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  • Revised/Updated: 2019/02/10
  • Synopsis : Articles regarding legal issues relating to disabilities including disability lawyers estate planning and services for the disabled.

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Do You know Your Legal Rights if You Become Or Are Disabled?

The documents listed below discuss legal issues relating to disabilities including disability lawyers, estate planning, and services for the disabled. This section deals mainly with U.S. Law(s).

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.

Black and white photograph of a man pushing an older woman in a wheelchair.
Black and white photograph of a man pushing an older woman in a wheelchair.

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.

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 - A Guide to Disability Rights Laws - Disability Rights Section - https://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm

Also See

An overview for legal teams on ADA, section 508 issues affecting websites and other digital assets:
What Lawyers Need to Know: A Primer on Digital Accessibility Terms and Today's Legal Landscape

Legal and Lawyer Publications

U.S. Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging Disability-Based Housing Discrimination - Lawsuit alleges defendants Galveston Portfolio and Gartrell failed to design and construct an eight-building addition and associated rental office at Seasons Resort to make them accessible to persons with disabilities.

Students with Reading Disorders Sue School District for Failing to Educate Them - Complaint against Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), BUSD Superintendent, BUSD Board of Education, Directors of the BUSD Board of Education, for systemically failing to educate students with reading disorders, and students suspected to have reading disorders.

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.

Disability Advisor Provides Expert Responses to Questions Related to Disabilities - DisabilityAdvisor.com Ask the Advisor feature offers visitors expert responses to their disability related questions.

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.

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