- South Shore Skeptics Link Library
- Disability and Civil Rights
- Legal and Enforcement Information
- see also
Overview of Disability Issues
- Glossary of terms
- Disability Organizations and
- Civil Rights (general heading)
- Legal Resources (general heading)
of People With Disabilities
Violence Against Persons With Disabilities --
Center for Disease Control
Bibliography ( Americans With Disabilties Act
- ADA Document
Center -- ADA Ohio
- Documents ( Factsheets, Laws, Regs )
- Other Internet Disability Sites
With Disabilities Act Information Line at
U.S. Dept. of Justice
- 800 - 514 - 0301 (voice) / 800 - 514 - 0383 (TDD)
Homepage -- U.S. Justice Dept., Civil Rights
ADA Scams and Schemes -- Better Business Bureau
- Recognizing phony "ADA-compliant" products,
intimidatioon tactics by remodelers etc.
- Choose, Right
to --National Association for Rights Protection
Rights Documents, Briefs, Books -- Findlaw.com
-- How and When To File an ADA Complaint
- Disability Law Document Collection
-- Cornell Law School
- Disability Rights Page -- ACLU
- Disability in the Workplace -- An Internet Primer (Cornell)
Special Education law -- fulltext of key
statutes and regs
Rights Under the ADA
- Employment Discrimination, Law About
-- Cornell Legal Information Inst.
Individuals -- Internet Law Library
- Justice For All Email
- Labeling -- right to refuse questionable or unwanted 'treatment' or drugs
based on labeling/
- Key Recommendations from draft Nat'l Council on Disability's
Report on People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities.
"5.Eligibility for services in the community should
never be contingent on participation in treatmen programs. People labeled
with psychiatric disabilities should be able to select from a menu of independently
available services and programs, including mental health services, housing,
vocational training, and job placement, and should be free to reject any
service or program."
Similar resources -- Nat'l Assoc. of Rights Protection and Advocacy.
and Policy on Information Technology Accommodation -
- - General Services Administration
- Legislative and Regulatory Trends -- American Bar Association
- Mental Health Law,
Bazelon Center for
- Newsgroups: bit.listerv.ada-law
Disabilities, EEOC Guidelines on ( Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission )
Page, Giant Disability
- Search Engines
- Search All U.S. District Courts of Appeal for Disability Decisions
- Search All U.S. Supreme Court Decisions for Disability Decisions
- Social Security Disability,
Law Explained -- atty. Michael Doran
- Social Security Handbook (13th) Ed. fulltext -- SSA.gov
- Socual Security
Work Incentives "Redbook" online
- Special Education, also
- Vocational Rehabilitation -- federal regulations on
- Dept. of Education,U.S. Final Rules and Regs -- 1995-99
- ( State programs are mostly federally funded )
Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S., Office of (OSERS)
- Office of Special Education Programs
- primary oversight / regulatory agency for federally
funded special-ed programs for handicapped childern.
- Client Assistance Program (CAP)
- Federally funded advocacy and legal assistance for
handicapoed clients of state rehabilitation agencies who aren't getting
- Supreme Court Decisions, U.S.
on disability, recent, links to fulltext
- University Affiliated
Programs (AAUAP), American
- Attempts to iinject sound research-based principles
"in order to ensure appropriate and effective services": to persons
with disabilities -- as opposed to labeling and conjecture.
- Yahoo Society and Culture -- Disabilities
- Legal Issues -- Disabilities
- "ADA" refers to theAmericans
With Disabilities Act of 1990. Primary federal law "to establish a
clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability."
- Section 504 (of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973) prohibits employment discrimination, either by government
or by private employers. Sectiun 504 is enforced by the Equal Employment
- Discrimination refers to any
unlawful exclusionary act based on disability, or any failure to provide
legally required access.
- Reasonable Accommodation is a
term used in the ADA, and in in other civil rights laws, to denote any
readily achievable means of achieving legally required access without "undue
hardship" on the entity required to accommodate. Reasonable accommodations
may be reached by the parties concerned, or by enforcement settlement agreements,
or by administrative courts. Compliance guidelines are provided in technical
assistance manuals issued by various agencies.
- ADA-Qualified Person is one who
qualifies for coverage under the ADA. This includes mental and physical
handicaps, generally those lasting more than six months, but not drunken-ness,
kleptomania, pedophilia etc. Handicaps due to age, such as difficulty walking
or diabetes, are covered.
- Technical Assistance refers to
varieties of free information and hotlines provided by government-funded
and non-profit sources, on cost-effective means to accommodate effectively.
Dissemination is via hotlines, Web, and printed manuals.
- Assistive Technology refers to
hardware or software enabling a handicapped person to perform a job or
other essential life function -- such as custom wheelchair controls or
adaptive computer programs.
- Ordinary tools such as spell-checkers qualify as assistive
- Rehabilitation Engineering includes
the selection, design, testing and application of adaptive equipment and
principles, by one specifically trained in available technologies. Rehab
engineers typicallys solve problems of ergonomics, accoustics, lighting,
optics, servomechanisms and
- advanced prosthetics, custom controls and control
software, telecommunications devices, customization of vehicles and lifts
etc. A relatively new area is the application of desltop computers and
adaptive software on the job, such as voice actuation.
- Rehabilitation, vocational or
otherwise, refers to the process of recovering from a disability, or regaining
functionality in areas of major life function. Means may include physical
therapy or retraining, assistive technology, various coping strategies,
and and/or support networks.
- Invisible Handicap refers to
a condition not readily apparent to an observer, such as a visual impairment
following a head injury. The term also refers to less politically visible
handicaps, and to political discrimination in accommodating primarily the
most visible handicaps.
- The most common handicaps are invisible, including
2 million brain injuries per year due to auto accidents. "Invisible"
handicaps also refer to conditions not widely recognized nor understood
due to stereotyping. A limited brain injury may for example impair only
the ability to form words quickly, or the ability to retrieve specific
types of information -- yet the person may be written off as slow by inappropriate
testing or evaluation. The ADA prohibits discrimination based on type of
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