Event Date 12-08-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 12-08-2015 3:00 pm
Recently, ProPublica published, "The Color of Debt", a first-of-its-kind analysis that showed that debt collection lawsuits are far more common in black communities than white ones. This webinar will cover the details of ProPublica's analysis of court data, explore what trends emerged among the different types of companies filing suits over consumer debt, and discuss possible causes for the racial disparity in lawsuits.

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Presenters: Paul Kiel (Reporter, ProPublica) and April Kuehnhoff (Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center)

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Event Date 12-01-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 12-01-2015 3:00 pm
Event Date 11-24-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 11-24-2015 3:00 pm
Event Date 10-06-2015 3:00 pm
Event End Date 10-06-2015 4:00 pm
Research shows that empowering individuals to actively participate in personal decision making improves life outcomes and can reduce the risk of abuse and exploitation. There is a risk of abuse and exploitation in all models of decision making for persons with differing abilities. An overly protective response to situations where a person with varying levels of capacity may be at risk can stifle self-determination and empowerment. Protection needs to be carefully balanced with protecting human and constitutional rights. Adults have a basic right to make choices, good or bad, and determine the course of their lives. An overly aggressive, or inappropriate protective response to limited capacity can itself be a form of abuse. This session will talk about recognizing the signs and signals of abuse, neglect (self-neglect) and exploitation, tools to maximize communication with persons with differing abilities, and promoting self-determination and choice through supported approaches that mitigate against risk and empower individuals. The session will explore the application of the Supported Decision Making model to assist persons in making choices, increase access to positive life outcomes, and reduce the risk of harm.

Presenters: David Godfrey (Senior Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging) and Jonathan Martinis (Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities)

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project/Elder Abuse Prevention webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

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Event Date 09-22-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 09-22-2015 3:30 pm
Come and learn about the federal Lifeline program, which was established to ensure that low-income households are connected to the modern communication network. Learn about the importance of this program for elders and communities of color as the program, which focuses on helping households afford phone service, is in the midst of a "reboot" to include internet access. This session will cover the basics about the Lifeline program as well as the current rulemaking to modernize the program to include broadband service. We will also touch on other federal initiatives to connect low-income households, including elders and communities of color, to affordable, essential voice and internet service.

Speakers: Michael J. Scurato, Vice President, Policy (National Hispanic Media Coalition); Julie Nepveu, Sr. Attorney (AARP Foundation Litigation) and Olivia Wein, Lead Telecom Project Attorney (National Consumer Law Center)

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.
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Event Date 08-31-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 08-31-2015 3:30 pm