MDA Presents Housing Rights Webinar May 24

'Know Your Rights — The Fair Housing Act' will feature a discussion and Q&A of the law regarding housing rights for people with disabilities

by Miriam Davidson on May 19, 2011 - 5:25pm

Are owners of apartment buildings required to have accessible units? Can they charge higher rent for them? And can they refuse to rent to a person with a service dog?

These are just some of many questions about housing rights that will be answered Tuesday, May 24, 2011, during an MDA-sponsored webinar titled "Know Your Rights — The Fair Housing Act," beginning at 4 p.m. EDT, 2 p.m. MDT and 1 p.m. PDT.

After the webinar is presented, it will be archived on the MDA website (along with other MDA webinars) on the advocacy page under Public Webinar Series.

MDA’s public webinar series features experts addressing disability-related subjects such as independent living, transitioning to adulthood, education, advocacy, health care, medical management, travel and more.

About the Fair Housing webinar

The webinar will be hosted by Victoria Lanteigne, fair housing project manager for the Equal Rights Center, a Washington, D.C., advocacy organization. She will be discussing successes and challenges regarding accessible housing, available resources and the laws that protect individuals with disabilities.

Lanteigne’s colleague at the Equal Rights Center, disability rights program manager and attorney Robyn Powell, was the guest on the April 26 MDA webinar “Knowing Your Rights and Understanding How the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Impacts You.”

Several questions about housing came up during that webinar, but as Powell explained, housing rights are covered by the Fair Housing Act, not by the ADA — hence the decision to host a fair housing webinar as a follow up.

To attend the webinar

Event address for attendees:

You will need to pre-register to attend this session. To do so simply:

  1. Click on the event link above.
  2. On the events page, scroll down and click on the "register" button.
  3. On the registration page, enter the registration password and click "submit." For this session, the registration password is advocacy1.
  4. You will be taken to a page where you will be asked to enter your name, email address and mailing address, and click "submit." An automatic email will be generated and sent directly to you.

If you have questions about signing in and/or registration, please call MDA’s Advocacy office at (202) 828-8560.

Note: Due to the large volume of callers and the amount of background noise associated with these calls, the lines will be muted during the presentation. Participants are encouraged to submit discussion-related questions in advance to

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