Laws, Regulations, Pending Legislation and other Legal Resources.
Federal Laws Governing The Rights Of Individuals With Disabilities
The American with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”)
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Recently Enacted Regulations
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design – Revised Regulations for Titles II and III of the ADA
Public Law No. 110-325 ADA Amendments Act of 2008, approved September 25, 2008
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Other Legal Resources
College Students with Disabilities: Litigation Trends
International Laws Governing The Rights Of Individuals With Disabilities
The Syracuse University College of Law Disability Law and Policy Program, in conjunction with the H. Douglas Barclay Law Library, has developed a comprehensive bibliographic web resource on International and Comparative Disability Law. This resource is available at:
Disability Law: An Overview
Legal Resources on Rights to Vote in National Elections of People with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
National Council on Disability Fact sheet on Inclusive Federal Election Reform
Special Education Advocacy – Legal resources
Legal Resources on the Rights of People with Disabilities to Vote in State Elections
Illinois Legal Aid Voting Rights for People with Disabilities
The Olmstead decision.
The Access Iowa City TV show, which is sponsored by Access 2 Independence (A2I) of Iowa City, IA and airs on Public Access Television Channel 18, in its September 6, 2010 program focused on the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Olmstead v. L.C.
The September 6th program featured the two hosts Keith Ruff and Scott Gill interviewing Alena Vazquez who is interning with A2I after having recently finished law school and is completing her last year in the MSW program. The Olmstead decision was important in expanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) to increase the ability of individuals with disabilities to live fuller lives in less restrictive environments in the community rather than just being relegated to institutions.
In Olmstead, the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the obligation under the ADA, to provide services and to integrate qualified individuals with disabilities appropriate to their needs. The Supreme Court concluded in Olmstead that, “Under Title II of the ADA, States are required to provide community-based treatment for persons with mental disabilities when the State’s treatment professionals determine that such placement is appropriate, the affected persons do not oppose such treatment, and the placement can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the State and the needs of others with mental disabilities.” Olmstead, 527 U.S. at 607.
The Supreme Court opinion in Olmstead v. L.C., is reported at 527 U.S. 581 (1999)
A summary of the Olmstead decision and its context which was prepared by the Center for An Accessible Society can be found at
Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)
Summary of DDA
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (English version)
Loi de 2005 sur l’accessibilité pour les personnes handicapées de l’Ontario (French version of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005)
The primary law protecting persons with disabilities in the United Kingdom had been the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 (the “DDA”). A new law, the Equality Act 2010 (the “Equality Act”), went into effect on October 1, 2010 for many provisions of the new law and replaced most of the DDA. However, the Disability Equality Duty in the DDA continues to apply under the Equality Act. Other provisions of the Equality Act, such as the duty of schools to provide auxiliary aids or services for disabled children, are to implemented at a later date which has not yet been specified. The text of the Equality Act is at
and summaries of the new Equality Act’s provisions regarding disabled people can be found at