Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD)

Increasing access to our courts and community by providing free legal services to low-income people with physical disabilities and deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the five-county Philadelphia region.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation Grant Impact

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Legal Clinic for the Disabled share the belief that justice should be accessible to all members of the Philadelphia community. The unrestricted funding from the Bar Foundation's grant allows LCD to respond to urgent legal needs, as well as providing general operational support. Additionaly, receiving a grant from the Bar Foundation provides an important seal of approval within the legal community that enhances LCD's credibility when seeking out new volunteers and financial support from local law firms. 

Summary List of Programs and Services

LCD’s team of in-house attorneys and dedicated core of volunteer attorneys provide advice and advocacy, helping clients overcome legal obstacles that would otherwise affect their independence, health and quality of life. LCD offers direct legal services in community-based settings at Associated Services for the Blind and Inglis House, where people who need 24 hour attendant care live, conducting quarterly Community Legal Outreach Clinics with pro-bono volunteers. LCD serves clients through its five Medical Legal Partnerships (MLP) located at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, three nurse-managed health centers within Philadelphia’s Family Practice and Counseling Network, Hahnemann University Cancer Center and Project Home’s Stephen Klein Wellness Center. Attorneys are on-site at the MLP and work closely with the medical partner to identify health health-harming legal issues in order to intervene promptly to prevent a crisis situation. In addition to our MLP sites, LCD also conducts telephone intake one day a week.

Summary List of Priorities for Client Intake

Legal advice and representation for people with physical disabilities in the following areas: Consumer Protection; Advanced Planning Documents; Family Law; Domestic Violence; Housing; and Benefits.