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The Disability Issues Committee exists to provide support and resources for Texas attorneys and law students with disabilities, members of the public who are affected or know someone who is affected by a disability, and all who are interested in helping to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.
The committee has prepared this collection of online resources to help you access more information about disability rights and disability-related programs and services designed to help people with disabilities lead meaningful, independent lives.
This collection includes links and resources in the following content areas:
Filing a Complaint
Filing a complaint for discrimination against a state or local government or a public accommodation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division
Filing a complaint for discrimination in educational opportunities with the U.S. Department of Justice, or with the U.S. Department of Education
Filing a complaint for discrimination in employment with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Filing a complaint for discrimination in housing with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Filing a complaint for discrimination in air travel with the U.S. Department of Transportation
Filing a complaint for discrimination in voting or elections with the U.S Department of Justice
Independent Living Research Utilization – A national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living.
U.S. Department of Transportation:
Aviation Consumer Protection Division, providing guidance on the rights of air travelers with disabilities, the Air Carrier Access Act, and filing complaints of discrimination
Disability Law and Policy Research
Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center @ University of Iowa
American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights - The Commission works to promote the ABA's commitment to justice and the rule of law for people with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities, and to promote their full and equal participation in the legal profession.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law - A leading legal advocate for people with mental disabilities and a legal resource for researchers and attorneys
Disability, Business and Technical Assistance Center on the ADA (f/k/a DLRP) - A leading resource, training, and technical assistance center on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws
Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities - This website provides resources and information on disabilities including committee members and law, publications, ADA, key laws, disability history, disability policy, parking, and statistics:
National Council on Disability - an independent federal agency making disability law and policy recommendations to the President and Congress
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) - Disability discrimination resources
US Department of Labor's compliance guide for Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: (USERRA), including provisions on eligible extended disability leave
Accessibility and Architectural Compliance (including housing)
U.S. Access Board - Develops and maintains design criteria for the building environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Architectural Barriers division - Regulates the Texas Architectural Barriers Act (TABA), which mandates design and construction requirements that promote essential accessibility for Texans with disabilities
Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST - An initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements:
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) resources
Information on how to file a discrimination complaint with the Office for Civil Rights
PACER Center - Information regarding law, policy and education practices affecting children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents
PACER Center's Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)
Child and Youth
LD OnLine - This site offers hundreds of expert-reviewed articles and resources for educators, parents, and others concerned about children with learning disabilities and ADHD. Includes good, basic analysis of the rights of students in K-12 and in postsecondary educational settings
The Family Village is a web site for children and adults with disabilities, their families, and their friends and allies. Family Village brings together thousands of online resources in an organized, easy-to-use directory. The centerpiece of Family Village is the library, where visitors can find information on over 300 diagnoses
A Guidebook for Visually Impaired Students - provides a comprehensive resource where students can find scholarships and information about assistive technology.