WASHINGTON – Rep. Ben Ray Luján recently announced a grant of $20,000 for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries Program at the Native American Disability Law Center. The Native American Disability Law Center has offices in Farmington and Gallup. This funding will go toward finding services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, including services for veterans who have served our country.
“The Native American Disabilities Law Center provides valuable services for their community – from assisting individuals with traumatic brain injuries to providing resource guides to individuals who may qualify for social security,” Luján said. “This grant will continue to assist the law center in its efforts to support and advocate for Native Americans suffering from traumatic brain injuries who need help navigating the legal system and finding services that will meet their needs.”
The center provides free legal assistance, educational resources and advocacy for Native Americans with disabilities in the Four Corners region. The center works with the National Disabilities Rights System to advocate for the civil rights of those with disabilities. It is unique in serving individuals across state lines and was set up to do so by the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe. Through their advocacy, the law center has assisted in more than 100 individual cases and has reached out to hundreds more on special education and the various needs of individuals with disabilities.