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Notice of Contract Award: Professor Leslie Salzman

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Notice of Single Source Contract Award

This announcement is not a request for applications. This announcement is to provide public notice of the National Council on Disability’s award of financial assistance for the following project without competition.

Project Title: The Role of the Federal Courts in Guardianship

Anticipated Federal Funding: $5,000

Anticipated Period of Performance: 7 months

Statutory Authority: 29 U.S.C 783(b)(2)(C)

CFDA #: 92.002 

Basis for Single Source Justification: Unique Qualifications

Project Overview:

The objective of this Agreement is to produce a brief that describes possible federal issues that arise in guardianships formed under state law, including due process and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The brief will also describe the treatment, or lack thereof, of these issues in federal court and make recommendations regarding whether the federal courts are or should be the appropriate venue for vindicating federal civil rights that are impacted by guardianship. This brief is intended to supplement the 2018 report by the National Council on Disability, Beyond Guardianship: Toward Alternatives That Promote Greater Self-Determination for People with Disabilities.


The recipient, Professor Leslie Salzman, is uniquely suited to fulfill the purpose of this agreement. She is nationally known and respected as being a pre-eminent scholar on the intersection of guardianship and disability civil rights issues. Unique among her peers, she wrote what is universally acknowledged as the seminal law review article regarding the potential for guardianships to violate the ADA’s “integration mandate” under the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C. ex rel Zimring (1999). Her assistance with this project will ensure a brief that is informed by her deep understanding of both disability and guardianship law and that helps to inform policymakers who are currently working to address serious problems in the guardianship system in all 50 states that negatively impact people with disabilities and their families and undermine the goals of the ADA and other federal laws that are supposed to uphold the civil rights and self-determination of people with disabilities.

For further information contact:

Phoebe Ball
Legislative Affairs Specialist
National Council on Disability
1331 F St. NW., Suite 850
Washington DC 20004