What is legal abuse syndrome?
It is a constellation of symptoms that are diagnosable as PTSD; however, the litigation is the major stressor causing the sympoms.
What is an invisible disability?
Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, autism.
Can I afford an ADA Advocate?
An ADA Advocates addresses efficient legal planning so litigants with disabilities can go the distance with their cases. The prevent the usual occurrence of not being able to complete a case due to lack of funds. They are less expensive than attorneys and stretch the legal dollar.
Can EAA help?
I am prevented from seeing my children due to a psychological evaluation that I believe was inaccurate
- I am terrified to use the courts.
- If I admit I have a disability, it will be used against me.
- I have panic attacks.
- My abuser is using the court to continue to abuse me.
- My client is being re-traumatized every time she goes to court.
- My patient responds to medication and treatment until he has to appear in court when symptoms break through all medication and treatment.
- As a judge, I don’t know when a person has an invisible disability.
- As an attorney, how do I know if it is a disability or a ploy?
Yes, EAA can help – we pinpoint the symptoms of the impairments that are interfering with your or your client’s executive functionality. There are myths and misunderstandings that need clarification and administrative management under the protections and mandates of the ADAAA.
Parents have a right to parent their children. There is no scientific evidence that any mental illness or injury in and of itself precludes parenting or custody. Parents are to be accommodated not denied parenting.
Courts are stressful and demanding. You need to preplan for court dates using the counseling steps that I designed for the re-traumatization and stress of litigation.
Your disability cannot be used against you. It is to be kept confidentially with court administration and accommodated so you have a fair day in court.
Your panic attacks are alerting you to some primitively perceived danger. You must not go into court when having a panic attack. You will need breaks and to use advocates and other accommodations to help you.
Many times abused persons are being dominated by a mate who uses coercive control. Courts can be manipulated by coercive controllers, while the responsible, protective parent is too often misperceived by the court – especially if the coercer is feeding misinformation into the court.
Lawyers are usually not trained in ADAAA and the standard of care that we promote. Therefore, they can work diligently with a client who breaks down when re-traumatized by court proceedings. This requires support and preplanning to keep the brain safe.
Doctors often advise patients that they must give up litigation or face serious health consequences. In fact if they use the training to implement the standard of care and rubric for persons with disabilities, patients can often rebound and sustain through litigation.
Judges do not and cannot know if a person suffering from depression or anxiety or other invisible disability in fact needs accommodations. The person with a disability must contact court administration and work out ADA accommodations that will be mostly kept confidential but enough is shared with judge to assure that the person with disabilities is protected under the ADAAA.
Many attorneys suspect the person with disabilities of faking the disability as a ploy. This is very rare and with the wording of the law we always want to err on the side of kindness, compliance with the ADAAA, and allow reasonable accommodations.