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Community and Internet Resources


Legislation: Disability Law


National

ADA Home Page is an official government website offering a comprehensive collection of links and publications concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance offers a comprehensive resource on the ADA. Do you need to know about the Americans with Disabilities Act? It's as easy as calling (800) 949-4232 (V/TTY). If you're looking for information, materials, technical assistance, or training on the ADA, call this toll-free number to talk to your local Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC). Select this link for more information about the DBTACs. Since 1991, your local Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) have been providing information, materials, technical assistance, and training on the ADA.

Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law is a law organization that promotes commitment to justice and the rule of law for persons with mental, physical and sensory disabilities, and their full and equal participation in the legal profession. One of the most important concerns of the Commission is the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The commission has published several books and manuals on the subject and collects information to build a foundation for the Association's implementation efforts as the legal profession's resource for technical information. The Commission consists of fifteen members appointed by the American Bar Association President. It meets twice yearly at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. to map out future plans and to direct its current activities. The Honorable Richard Teitelman currently sits as Chair of the Commission. John Parry is the Director. Contact the commission at cmpdl@abanet.org or call (202) 662-1570, (202) 662-1012 (TTY), (202) 662-1032 (Fax) or write to the Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, 740 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005.

Criterion 508, Inc. are legal consultants for Section 508 compliance and certification including website accessibility and usability audits, web design, development and networking. Producing documentable Section 508 compliant environments requires expertise in many diverse disciplines. Their consultants, architects, and technicians hold advanced degrees in their fields and have over a decade of experience in: Workforce Rehabilitation, ADA and Civil Rights Law, Training Development, IT Project Management, eBusiness, Strategic Planning, Applications Programming, Web Site Design and Development; Retrofitting, Networking, and Technical Writing. Criterion 508 Solutions provides not only comprehensive consulting and development expertise, but also the necessary certifications and documentation for an agency or company to demonstrate Section 508 compliance to Federal contracting and accessibility officials. Criterion 508 has offices located in Des Moines,IA, Colorado Springs, CO, Boca Raton, FL, Omaha, NE, and Philadelphia, PA. Telephone: (515) 988-4101 or e-mail: Info@Criterion508.com.

National Senior Citizens Law Center is a non-profit organization that provides legal information on advocacy, litigation and publishing on low-income elderly and disability issues including Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, and Nursing Homes. The National Senior Citizens Law Center promotes the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals, as well as persons with disabilities, with particular emphasis on women and racial and ethnic minorities. NSCLC works with legal services offices and senior organizations throughout the U.S. to provide quality advice and service. NSCLC staff attorneys serve as counsel in litigation, provide expert analysis on federal policy, train advocates to better represent their clients and educate through their publications. Contact Director, Attorney Gerald McIntyre at (213) 639-0930 for more information about NSCLC's litigation services for advocates. Contact NSCLC, at their Washington Office, 1101 14th St., NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005, call (202) 289-6976, or fax (202) 289-7224.


State Listings

California

Boalt Disability Law Society (BDLS) is an organization at the University of California, Berkley that provides support for law students with and without disabilities and acts as a forum for issues on disability law. Since the Disability Rights Movement began here in the early 70s, Berkeley has been known as a center for disability rights advocacy. BDLS seeks to maintain that tradition at Boalt by providing a forum for discussion of new and pressing issues in disability law, opportunities for students to engage in disability rights advocacy, and support for law students with and without disabilities. BDLS is a diverse group of students with and without disabilities, unified by a desire to improve access and awareness in the broader community. Originally called the Coalition for Access and Disability Rights Everywhere (CADRE), the group changed its name in 1999 to reflect its commitment to scholarship and community involvement as well as advocacy. For more information e-mail BDLS@law.berkeley.edu or contact through Boalt Disability Law Society, 282 Simon, University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Berkeley, CA 94720 or call (510) 643-2697.


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