Across the United States, persons with cognitive and communication disabilities are routinely denied their due process rights in all aspects of the American legal system. Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, this denial has been compounded by the failure of the legal system to provide communication/comprehension accommodation for persons with cognitive and communication disabilities.
Having provided criminal justice advocacy to individuals for over 25 years, the Association for Community Advocacy (ACA) remains committed to changing the tide of this reality. With funding from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, ACA has produced Equal Justice: A Self-Advocapy Workbook as one of a growing number of grassroots efforts to address this unconscionable denial of rights.
'As perfectly put by Kansas People First.
Equal Justice: A Self-Advocacy Workbook
Equal Justice is a curriculum that serves as a primer for persons with cognitive and communication disabilities and their friends, family members, staff persons and other professionals. Section One takes the reader through the stages of the criminal justice process and seeks to equip each person with necessary tools to stay out of or successfully negotiate through the criminal justice system.
Equal Justice describes the stages of the criminal justice system, chapter by chapter. Each chapter details a particular stage in the criminal justice process and discusses strategies that persons with disabilities can use to advocate for their legal rights. Each chapter has been designed to "stand-alone" so that Equal Justice can be used in many ways.
Resources contains relevant books, articles, internet sources, trainers and advocates who are committed to protecting the rights of people involved with the criminal justice system.
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Written by: Melissa King,
Attorney-at-Law, King Law Offices; Karen Wolf-Branigin,
Wayne State University, Developmental Disabilities
Institute; Rachel Pinsky Law Graduate,
Wayne State University; Robert Lasker, Belinda Land, Vendalia
Collins, Cheryle Trommater, Marsha Katz,