The DD Act funds a protection and advocacy system (P&A) in every state. The role of P&A is to empower, protect, and advocate for people with developmental disabilities. P & As improve the quality of life of people with developmental disabilities by investigating cases of abuse, neglect and discrimination based on a disability. The National Disability Rights Network is the national association for government P&A systems.
The Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center (NDALC) serves as the P&A in Nevada and is a private, statewide, nonprofit organization. The mission of NDALC is:
- Protect and advocate the human rights and legal rights, interests, and welfare of Nevadans with disabilities.
- Encourage, assist and assist Nevadans with disabilities in understanding and controlling the systems and processes that directly affect their lives.
- Promote the development, availability, and accessibility of services that enable Nevadans with disabilities to live their lives as fully, independently, and productively as possible.
The services offered by NDALC include, but are not limited to, information and referral services, education, training, negotiation, mediation, investigation of reported or suspected abuse / neglect, legal advice, technical assistance and political work. NDALC has offices in Las Vegas, Reno / Sparks and Elko, whose services are provided nationwide. All services are offered free of charge to eligible persons according to the available resources and service priorities from NDALC.