Vol. 9, No. 7, April 2007

Disability Law

[Updated 7/09/12]

 

The Department of Justice ADA Home Page

The Department of Justice is the agency responsible for implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") provisions and providing technical assistance and enforcement. Their home page provides contact information for general and technical questions about the ADA. For individuals, corporations and other entities that must comply with the law's provisions, there is a link to the "Technical Assistance" materials. Users can search the web site for ADA publications and information including ADA requirements. Included on this home page are ADA design standards for new construction and alterations, featured ADA settlements and consent agreements, and new and proposed regulations. Information regarding the ADA mediation program and selected mediation case summaries is also available.

Wex: Disability Law

The Legal Information Institute provides an article surveying issues in disability law as part of Wex, an online collaborative legal encyclopedia. Also available is a comprehensive list of links for researching ADA and disability law online. Under the heading "Menu of Sources" users will find links to the various sections of the U.S. Code pertaining to the rights of the disabled. Relevant sections of the C.F.R., federal judicial decisions on disability issues, state statutes and judicial decisions and a good listing of key Internet sources are included.

Job Accomodation Network: ADA Hot Links and Document Center

This comprehensive resource provides an abundant supply of sources for ADA issues, including ADA statutes, regulations, Americans with Disabilities Accessibility Guidelines, federally reviewed technical sheets, and enforcement procedures. Links to other Internet disability sites are included, covering general medical and health care issues, AIDS/HIV, alcohol and drug abuse, back pain and chronic pain, diabetes, cancer, hearing impairment, mental disabilities, mobility impairments, and visual impairments.

Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law

This Commission of the American Bar Association is charged with promoting the "commitment to justice and the rule of law for persons with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities" and "their full and equal participation in the legal profession." Several of the resources of the Commission are available for purchase or to members. Print materials are described and may be purchased online. Freely available resources include a directory of lawyers practicing in the area of disability law, a report on the employment of lawyers with disabilities, and substantive news updates.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)

This non-profit membership organization seeks to be "a national voice for special education rights" and "secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities." COPAA membership is limited to individuals working on behalf of children with disabilities, rather than state or local educational agencies. Membership privileges include access to the Council's discussion groups, a databank of legal proceedings, and discounts on publications. Freely available resources include a directory of special education attorneys and advocates, guidelines for choosing attorneys and advocates, and links to resources for specific localities or disabilites.