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Legislation: Government Links

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United Nations offers tours of its famous facility, conference updates, summaries of General Assembly activities, news releases, and Security Council information. December 3 is the International Day of Disabled Persons. For the query: "disability," 689 documents were returned.

United Nations - Enable is the website for the Division for Social Policy and Development: Focal Point on Disability. The Secretariat for this division in New York is the focal point within the United Nations system on matters relating to disability. It is also the focal point for activities related to global social development, to youth, older persons and the family. Within the Division, the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides support to the work of the Ad Hoc Committee on a disability convention, deals with promotion, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the World Programme of Action and the Standard Rules. In addition it prepares publications and acts as a clearing-house for information on disability issues; promotes national, regional and international programmes and activities; provides support to Governments and non-governmental organizations; gives substantial support to technical co-operation projects and activities. For more information contact the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Two United Nations Plaza, DC2-1372, New York, NY 10017, United States of America, Facsimile: +1-212-963-0111, or send e-mail to enable@un.org


ADA Technical Assistance Program is a federal network of grantees which provides information, training and technical assistance to businesses and agencies with duties and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and to people with disabilities with rights under the ADA. As part of the ADA Technical Assistance Program, ten regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) provide information and referral, technical assistance, public awareness, training on all aspects of the ADA. To locate the DBTAC in your area contact 1-800-949-4232 or to learn more about DBTACs, view the Great Lakes DBTAC information below.

Disability.gov is a comprehensive Federal website on the Department of Labor website for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans, workforce professionals and many others. This site allows you to search by the topics that are relevant to you including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation.

GPO Access disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal Government.

Internal Revenue Service provides information about tax laws and regulations and allows you to download or order all needed tax documents via their website. Also, they have information and guides on how to complete forms and what forms need to be completed by individuals. The IRS will provide appropriate forms and support services during income tax season. Call (800) 829-1040 (Voice), (800) 829-4059 (TTY).

Government Benefits is a free, easy-to-use and completely confidential online screening tool. Your name, phone number, Social Security number, or any other information that could be used to identify you is not required. You answer a series of questions about yourself, and then GovBenefits returns a list of government benefit programs you may be eligible to receive along with information about how you can apply. Whether it's a direct payment, a loan, insurance, training, or other services - there may be government benefit programs available to help you. To get started, select all categories that apply to you (or the person you are helping). Then, choose the type of program list you want to see, and follow the Continue link. GovBenefits is a partnership of many Federal agencies and organizations with a shared vision - to provide improved, personalized access to government assistance programs.

Social Security Administration Office of Disability provides information on the Social Security Administration Office of Disability - Disability Programs including the "Social Security Handbook", "Social Security Disability Publications and Information", "Ticket to Work" and "Representative Payment Program".

U.S. Census Bureau provides demographics relevant to current debate, leading economic indicators like monthly wholesale trade and housing starts, and software tools that let you extract information from its enormous databases. It offers information specifically on individuals with disabilities and employment and income.

U.S. Department of Justice contains a Civil Rights Division that contains information on cases and briefs affecting disability rights. They have a section on Accessibility of Federal Electronic and Information Technology and an ADA Home Page section. They provide an ADA Mediation Program, ADA Technical Assistance Materials, Certification of State and Local Building Codes, Technical Assistance Program, ADA Guide for Small Businesses and more.

The U.S. Department of Labor has a new Office of Disability Policy. The programs and services of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities is being absorbed into the new office. Also, a new website www.disability.gov has been established to "bridge information on U.S. Federal programs, services and resources to employers, Americans with disabilities and their families." For more information on the new office or government website, visit the appropriate website.

U.S. FedWorld Information Network offers access to over 130 government-based Bulletin Boards as well as many Web, ftp, and Gopher sites that deal in federal matters. The National Technical Information Service, the agency of the Department of Commerce that runs FedWorld, covers every governmental area you can imagine: space technology, natural resources, health care, transportation, and the military.

U.S. House of Representatives offers links and contact information for your legislative representative.

U.S. Library of Congress gives access to over 70 million documents. The 195-year old library offers access to the U.S. Copyright Office, Thomas, digitized documents of American cultural and historical significance, descriptions of federal events, and a stunning collection of exhibits called American Memory. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is available also at this site.

U.S. Senate offers links and contact information for your senator.

U.S. Congress is a service of the U.S. Library of Congress and a web version of the Congressional Record and other Capitol Hill publications. Information on activities and bills in Congress, Committee Information, Legislative process and Congressional Historical documents.

State Listings


Arizona Center for Disability Law has several helpful hotlines. The ADA Employment Hotline is available where an attorney will be available by telephone to provide information regarding disability related employment discrimination issues. The hotline is available on Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. by calling (800) 922-1447 Statewide or in Tucson call (520) 327-9547. They offer a fair housing hotline as well. A trained advocate will be available to answer your questions Mondays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Outside Phoenix call toll-free (800) 927-2260 and in the Phoenix metropolitan area call (602) 274-6287. Finally, they offer a special education hotline Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In Phoenix call (602) 274-6287 and statewide call (800) 927-2260. Their website contains information on training offered and instructional guides as well. For information on other issues, in Tucson call (520) 327-9547 or (800) 922-1447 and in Phoenix call (602) 274-6287 or (800) 927-2260.

Arizona Legislative Information System (ALIS) provides information on bills, members, session laws, links to other legislatures, FAQ's, links to legislative agencies, the legislative process, Arizona laws and statutes, the Arizona Constitution, proceedings, committees and more.

Office of the Arizona Attorney General contains links to information on consumer protection, consumer complaint form, elder affairs,news releases, civil rights and more.

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