In the Disability Law Clinic, students assist low-income individuals with disabilities on a range of issues, including social security/SSI, health insurance and special education. Students help clients obtain the services and supports they need to live in their own homes, rather than in institutional settings. The clinic gives students intensive exposure to administrative advocacy, while helping one of Detroit's most underrepresented populations.
Students in this clinic have helped homeless individuals with mental illness obtain the public benefits they need to secure safe, permanent housing. They have helped children with intellectual disabilities obtain private health insurance coverage for computerized speech-generating devices; children with autism obtain Medicaid funding for physical, occupational and speech therapy services; and children with emotional and behavioral disabilities obtain support they need to stay in regular classes at their neighborhood schools.
Credit hours: Six credits
Time commitment: 15 to 20 hours per week
For more information, contact Min Jian Huang, clinic programs manager and staff attorney, at (313) 577-8859 or firstname.lastname@example.org.