A person called DRO about his probation. He was not able to understand and retain the directions from his Probation Officer to stay in compliance with his probation because of his brain injury and mental health issues. He needed his spouse as his support person at meetings to write things down and help him remember. If he could not comply with probation, he would be sent back to jail or prison.
A DRO staff attorney wrote a reasonable accommodation request letter under the ADA. With the client’s consent, the attorney attached his psychological evaluation, demonstrating his needs. The head Probation Officer agreed to the accommodation, and he had the right to have his spouse in the meetings with his probation officer.