Representing Clients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Featuring Ariel A. Simms, J.D.
During this webinar, we will discuss representing clients with intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD). Topics will include an overview of disability culture, how to identify potential disability, communication with people with disabilities, and the various pitfalls in the criminal justice system where those with I/DD in particular can get lost in the system. We will also provide an overview of attorney obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how attorneys can accommodate their clients with disabilities before, during, and after a trial or plea negotiation.
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NACDL Webcast: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
When: 1:00 - 2:00 pm EASTERN
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Ariel A. Simms, J.D. (Washington, DC)
Ariel Simms is the Criminal Justice Attorney Fellow for The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability (NCCJD). In this role, she advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who become entangled in the criminal justice system as victims, suspects, defendants, witnesses, or incarcerated persons. She completed her Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School and has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and French from Saginaw Valley State University. Prior to law school, Ariel spent two years working as a Mental Health Counselor on an inpatient psychiatric unit of a hospital. After that experience, Ariel decided to become a disability and human rights advocate, especially on behalf of those living with mental disabilities. Throughout and since her time at law school, Ariel worked on disability rights issues both in the United States and abroad, including in the realms of healthcare policy, human rights, and criminal justice. Ariel has a passion for social justice reform, especially in the realms of legal capacity, supported decision-making, mass incarceration, conditions of confinement, and policing. Ariel hopes to see the United States ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities during her career. To learn more about the (NCCJD), please visit: http://www.thearc.org/NCCJD
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