ERIC Educational Resource Information Center

Federal database of journal and non-journal educational articles.

Assistive Technology Training, Online

This federally funded project provides both general and specific training in assistive technology (AT) and special education, focusing on adapted computer use. They concentrate on AT hardware and software applications


Government website to provide "quick and easy info" about disability services, laws, programs and benefits within a state.

Access Board

Access Board is an independent federal agency that develops accessibility standards and guidelines for facilities and technology.

ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and the EEOC, September 2009

On September 25, 2008, the President signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 ("ADA Amendments Act" or "Act"). The Act makes important changes to the definition of the term "disability" by rejecting the holdings in several Supreme Court decisions and portions of EEOC's ADA regulations.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

US Department of Labor Disability Resources

The Department of Labor has several agencies that can help people with disabilities find meaningful work and launch successful careers, help employers hire people with disabilities, and help federal contractors stay within the law when hiring.

Accessible Technology in the Workplace

Collaborative project developed and maintained by Region 9 Pacific ADA Center, Region 5 Great Lakes ADA Center

US Access Board: Guidelines and Standards

The Access Board is an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

The Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA), 42 U.S.C. Section 12131 et seq. 2000, prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications and government activities. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunication relay services.

Assistive Technology Act

The primary piece of federal legislation addressing access to assistive technology for persons with disabilities is the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended 2004, 29 U.S.C Section 3001, et seq. 2004. The Assistive Technology Act provides grants to the states to address the assistive technology needs of individuals with disabilities.

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 forbids organizations and employers from excluding or denying people with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services. It defines the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate in, and have access to, program benefits and services.

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For a look at your rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, go to: www.hhs.gov/ocr/504.html For a look at your rights under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, go to: www.section508.gov
DOE and DOJ Colleague Letter: Effective Communication

The Department of Education and the Department of Justice issued joint guidance about the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities to effective communication. With an attached Frequently Asked Questions document and a fact sheet on the guidance for parents (available in Spanish).

Workforce Investment Act of 1998

The Workforce Investment Act consolidates, coordinates, and improves employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States. Title IV of WIA, Sections 401-414 contains amendments to the Rehabilitation Act, including independent living requirements.

Developmental Disabilities and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD ACT)

The DD Act provides programs and services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Developmental disabilities are physical or mental impairments that begin before age 22, and that substantially inhibit a person's capacity to perform major life functions.

Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act was amended in 1988 to prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of disability. Its coverage includes private housing, housing that receives federal financial assistance, and State and local government housing. It is unlawful to discriminate in any aspect of selling or renting housing or to deny a dwelling to a buyer or renter because of a disability.

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Air Carrier Access Act

The Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination in air transportation by domestic and foreign air carriers against qualified individuals with physical or mental impairments.

Related Links: Visit the Disability Law Index to review the full set of ACAA regulations as amended “An Overview of the ACAA” authored by Jacquie Brennan of the Southwest ADA Center
National Voter Registration Act

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 makes it easier for all Americans to exercise their fundamental right to vote. The Act requires all offices of State-funded programs that are primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities to provide all program applicants with voter registration forms, to assist them in completing the forms, and to transmit completed forms to the appropriate State official.

Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act

The Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act of 1984 generally requires polling places across the United States be physically accessible to people with disabilities for federal elections. The law also requires states to make available registration and voting aids for disabled and elderly voters.

Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA)

CRIPA authorizes the U.S. Attorney General to investigate conditions of confinement at State and local government institutions including publicly operated nursing homes, and institutions for people with psychiatric or developmental disabilities.

Architectural Barriers Act (ABA)

The ABA requires that buildings and facilities that are designed, constructed, or altered with Federal funds, or leased by a Federal Agency, comply with Federal standards for physical accessibility. ABA requirements are limited to architectural standards in new and altered buildings and in newly leased facilities.

HCBSadvocacy.org: A New Resource for Aging and Disability Communities
HCBSadvocacy.org is a new platform to share information and resources regarding the new Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) rule and stay informed about steps each state is taking to comply with the new rule.