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Legal Aid’s Medical-Legal Partnership Ensures Stability for Family

Legal Aid partners with MetroHealth Medical Center through the Community Advocacy Program (CAP), providing on-site legal services to low-income individuals seeking medical treatment. The Legal Aid and MetroHealth partnership, now in its tenth year, ensures healthy communities are developed beyond the medical examining room. Susan Warner was referred to Legal Aid through CAP after failing to obtain disability benefits for her 5-year-old daughter, Ashley. Ashley was very successful academically in her kindergarten class, but then had a debilitating seizure that caused significant development delays. She repeated kindergarten twice and attends school with a nurse because of her medical condition. With Legal Aid’s assistance, Ms. Warner received a back payment of disability benefits and regular monthly SSI benefits. Ashley’s epilepsy is controlled through medication and the additional government benefits will allow for additional assistance for continued success including regular counseling and speech therapy.

A Brighter Future with a Better Education

Maintaining and preserving access to education is important to Legal Aid’s practice. Education empowers individuals with the hope of breaking the vicious cycles of poverty. Children with special needs face additional barriers to education as they must show their needs require special accommodations for the best education possible.

Kim Parker, a frustrated mother to an adopted 5-year-old boy, came to Legal Aid when her son’s school refused to address his disability, despite psychiatric opinions that he needed special services. The school refused to acknowledge his needs and expelled him for “behavioral problems.” Legal Aid attorneys worked diligently to get Parker’s son back in school with the services he needed. Parker’s son now attends a Positive Education Program school and mother and son are both happy with their new circumstances.


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