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Disability Law: An Overview
This article was originally one of the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute's "Law About ..." pages. It provides a brief overview of the topic with a sidebar menu of links to primary source material, key internet sources, and useful offnet and subscription sources.

WashLaw WEB: Disability/Handicapped Law and Legal Issues

U.S. Government Information

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act: Electronic and Information Technology

Cross-agency portal to the federal government's disability-related information and resources. Includes pages on employment, education, housing, transportation, health, income support, technology, community life and civil rights.

Section 508: The Road to Accessibility
Resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.

U.S. Access Board
An independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Site includes Accessibility Guidelines & Standards; Technical Assistance, Training, Research resources; Enforcement information; Publications and Links.

U.S. Department of Justice: ADA Home Page
Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Site includes links to other federal agencies with ADA responsibilities; regulations and proposed regulations; technical assistance manuals and other publications; commonly asked questions and answers; ADA mediation information and more.

U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy

State Information

Illinois Attorney General: Defending Your Rights - Disability Rights
Manual Of Style For Depicting People With Disabilities

Illinois Assistive Technology Project

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD)

Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC)
An executive agency of the state created to advance the interests of all Illinois citizens with a hearing loss by advocating for systemic improvements, promoting cooperation and coordination among entities serving people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and disseminating information to eliminate negative stereotypes surrounding hearing loss. Site features include an Americans With Disabilities Act online presentation, EYE-ON Legislation Newsletters, and a Statewide Interpreter Directory.

Illinois Department of Human Rights (DHR)
Administers the Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (with regard to employment), age 40 and over, marital status, physical or mental handicap, military service or unfavorable military discharge.

Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
An executive state agency created to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities, provides legal representation, investigating complaints of rights violations and providing state guardianship for Illinois' population with disabilities.

Illinois Human Rights Act
775 ILCS 5/

Illinois Human Rights Commission
Adjudicates complaints of discrimination in employment, real property transactions, access to financial credit and public accommodations filed under the Illinois Human Rights Act. Site includes Human Rights Act, rules and regulations, IHRC decisions, appellate decisions, forms, annual reports, and FAQs.

Other Information

Guide to Disability and the Workplace
Prepared by Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Martin P. Catherwood Library, in collaboration with the Program on Employment and Disability.

Job Accommodation Network: ADA Hot Links and Document Center
A source for job accommodations funded under a contract funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor.


ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
A national legal advocate for people with mental disabilities. Through precedent-setting litigation and in the public policy arena, the Bazelon Center works to advance and preserve the rights of people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.

Council for Disability Rights
Site includes book recommendations, useful links, news affecting the disability community and practical information for do-it-yourselfers.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF)
A national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities. Site includes legal cases, articles, newsletters, publications, press releases, links and more.

A community of attorneys and law students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Its chief objective is to mentor and provide guidance to new lawyers and law students who are deaf and hard of hearing, so that they will be better equipped to deal with access, accommodation and practice issues that have confronted those who have gone before them. Site includes member forums and a News Portal/Wiki.

National Association of the Deaf

Current Awareness

Disability Law Blog
Social Security Disability law and practice in North Carolina (and a few other places) by J. Kevin Morton, Attorney.

Disability Law
Periodic updates on developments in disability law and related fields by Prof. Samuel R. Bagenstos of the Washington University School of Law.


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