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What NCCJD® Does:


NCCJD is a national center dedicated to pursuing systemic reform at the intersection of criminal justice and disability, with a focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities. Depending on available resources, NCCJD also tries to help in individual cases involving:

  • A person with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD);
  • Criminal charges or a criminal justice issue and
  • A request for services or information about accommodations in the criminal justice system.


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What NCCJD® Does Not Do:


Due to limited resources and staff, we cannot always provide extensive information or services to individual clients. We are not prosecutors or public defenders. We are not civil legal service providers. We cannot provide legal advice or direct assistance in the following areas:

  • Civil legal matters (e.g., divorce, child custody, disability benefits, housing, etc.)
  • Civil commitment or guardianship proceedings (without criminal involvement)
  • Veterans' issues (e.g., veterans' benefits, health care, general legal services for veterans)

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General Referral Information


Local Chapters of The Arc:

The Arc has over 650 state and local chapters that may be able to assist on matters involving a person with an I/DD. Chapters do not all provide the same services, so contact your local chapter to find out if they may be able to assist in your unique situation.

Protection and Advocacy Agencies:

For legal assistance on a disability-related issue, you can seek assistance from your local Protection and Advocacy agency, a federally-funded organization available in all states to persons with disabilities.


Legal Aid Programs:

Civil Legal Aid programs offer general legal assistance and services related to a variety of issues, including housing, family law, military matters, employment, and consumer law. Legal aid programs may differ in every state, so contact your local program to find out if they may be able to assist in your unique situation.


State Bar Associations:

State bar associations often have an attorney-referral list or program to connect people to attorneys with appropriate expertise. In some states, people can request an attorney who is willing to work pro bono or for a limited fee.


For additional resources on criminal justice and I/DD, check out NCCJD’s publications, archived webinars, and online resource database.




Please note, the information and resources featured on this website are provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.