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Trying to Explain MCS/EI?. . . to my lawyer
 
Disability Information

Disability Defined by ADA. The Personnel File: Commentary on Personnel Law Issues of Interest to Law Enforcement Managers Gregory B. Rodgers, Agency Legal Specialist, North Carolina Justice Academy, Volume 2 Number 5, July 1999 Corrective or mitigating measures must be taken into account when judging whether a person is substantially limited in a major life activity nad thus disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act. See Disability as defined by the ADA. "The Americans with Disabilities Act (the "ADA") prohibits discrimination by covered entities against qualified individuals with a disability. For purposes of the ADA, disability includes 'a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual.' " www.jus.state.nc.us/NCJA/sutton.htm

Federal Consumer Information Center. Read online or order information about Federal programs: Americans with Disabilities Act, Social Security Benefits, etc. www.pueblo.gsa.gov
 
Consultant to the Chemically and Electrically Sensitive for Access. Works with individuals and public entities toward improving access to housing, medical care, benefits, the workplace, education and to develop self-defense strategies for MCS/ES. E-mail Susan Molloy: susanm@cybertrails.com

CyberCIL of Arizona. The mission of CyberCil of Arizona is to provide innovative, meaningful assistance in accordance with the principles and philosophy of independent living to, and on behalf of, Arizonans with disabilities so that they may attain or continue an independent lifestyle. cybercil.com

Disability Policy. Robert "Bobby" SIilverstein, Director of the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) in Washington, D.C. and former staff director and chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin, has developed a new disability policy website. www.disabilitypolicycenter.org.
Bobby has also developed comprehensive training materials on how to become effective disability policy advocates. These materials are on a CD-Rom and include PowerPoint overheads and handouts, memos, a published article on disability policy, and comprehensive guides. The order form for the training materials is located on the aforementioned website.

Disability and Returning toWork. GRIFFIN-HAMMIS ASSOCIATES, LLC, Creating Communities of Economic Cooperation. UPDATE F0R 2002 - SSA Considerations for Small Business Owners with Disabilities manual. This booklet (MS Word Format) is intended to introduce basic self-employment and Social Security considerations while developing a small business with someone with a disability receiving SSI and/or SSDI. www.griffinhammis.com

Disability and Fragrance in the Workplace. "The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an administrative decision . . . that upholds MCS as a disability and states that a fragrance free workplace is not an accommodation that can be simply dismissed as unreasonable." Our Toxic Times, Volume 12, Number 5 Issue Number 131, May 2001. Chemical Injury Information Network Newsletter. www.ciin.org

Disability, Returning to School and Student Loans
Mary Kempf. MCS shares experience gained from returning to school. What legal advice helped her with her difficulties getting student loans dismissed based on permanent and total disability.

Martindale Hubbell. Lawyer directory. www.lawyers.com/index.php

National Organization of  Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
19 E. Central Ave.
Pearl River, NY  10965
(800) 431-2804
 
National Council of Disability
800 Independence Ave SW #814
Washington, DC  20591
(202) 272-2004
 
Benefit Team Services, Inc.
PO Box 28190
Kansas City MO 64188-8190
(816) 436-8326
Toll Free (888) 836-4052
 
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
1717 Massachusetts Ave NW #800
Washington, DC  20036
(202) 797-8600
 
EMF, Electromagnetic Field
Cell Tower Restrictions. New York State decision upholding restrictive covenants whose intention was clearly to preserve the residential character of the neighborhood by limiting the area to residential use, which limitation is reasonable. The complete decision is found at: www.law.cornell.edu/ny/ctap/I04_0022.htm

Electromagnetic Radiation Policy Institute, EMR. Advancing Sound Public Policy on the Use of Electromagnetic Radiation. This page provides papers that review case law dealing with exposure to EMR, siting of personal wireless services facilities under the U.S. Telecommuncations Act of 1996, siting of broadcast facilities, etc. Postings are arranged alphabetically by author. P.O. Box 117, Marshfield VT 05658 Phone: (802) 426-3035 FAX: (802) 426-3030. www.emrpolicy.org/litigation/forum/index.htm

 
Social Security Disability
Book
Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants:Managing Your Application for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, Fifth Edition, Douglas M. Smith, Attorney at Law. Physicians' Disability Services, Inc., 2001 This valuable workbook answers such questions as: What is Social Security Disability Insurance? How do I prove disability? How do I appeal when benefits are denied? How do I get and organize evidence? How do I monitor my case? How do I respond to continuing disability reviews? Includes worksheets, charts, frequently asked questions, and more. 140 pages, softcover. $19.95 plus $4.50 shipping/handling. Send check/money order to: Physicians' Disability Services, Inc., P.O. Box 827, Arnold, MD 21012. phone: 410/431-5279.
 
Newsletter
PdS Disability Facts and Social Security Trends, Doug Smith. A quarterly newsletter designed to keep you abreast of changes in the laws, regulations, and policies related to Social Security Disability. Published in newsletter format, it offers insights on proving disability, exploring income-increasing opportunities without losing your benefits, and much more. $19.95/year. Send check/money order to: Physicians' Disability Services, Inc., P.O. Box 827, Arnold, MD 21012. Phone: 410/431-5279.
 
Articles
On-line Social Security Disability Information. Winning Your Social Security Disability Claim: 15 Mistakes You Can Not Afford to Make! Scott E. Davis, Esq. and Scott M. Harris, Esq. Articles on how to apply and receive Social Security Disability benefits. See their whole list of helpful articles here. www.scottdavispc.com/articles/list

Social Security Disability vs. Americans with Disabilities Act Litigation. Supreme Court Hands Down Cleveland Decision. Washington, DC, May 24, 1999. -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that workers with disabilities who apply for Social Security disability benefits are not automatically barred from filing a lawsuit alleging discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as lower court had ruled in the case of Carolyn Cleveland. The Center for an Accessible Society. Disability Issues Information for Journalists. www.accessiblesociety.org/topics/ada/clevelandoverview.htm

Toxlaw.com Legal research bookmarks, government databases, networking. www.toxlaw.com

See also "Disability, Returning to School and Student Loans." One MCS's experience.

Legal Referrals for Chemical Injury
Alexander, Hawes & Audet: Personal Injury Cases
Alexander Hawes & Audet, LLP, an AV-rated trial firm based in San Jose, California, with affiliated offices in San Francisco and New York, has concentrated its practice on the prosecution of complex Personal Injury and Class Action cases. Also environmental and employment cases. The Firm and its members serve as Court-appointed Counsel in federal and state cases throughout the United States, and are currently involved in complex cases pending in California, Alabama, Missouri, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Louisiana, New Mexico, Maine, Tennessee, Texas, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida and other states. The Firm has been dedicated to quality representation of its clients and prides itself on aggressive advocacy of its clients' claims. www.alexanderlaw.com/cases.html

Editor's Note: Amanda Hawes referred me to an effective and honest lawyer in my area. I received a Workman's Compensation settlement from a chemical injury sustained over a 15 year period at several different workplaces.

The Association of Civil Litigants. Non-profit. 512-345-5584, Elizabeth Flynn, Director, or Ali Ahmed, adamlvusa@yahoo.com

Legal Assistance in Arizona. Legal aid organizations announce the launch of a statewide website to help low-income individuals in Arizona find legal assistance. AZLawHelp.org helps users find legal aid organizations closest to where they live. The website has articles, forms, and links to information about civil legal issues. Legal information is provided on the following topics: Health and Disability, Medicare; Housing, Public Benefits, Work, Your Money, and Your Rights.

AZLawHelp.org is a free site designed to help users find legal aid organizations near where they live. Articles and resource documents are available in an easy-to-read format, or as detailed information for people who wish to help themselves in the legal process.  There is also advanced legal information and articles to assist attorneys and legal advocates. Spanish language translations are being added on a regular basis with a full Spanish language version of the site expected to launch later in the year.

People who can't afford an attorney or want to help themselves with a civil legal issue can find information anonymously through the statewide website. People who don't have a computer can connect to the Internet through local libraries, friends, family, and places of employment. Busy legal aid advocates will find quick access to relevant documents when assisting clients. www.azlawhelp.org

Martindale Hubbell. Lawyer directory. www.lawyers.com/index.php

National Organization of  Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
19 E. Central Ave.
Pearl River, NY  10965
(800) 431-2804
 
National Council of Disability
800 Independence Ave SW #814
Washington, DC  20591
(202) 272-2004
 
Benefit Team Services, Inc.
PO Box 28190
Kansas City MO 64188-8190
(816) 436-8326
Toll Free (888) 836-4052
 
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
1717 Massachusetts Ave NW #800
Washington, DC  20036
(202) 797-8600

Toxlaw.com Legal research bookmarks, government databases, networking. www.toxlaw.com

Arizona State Lawyers
List provided by CIIN www.ciin.org
 
Susan Lovitch
10745 E Hope Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
 
Joel B. Robbins
Robbins, Shumway & Foreman
649 N. 4th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 256-7374
 
Sharon G. Slikfo
Treon, Strick, Lucia & Aquirre
2700 N Central Ave #1400
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1133
(602) 285-4400
 
Etta L. Wilborn, P.C.
100 N Stone Ave. #807
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-9375
 
Trying to Explain MCS/EI?. . . to my lawyer
Chemically Sensitive Living.
www.chemsenlvng.com/disability.html#services_lawyer
 
Chemical Injury Information Network. Litigation or Proof of Disability. If you are collecting this evidence to prove injury for litigation or disability, you will need other testing. Information provided by Cynthia Wilson. (5-23-01) See also "What to Do if You Suspect . . ."

Chemical Injury Information Network. Phone: 406-547-2255. For the recently chemically injured, see the "Library" page. www.ciin.org