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Disability Legal: Laws & Lawyers for Disabled

  • Synopsis: Articles discussing legal issues relating to disabilities including disability lawyers estate planning and services for the disabled.

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Do you know what your legal rights are if you become disabled

The articles below discuss legal issues relating to disabilities including disability lawyers, estate planning, and services for the disabled.

Disability rights for the disabled have greatly increased over the past few years when the disability discrimination act came into force. The aim of the act when introduced was to put an end to discrimination that was being faced by people with disabilities.

Today U.S. Disability law is largely regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, housing, education, and access to public services.

Various States may pass disability statutes so long as they are consistent with the ADA. Other statutes prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities include the Fair Housing Act, Rehabilitation Act, Air Carrier Access Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by Federal agencies, in programs receiving Federal financial assistance, in Federal employment, and employment practices of Federal contractors. Its standards mirror those of the ADA.

Quick Facts: Disability Legal

This guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. It also applies to the United States Congress.

To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

To find out more about how these laws may apply to you visit the U.S. Department of Justice - Disability Rights Section.

Latest Disability Lawyers & Legal Information Publications

  1. New Lawsuits Against NCAA and Riddell Seek Compensation for Student Athlete Football Players Who Suffered Concussions
    Recent lawsuits could ultimately compensate thousands of former high school and college athletes for brain damage and concussions sustained while playing football.
  2. Disability Advisor Provides Expert Responses to Questions Related to Disabilities Ask the Advisor feature offers visitors expert responses to their disability related questions.
  3. ACB Reaches Agreement with DC Taxi Companies To Enhance Accessibility of Street-Hail Service for Blind Individuals with Service Dogs
    Accessibility Initiative to ensure blind and visually impaired accompanied by service animals have full and equal access to taxi services in the District of Columbia, including street-hailed taxicab services.
  4. Blind Passenger Sues Uber for Dragging Her and Service Dog Down the Street
    Alleging violations of Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and Virginians with Disabilities Act (VDA) for unlawful refusal to accommodate blind passenger and service dog and for injuring them in the process.
  5. Statue of Liberty Ferry Service Sued for Alleged Failure of Safe & Lawful Access
    Lawsuit filed against Statue Cruises, LLC, for failure to provide safe and lawful ferry access for wheelchair users, thereby violating the ADA, NY State and NY City Human Rights Laws.

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