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Accessibility & Disability Rights

Individuals with disabilities have civil rights protections. These span employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, education, transportation, and telecommunications. You also have accessibility rights in many public environments and online.

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Your Legal Disability Rights

You have rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are the main federal civil rights laws that apply to people with disabilities.


These laws ban discrimination on the basis of disability and are enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).




Accessibility Is a Federal Law and Civil Right

“Accessibility” means as many people as possible can use a product, device, service, environment, or facility. This includes people with and without disabilities.


Some websites and companies legally need to achieve specific levels of accessibility. This is done by following accessibility standards and changing any barriers to access.



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