Brain Injury

Disability Rights Maine's Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury program is a federally funded initiative.  DRM works to protect and enforce the rights of people with brain injuries and to improve access to health, employment, education, and other services for people with brain injury in Maine.  

 Resources

DOJ Guidance

In December 2017, the US Dept. of Justice rescinded 25 guidance documents.  Shortly thereafter, the New York Times archived these documents and made them available on the cloud. 

Below is the list of documents that are available for viewing by clicking the link below:

  1. ATF Procedure 75-4. 
  2. Industry Circular 75-10. 
  3. ATF Ruling 85-3. 
  4. Industry Circular 85-3. 
  5. ATF Ruling 2001-1. 
  6. ATF Ruling 2004-1.
  7. Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative Guidelines (2013).  
  8. Northern Border Prosecution Initiative Guidelines (2013).  
  9. Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants Program Guidance Manual (2007). 
  10. Advisory for Recipients of Financial Assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice on Levying Fines and Fees on Juveniles (January 2017). 
  11. Dear Colleague Letter on Enforcement of Fines and Fees (March 2016). 
  12. ADA Myths and Facts (1995).
  13. Common ADA Problems at Newly Constructed Lodging Facilities (November 1999).
  14. Title II Highlights (last updated 2008).
  15. Title III Highlights (last updated 2008).
  16. Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals in Places of Business (July 1996).
  17. ADA Business Brief: Service Animals (April 2002). 
  18. Prior Joint Statement of the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Group Homes, Local Land Use, and the Fair Housing Act (August 18, 1999). 
  19. Letter to Alain Baudry, Esq., with standards for conducting internal audit in a non-discriminatory fashion (December 4, 2009). 
  20. Letter to Esmeralda Zendejas on how to determine whether lawful permanent residents are protected against citizenship status discrimination (May 30, 2012). 
  21. Common ADA Errors and Omissions in New Construction and Alterations (June 1997). 
  22. Common Questions: Readily Achievable Barrier Removal and Design Details: Van Accessible Parking Spaces (August 1996). 
  23. Website guidance on bailing-out procedures under section 4(b) and section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (2004).  
  24. Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers (May 2002).
  25. Statement of the Department of Justice on Application of the Integration Mandate of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead v. L.C. to State and Local Governments' Employment Service Systems for Individuals with Disabilities (October 31, 2016).


New York Times, December 2017

Brain Injury Association of America, Maine Chapter

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1980. BIAA's mission is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. BIAA established its Maine Chapter in 2013 to address the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families who live in Maine.

The BIAA - Maine Chapter works to increase awareness of brain injury, provide information, resources and support, and advocate for prevention and improved funding and services across Maine.

For more information, visit the BIAA - Maine Chapter website: http://www.biausa.org/Maine

A Basic Guide to Self-Advocacy

This manual is intended to provide a simple yet informative overview of how to be a self-advocate. This manual is not a substitute for legal advice. If you have specific questions or need assistance with a particular issue, please contact Disability Rights Maine.