People and places to help you start thinking and reading about disability before the next session…
A few federal Agencies and national organizations to get you started…
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law July 26, 1990 and prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantees them equal opportunity in employment, education, and state and federal programs and services. This site provides background and guidelines for all aspects of this law.
Check out the new ADA beta site, which has more approachable guidance on disability law and inclusive public accommodations.
The U.S. Department of Labor also has information on the ADA rights of disabled employees and job seekers.
“The National Disability Rights Network works in Washington, DC on behalf of the Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) and Client Assistance Programs (CAPs), the nation’s largest providers of legal advocacy services for people with disabilities.
According to ACL, ” P&As provide legal support to traditionally unserved or underserved populations to help them navigate the legal system to achieve resolution and encourage systems change. P&As ensure that individuals with disabilities are able to exercise their rights to make choices, contribute to society, and live independently.”
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.
In particular, the ACL Administration on Disabilities works with states, communities, and partners in the disability networks to increase the independence, productivity, and community integration of individuals with disabilities.
The National Organization on Disability main mission is to increase employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities. They also provide data on inclusion in the workforce as well as tools to assess companies inclusion and accessibility