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- What does Priority for the Disabled do?
- What is our Mission?
- Why do we advocate for people with disabilities?
- What disabilities does our organization represent?
- Why are we passionate about giving our time?
- How can I get involved?
- I am an attorney, what can I do?
- Is my donation tax-deductible?
- Why do we need your support?
- When I donate, how is my money used?
- What is the criteria to be considered a disabled person?
- What is a Legacy?
- How do I give through my estate?
- Can I make a recurring payment?
- Does my state offer disability insurance?
By advocating on behalf of people with disabilities through litigation, various legal advocacy strategies, and structured negotiations, we reform systems and practices that discriminate against people with disabilities.
Our mission is to advance equal rights for people with all types of disabilities from all walks of life so that disabled never means disadvantaged.
Why do we advocate for people with disabilities?
We work toward fairness and justice for people with disabilities because all people should be enabled and empowered to be contributing members of society. Each and every American should be allowed to participate in everyday life.
What disabilities does our organization represent?
Priority for the Disabled represents people with all types of disabilities whose civil rights have been violated. We represent people living with the full spectrum of disabilities, including mobility, sensory, cognitive, and psychiatric.
Why are we passionate about giving our time?
We envision an inclusive, diverse world where people with disabilities enjoy equal rights and opportunities and are free from discrimination. We find passion in using our talents to promote fair treatment, equality, and in the pursuit of justice to this end. We consider ourselves blessed to be called to serve our community.
We are always looking for people like you interested in getting involved and are here to greet you with open arms! First, connect with our social community and subscribe to our newsletter. We invite you to attend our programs and events, and volunteer with us. The very best ways to get involved are to: 1) Volunteer your time and skillsets and; 2) Donate. Our volunteers and supporters power our organization, and our greatest pleasure is lifting others up with our community family.
Each year the Florida Bar asks us to verify that we have complied with Rule 4-6.1. This rule gives each member of the bar an opportunity to discharge their Professional Responsibility by either: (1) Annually providing at least 20 hours of pro bono legal service to the poor or; (2) Making an annual contribution of at least $350 to a legal aid organization. Priority for the Disabled is a not-for-profit legal organization. We encourage you to discharge your professional public service responsibility by handling one of our pro bono cases per year. If you are unable to do so, please consider making a contribution.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. Priority for the Disabled is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your donation is fully tax-deductible. An acknowledgment of your donation will be sent to the email provided.
Why do we need your support?
Our organization is fueled by charitable contributions. Your support enables us to represent the most vulnerable citizens and create systematic change.
Your donation is used most efficiently to fuel impactful pro bono legal work. We have a responsibility to our community and supporters to work diligently toward long-term sustainability of the organization. We do everything in our power to see that your gift makes the biggest impact possible. Our IRS Form 990 is available for review, as required by law.
An individual with a disability is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.
A Legacy is a meaningful way to support our community’s bright future. Leave a Legacy by making a charitable contribution to our organization through a will, trust, or estate plan.
Include a few words in your will or trust such as, “I give, devise, and bequeath to Priority for the Disabled, a non-profit corporation (insert dollar amount, percentage of estate, or description of property) for general use.” Learn more about leaving a legacy by giving through your estate.
Yes. When making an online donation using our secure giving form, you may elect monthly recurring donation frequency.
Does my state offer disability insurance?
In the United States, only California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have state disability insurance programs. If you are a resident of one of these places and qualify by meeting all eligibility requirements, you may be able to get state disability insurance (SDI) benefits.