Americans with Disability Act – The ADA
Understanding the law is the key to demanding civil rights.
U.S. Department of Justice
ADA Update 2015: A Primer for State and Local Governments
From the U.S. Access Board
2010 ADA Standards
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business
Olmstead: Community Integration for Everyone
Technical Assistance Document
Describes public entities’ obligations and individuals’ rights under the integration mandate of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 1999 landmark Supreme Court decision, Olmstead v. L.C.
Job Accommodation Network – ADA Document Center
A comprehensive library about the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) – Topic Guides on ADA Transportation
ADA National Network: ADA Basic Building Blocks Course
The History of the Americans with Disabilities Act – A Movement Perspective
by Arlene Mayerson, 1992
ADA Title II
Action Guide for State and Local Governments
Resources for advocates, such as Inclusive Language
The organizations below understand the laws, and work to ensure that the laws are followed so that people with disabilities will have their civil rights as equal citizens.
is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.
American Association of People with Disabilities
is the country’s largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change – politically, economically, and socially.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Rights
is a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of people with mental illnesses through changes in policy and law.
Center for Public Representation
is a national legal advocacy center for people with disabilities
Disability Alliance Massachusetts.
A grass-roots coalition of aging and disability service and advocacy organizations and supporters, works to secure fundamental changes in the provision of long-term services, support, and care.
Disability Law Center, Inc.
is the Protection and Advocacy agency for Massachusetts. DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities.
Disability Policy Consortium
of Massachusetts is an organization of disability rights activists who share a common goal of equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities.
DRDF – Disability Research and Design Foundation
elieves that the society needs to be conductive in order to be inclusive and universal. It is the environment that renders people disabled and not the medical impairments. They are a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.
Health Care for All
seeks to bring social justice values into the health care system. Visit their “A Healthy Blog” for the latest news.
Health Law Advocates (HLA)
is a public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal representation to low-income residents experiencing difficulty accessing or paying for needed medical services.
Institute for Community Inclusion
at UMASS Boston promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities through training, consultation, clinical and employment services, and research.
M-Power: Mental Health Rights
M-Power – Nothing About Us Without Us – is a Massachusetts member run organization of mental health consumers and current and former psychiatric patients. They advocate for political and social change within the mental health system, the community, city, and statewide.
Address: 98 Magazine St, Roxbury, MA 02119
Phone: (617) 442-4111
National Association of the Deaf
National Disability Institute
The mission of National Disability Institute is to build a better economic future for Americans with disabilities.
REV Up Massachusetts
REV UP is a national program to get more people with disabilities to vote. Visit the REVUP MA website to learn more about voting in Massachusetts and to join our efforts.
Second Thoughts Massachusetts
Second Thoughts MA is a grassroots group of disability rights advocates from Massachusetts and the region who oppose the legalization of assisted suicide as a deadly form of discrimination against disabled people.
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