Legal Tools

Quality Trust’s Legal Advocacy team works with people to help them get the supports and services they need to live full and meaningful lives in the places and ways they choose.  Our works includes:

      • Helping people in cases seeking eligibility and access to Vocational Rehabilitation Special Education, alternatives to guardianship, Developmental Disabilities Administration services, Social Security, Medicaid, and end-of-life planning.
  • Advocating for changes to laws, regulations, policies and practices to make sure they respect and protect the rights of people with disabilities. 
  • Providing education, training and support on topics including education, employment, public benefits, finances, guardianship and alternative decision-making support and end-of-life planning.
  • Working with Quality Trust’s Jenny Hatch Justice Project, a legal, policy and research center dedicated to protect the right of people with disabilities to make their own decisions, as free as possible from any restriction or limitation of these individual rights as citizens. 

Our work has been covered by the Washington Post, CBS News, People Magazine, the Huffington Post, MSNBC and numerous other outlets.

Roosevelt’s story

Roosevelt is an adult with developmental disabilities who we helped gain control over his life. He had a guardian who physically abused him and did not let him do what he wanted to do or see who he wanted to see.  Roosevelt wanted to make his own decisions and live without a guardian.  He asked Quality Trust to help him.  

Roosevelt told us that he only needs help with complicated medical decisions.  We helped him identify a friend who was willing to be his medical power of attorney and drafted a Power of Attorney form for him.

After Roosevelt signed the Power of Attorney, we represented him in court to remove his guardian.  The Court agreed with Roosevelt and us that he did not need a guardian.  Today Roosevelt makes his own decisions about things like where he lives, what he does, and how he spends his money.

To learn more about our legal services and supports or to volunteer, email Morgan Whitlatch or call 202-459-4004 (direct).

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