disAbility Law Center of Virginia Open House Wednesday, February 17th

Click here to view the February 3, 2016 legislative highlight

The disAbility Law Center of Virginia is holding an Open House Wednesday, February 17th between 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm.  Drop-in anytime during these hours and meet our staff and get a tour of our office.  Colleen Miller, our executive director, will be sharing information about the bills before the General Assembly that impact people with disabilities.  For further information, call Rick Hurley, Director of Community Engagement, at 804-662-7285 or email him at Rick.Hurley@dlcv.org.

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Lesson Never Learned: Lethal Restraint at Western State Hospital

A young woman with mental illness died while involuntarily committed to Western State Hospital. dLCV’s investigation revealed the facility subjected her to abusive restraint throughout the 26 days preceding her death. Read dLCV’s full investigative report,  Lesson Never Learned: Lethal Restraint at Western State Hospital. The report shines a light on the facility’s long history of dangerous seclusion and restraint practices and details the young woman’s final days in the state’s care. Read the report, the Commonwealth’s response, our press release and more.

Sometimes disability programs and rights can be hard to figure out.  Have you ever just wanted to ask some basic questions, and know that you are getting the correct answers?  Have you ever wanted to ask an expert?

Welcome to the dLCV’s new video series, “Ask the Expert.” We will feature a new video each month, with  answers to those questions from someone you can trust.

Today you can ask an expert about Advance Directives.  This is the first video in a six video series. It provides an introduction to advance directives to help you learn more about options for substitute decision making.

Watch and learn!  Share this information with friends, family colleagues, everyone!

In the coming months, we plan to cover a wide variety of topics about legal rights of people with disabilities. Let us know how you like it, and what questions you would like to “ask the expert.”

Join our mission to protect and advocate for people with disabilities in Virginia.

The disAbility Law Center helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. We also help people with disabilities obtain services and treatment. All callers receive help with these problems. Individuals with problems, targeted in our program goals, may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation.

The disAbility Law Center of Virginia’s mission is to advance independence, choice and self-determination; protect legal, human and civil rights; and eliminate abuse, neglect and discrimination of people with disabilities through zealous and uncompromising legal advocacy and representation.

If you have any questions please call 804-225-2042 or 800-552-3962 or email info@dLCV.org.