Disability Rights Q&A

Short, free guide answers questions about the ADA and other disability rights laws

by Quest Staff on July 13, 2009 - 4:27pm

“Individuals with disabilities are a protected class under civil rights laws, and it is the one protected class that anyone can join, usually involuntarily, at any point in their lives.”

So says attorney Jacquie Brennan, the author of a new guide to disability rights laws, The Disability Law Handbook, that recently was released by the Southwest Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC).

Written in a question-and-answer format, the 50-page free guide is meant to provide basic, general information about disability laws, as well as resources for learning more.

The book covers the basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Social Security, the Air Carrier Access Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, and the Fair Housing Act Amendments.

“This handbook is a broad overview of rights and obligations under federal disability laws,” writes Brennan in the foreword, noting that individual state laws may impose more stringent obligations.

Disability law overlaps with many other areas of law – including employment law, administrative law, elder law, consumer law, construction law, insurance law, school law, health law, social security law, and civil rights law, says Brennan.

“It is my hope that this book…will find its way into the hands of both individuals who have disabilities and entities that have obligations under various disability laws.”

To obtain the handbook, go to the Southwest DBTAC site and download a copy; or call (800) 949-4232; or write DBTAC Southwest ADA Center; 2323 South Shepherd, #1000; Houston, TX 77019.

A future version of the handbook will be available in Spanish.

Your rating: None Average: 4 (1 vote)
MDA cannot respond to questions asked in the comments field. For help with questions, contact your local MDA office or clinic or email publications@mdausa.org. See comment policy