Americans with Disability Act – The ADA

Understanding the law is the key to demanding civil rights.

A comprehensive library about the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments.

Technical Assistance

by Arlene Mayerson, 1992

Action Guide for State and Local Governments

Advocacy Resources

Resources for advocates, such as Inclusive Language

Advocacy Groups

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.

is the country’s largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change – politically, economically, and socially.
is a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of people with mental illnesses through changes in policy and law.
is a national legal advocacy center for people with disabilities
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.

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.

of Massachusetts is an organization of disability rights activists who share a common goal of equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities.
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.

seeks to bring social justice values into the health care system. Visit their “A Healthy Blog” for the latest news.

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.

at UMASS Boston promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities through training, consultation, clinical and employment services, and research.

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

The mission of National Disability Institute is to build a better economic future for Americans with disabilities.

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 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.