UT Law Clinic helps people with autism & other disabilities!

Did you know the University of Texas Law Scholars have a pro bono law clinic covering many topics that assist families and individuals impacted by autism and other disabilities? Free assistance is available in Spanish and English. This clinic, known as the INCLUDE Project of the Mithoff Pro Bono Program, provides free legal assistance on topics such as SPEAK (Supporting Parents’ Education, Advocacy, and Knowledge), Special Education Casework, Medicaid, Psychiatric Advanced Directives, and Supported Decision Making! If you need assistance in these areas, please contact the law students directly! Law students work under the supervision of licensed attorneys and professors. Due to COVID-19 they are working virtually, so can assist people statewide! See descriptions and email contact list below.
Special Education Casework & SPEAK (Supporting Parents’ Education, Advocacy, and Knowledge)
Law students, under the supervision of licensed attorneys and professors, work directly with parents of special education students to prepare and educate families regarding special education law and disputes. Law students ensure parents are familiar with the IEP process and aware of their children’s legal right to receive a free and appropriate legal education (FAPE). In especially difficult cases or cases where schools are not fulfilling their obligations, parents can request additional casework support from INCLUDE, including representation in mediation and due process where necessary.
Samantha Westrum, email: samanthawestrum@utexas.edu
Medicaid Evidence Workshop
Law students help Medicaid recipients obtain medically necessary nursing, services, or equipment through the fair hearing administrative process. 
John C. Ruff, email: channingruff@utmail.utexas.edu
Psychiatric Advanced Directives
Allows someone to select their preferences for psychiatric treatment so doctors know their preferences if they are unable to communicate them. (Also known as Declarations of Mental Health Treatment in Texas).
Midushi Pandey, email: mpandey@utexas.edu
Supported Decision Making Agreements (SDMA’s)
Supported Decision-Making Agreements (SDMA’s) are a great alternative to guardianship. These agreements are completely free and are effective instantly. Not only that, but SDMA’s are customizable to the needs of the applicant, ensuring they stay independent and in control!
Atticus Finch, email: atticusfinch@utexas.edu