Disability Rights, Advocacy, and Service Organizations

The Arc https://thearc.org/

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

National Association of the Deaf https://www.nad.org/

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level.

National Federation of the Blind https://www.nfb.org/

The National Federation of the Blind is continuously working toward securing full integration, equality, independence, acceptance, and respect for all blind Americans.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network https://autisticadvocacy.org/about-asan/

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities.

Easterseals  https://www.easterseals.com/

For 100 years, Easterseals has served as an indispensable resource for individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors and their families. Together, our 69 affiliates in communities nationwide serve 1.5M people through high-quality programs including autism services, early intervention, workforce development, adult day care and more.

Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services DARS https://www.vadars.org/

DARS is a state funded organization whose mission is to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.

Disability Policy and Current Legislation


(LAW) The Americans with Disabilities Act https://www.ada.gov/

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.

(LAW) The Rehabilitation Act https://www.access-board.gov/the-board/laws/rehabilitation-act-of-1973

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires access to programs and activities that are funded by Federal agencies and to Federal employment. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.

(BILL) Disability Employment Incentive Act H.R.3992 https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/3992?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22disability%22%5D%7D&s=3&r=8

Introduced to the House on July 25, 2019 this bill expands tax credits and deductions that are available for employers who hire and retain employees with disabilities.

(BILL Passed House) ADA Education and Reform Act H.R. 620 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/620?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22education+and+reform+act%22%2C%22ADA+Education+and+reform+act%22%5D%7D&s=1&r=1

The bill prohibits civil actions based on the failure to remove an architectural barrier to access into an existing public accommodation unless: (1) the aggrieved person has provided to the owners or operators a written notice specific enough to identify the barrier, and (2) the owners or operators fail to provide the person with a written description outlining improvements that will be made to improve the barrier or they fail to remove the barrier or make substantial progress after providing such a description. The aggrieved person’s notice must specify the circumstances under which public accommodation access was denied.