations require coverage of equipment or services.
3.  Medicaid may deny full payment for individuals with dual insurance eligibility, or may deny payment for customized devices. 
4.  Individuals living in nursing homes may not receive adequate AT services to address their independent living, mobility and communication needs as required by state regulations. 
5.  Vocational Rehab may not provide timely AT services resulting in lost job opportunities due to a lack of assessment and planning, a lack of service providers, or a lengthy procurement process.
   WATAP can connect individuals with resources who provide consultation, advocacy, and legal representation for these and other Assistive Technology issues. 

Additional Law Links
American Bar Association -- url: http://www.abanet.org/
American Association for Justiceial  --  url: http://www.justice.org
The Better Business Bureau -- url: http://www.bbb.org
Canadian Legal Resources -- url: http://www.gahtan.com/cdnlaw/
Catholic Community Services provides free legal services.- Telephone: 206-324-6890. url:http://www.ccsww.org
Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy  A project of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego -- Telephone: 619-471-2620 - Toll Free:  877-734-3258 
Cornell University Legal Information Institute -- url: http://www.law.cornell.edu/
Disabilityclaims.com -- Created as a resource for disability legal issues it attempts to address the legal concerns of disabled individuals.It also provides many common sense doís and doníts in the disability benefit application process. Telephone: 212-297-0700; Fax: 212-297-0730 -
email: http://www.disabilityclaims.com/ - url: riemer@tiac.net 
Disability Resource Library - Comprehensive collection of disability related documents and links provides a single, categorized, indexed, and fully searchable source for professionals who need quick and easy access to major disability laws and guidance. url: http://dndpress.com/
Law Offices of Herbert Hafif, Brain injury law experts Toll-Free:800-920-4TBI - url: http://www.hafif.com/
Law and Economics -- Stanford University Law School -- url: http://www.stanford.edu/group/law/library
Legal Clinic for the Disabled - (Rehab Institute of Chicago) provides pro bono legal assistance to people with disabilities. 701 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Il, Telephone: 312-908-4463;url: http://www.rehabchicago.org/ 
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator -- url:  http://lawyers.martindale.com/marhub
Nolo.com Law Dictionary -- url: http://www.nolo.com:80/dictionary/wordindex.cfm?t=0030TOOLS03202000
The Northwest Justice Project has offices statewide which provide legal representation for free or on a sliding scale. For more information, contact the Seattle office at (206) 464-1519.
The People's Law School is a service of the WA State Trial Lawyers Assoc. It even has its own web site, http://www.consumerrights.net and cable TV Program, on channels 76 and 29. Additionally individuals may sign up for classes at Pierce College each April and May.  The class runs three hours a night for six weeks and cost $25; scholarships are available. Telephone: 206-464-1011. 
Personal Injury Law Glossary -- url: http://www.headinjury.com/lawglossary.htm
Personal Injury Law - Resource Locator -- url: http://www.headinjury.com/lawyrfnd.htm
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse -- url: http://www.privacyrights.org
The Secrets to Getting Disability Benefits -- by Sherri Silesky. How to Survive Emotionally and Financially when Injury or Illness Threatens your Livelihood. Nothing can be more frightening than dealing with ill health, while at the same time, trying to figure out how you will survive financially in your new situation. 
url: http://www.secrets-to-getting-disability-benefits.com/
TBI Law - A Few Good Lawyers - url: http://www.headinjury.com/legalserv.htm
US Code Page -- url: http://uscode.house.gov/
US Federal Courts -- url: http://www.uscourts.gov/
US House of Representatives Internet Law Library -- url: http://www.house.gov/
US Supreme Court Decisions -- url: http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/index.html
West Publishing Company -- url: http://www.westpub.com/
WorldAdvocacy.com - designed to be the world's number one advocacy site and resource on the internet.
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