Americans with Disabilities Act - ADA
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Guardianship is the legal relationship that is created when the court appoints a guardian for
an adult, 18 years or older, who has a disability and is not able to make or communicate safe
decisions about their own health and where they live.
People First Language – Being Respectful
People First Language is using language that is appropriate and respectful about an individual
with a disability. People First Language or Person First Language recognizes the person first, and not the disability.
Native American Disability Resources
Agencies that specifically serve the healthcare needs of Native Americans include Indian
Health Services (IHS), First Nations Community HealthSource, and tribal hospitals and clinics.
Free dental/orthodontic care is available on the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
(SIPI) campus. Find local IHS service units, including where the clinic or hospital is located and
services offered on the IHS website. Enter a zip code to find the nearest health care facilities.
The ABLE Act is a federal law that allows eligible people with disabilities to open an ABLE investment and savings account. ABLE accounts allow a person with a disability to save money without losing eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and other programs. Money in the account is used for qualified disability expenses.