ERIC Number: ED193105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding the Law: An Advocate's Guide to the Law and Developmental Disabilities.
Taylor, Steven J.; Biklen, Douglas
This handbook, designed for advocates for disabled persons, focuses on understanding and researching the law. It is presented in seven chapters. Following the introduction (Chapter I), Chapter II provides a glossary of legal terms. The authors point out that in order for the law to serve as a tool for change, its language must be understood by those who advocate for change. Chapter III explains the system and interrelationships of laws at federal, state, and local levels. The four sources of law--constitutions, statutes, court decisions, and administrative regulations--are also discussed. Chapter IV provides an overview of the litigation process, specifically, what litigation is, who litigates, how, and where. Chapter V describes how to research the law. The intricacies of law libraries and indices and digests of laws are discussed. Chapter VI illustrates how to build a case on behalf of a client or constituency. An example based on an actual case is provided. Chapter VII addresses methods for systemic change and community organizing. Concepts discussed include power, reasons for inaction, and change strategies. The document concludes with a brief bibliography. (KC)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Civil Rights, Community Involvement, Court Litigation, Definitions, Disabilities, Federal Legislation, Laws, Lobbying, Local Legislation, Research Skills, State Legislation
DD Rights Center of Mental Health Law Project, 216 Ostrom Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210 ($3.25 plus $1.00 for shipping)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Human Development (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Developmental Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse, NY.