Advocating for the Disabled
The Cambridge law firm of Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry is deeply committed to disability law and advocacy. We work with families of individuals with disabilities, seeking services and accommodations on their behalf. Our attorneys have extensive experience in state and federal courts and before all relevant regulatory agencies and boards. We are dedicated to protecting the rights guaranteed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Fair Housing Act of 1968 (FHA); and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Our attorneys have prevailed in landmark cases involving the rights of disabled students. For example, attorneys William Hunt and William Ahern created new law in Guckenberger v. Boston University by tackling head-on the delicate balance between the rights of students and the freedom of private universities to regulate themselves. This case is frequently cited in legal journals, discussions of academic policy, articles on developmental disorders and works dealing with the rights of the disabled in higher education.
As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the accessibility of public buildings and spaces in Massachusetts, the firm works tirelessly to ensure equal access to all citizens of the Commonwealth. As just one example, the firm settled an action against the Commonwealth and Plymouth County to bring that county's courthouse facilities into compliance with the ADA and other related statutes. In another case, we advocated for a disabled high school student unable to get into her public school classroom. This particular student went on to win a Bronze Medal for the USA at the Paralympic Games in Beijing. CHA&E stands proud of cases such as these, exemplifying our efforts to secure the rights of the disabled seeking equal access to public places.
Our lawyers handle disputes under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), where individuals with disabilities are being denied the right to reside in a desired community. We have developed public/private partnerships that created new models of housing and programming for adults with disabilities.
In addition to these areas of focus, our firm undertakes all other matters involving persons with disabilities such as petitions to administer psychotropic medication, probate hearings, child abuse investigations and providers of K-12 educational services. Because our firm handles many high-profile cases, we are well known in the disability community for our commitment and dedication to equal rights for people with mental and physical disabilities. CHA&E is honored to have received awards from the LD Access Foundation and Recording For The Blind for our work in Guckenberger v. Boston University.
To schedule an appointment with our Boston disability law attorneys, call toll free at 800-483-2172 or send us an e-mail.