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Cecilia Ballinger

  • Hosted by Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
  • Sponsored by Faber Daeufer & Itrato
  • Service location Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Law school University of Alabama School of Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Disability Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Cecilia’s (she/her/hers) project will provide educational and medical advocacy to children with complex medical conditions across the state of Alabama.

Children with high medical needs require high-quality medical and educational services to ensure they remain in their community, rather than an institution. In Alabama, many of these children live in rural areas with a lack of providers, leaving parents to take on the role of nurse and educator. While support is available through the school system, health insurance, and Medicaid Waivers, these systems can be challenging and time-consuming to navigate and coordinate. These children and families need an advocate who understands each system of support and can increase knowledge of and access to each system of support.

Fellowship Plans

During her Fellowship, Cecilia will represent children in IEP and 504 Plan meetings to ensure appropriate school services are provided. She will assist families in accessing benefits through EPSDT and Medicaid Waivers, helping families apply for services and challenge unlawful denials. Additionally, she will conduct outreach to educate parents and providers about services specific to medically complex children.

My Equal Justice Works Fellowship has allowed me to ensure children are growing up in the community with their families. I am privileged to be a part of the team fighting for high-quality care and inclusion.

Cecelia Ballinger /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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