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Legal Aid of Nebraska Opens Hotline 5/5/16  05/04/16 10:44:59 PM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

Legal Aid of Nebraska Opens Hotline to Provide Free Legal
Assistance to Kids, Parents and Families Affected by Autism

According to the Autism Action Partnership, autism affects approximately one percent of children ages three to 18 in Nebraska.  These individuals and their families often run into problems and barriers to leading full and productive lives.  These issues happen all the time, particularly for low-income families – landlords sometimes misunderstand these families, schools refuse to help with education programs, social service agencies do not provide benefits, child welfare officials and law enforcement may see neglect rather than parents fighting for their kids.
Legal Aid of Nebraska received a generous grant from the Autism Action Partnership in Omaha to provide free legal advice and assistance to these individuals with autism and families assisting a relative who has autism. The project will be led through Legal Aid’s Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP) with assistance from the University Of Nebraska Medical Center Munroe-Meyer Institute, and the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.
“Legal Aid is very pleased to have this new relationship with the Autism Action Partnership, as this new hotline and legal program puts Legal Aid’s resources to work for these families throughout Omaha and Nebraska,” said Milo Mumgaard, executive director of Legal Aid.  “Legal Aid’s work with health care providers and clients through our medical-legal partnership is also very well-suited for this program.  We are able to work directly with the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center to identify families struggling with these barriers and challenges.”
Access to this legal help can now be found through Legal Aid’s Autism Legal Hotline. Through this statewide project, individuals and families anywhere in the state who qualify for help may call the toll free Autism Legal Hotline at 1-844-535-3533. The hotline is open between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday.
After contacting the Hotline, Legal Aid lawyers and staff will follow up and provide a range of legal services to break down these legal challenges and barriers.  Though not everyone will qualify for assistance, the kind of legal issues Legal Aid can help with are considerable.  These include helping with legal issues stemming from education, seeking social security or health care benefits, resolving landlord problems and evictions, dealing with debts, firming up guardianships, or simply getting agencies to listen and respond
 
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