Laws & Acts

Be informed on your rights: Know as much as possible about court rulings and acts for people with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA is a landmark law protecting the civil rights of people with disabilities. The bill spans housing, employment, and inclusion rights, laying out anti-discrimination policy in the work place, housing, etc.

The Law Related Laws Networks and Manuals

Air Carrier Accessibility Act

The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 prohibits discrimination by air carriers on the basis of disability. This act covers unaccessible facilities as well as required services to be provided to any passanger with disability. Enforced by the United States Department of Transportation.

Help America Vote Act (HAVA)

In 2002, HAVA passed to enable local and federal government funds to be allocated to update and maintain voting equipment. Funds can also be allocated to ensure accesible voting locations and equipment and to address other accessibility issues within the voting process on a local, state, and federal level.

Olmstead Decision

The Olmstead Decision is in regard to discrimination of people with disabilities in institutions. In 1999, the Supreme Court ruled that, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with disabilities have the right to live in the community rather than institutions.

Legal & Advocacy

Many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) advocate new legislation and provide educational sources for both legal support and peer support.


Local, state, and federal government resources are important assets to people with disabilities.


Many groups and legal activities are aimed at remedying present injustice. The networks and associations below all contribute to this effort.