Government Resources

ADA Document Portal
This website, sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, makes available more than 3,400 documents related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, including those issued by Federal agencies with responsibilities under the law.  It also provides extensive document collections on other disability rights laws and issues. 

Air Carrier Access Act
The Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination by air carriers on the basis of disability and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Transporation, which maintains a hotline for complaints at (866) 266-1368 (voice); (866) 754-4368 (TTY).

Department of Education
ED funds ten regional Disability & Business Technical Assistance Centers to provide technical assistance on the ADA. For assistance related to civil rights, you may contact the Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in Washington D.C. or the OCR enforcement office serving your state or territory.

Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD the Fair Housing Act and has issued guidelines under this law (the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines) which cover multi-family housing.  These guidelines are available on HUD's website.  Information is also available on how to file a complaint with HUD under the Fair Housing Act. HUD's website also addresses access under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Department of Justice's ADA Website
DOJ offers technical assistance on the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and other ADA provisions applying to businesses, non-profit service agencies, and state and local government programs; also provides information on how to file ADA complaints. Many of its technical assistance letters are available on-line. DOJ maintains an ADA hotline at 800-514-0301 (voice); 800-514-0383 (TTY)

Department of Transportation (see Federal Transit Administration)

Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
In the FY 2001 budget, Congress approved a new Office of Disability Employment Policy for the Department of Labor. Programs and staff of the former President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities have been integrated in this new office. The mission of ODEP, under the leadership of an Assistant Secretary, will be to bring a heightened and permanent long-term focus to the goal of increasing employment of persons with disabilities. This will be achieved through policy analysis, technical assistance, and development of best practices, as well as outreach, education, constituent services, and promoting ODEP's mission among employers.

Disability & Business Technical Assistance Centers
Funded by NIDRR, the Disability Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) provide information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to employers, persons with disabilities and other entities with responsibilities under the ADA. The national toll-free number, 1-800-949-4232 V/TTY, automatically routes calls to the closest Center.

A one-stop interagency portal for information on Federal programs, services, and resources for people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers, and other community members.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EEOC offers technical assistance on the ADA provisions applying to employment; also provides information on how to file ADA complaints.

Federal Communications Commission
FCC offers technical assistance on ADA telephone relay service requirements. FCC also has jurisdiction over compliance with Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act. Further information is available by calling 888-225-5322 (voice); 888-835-5322 (TTY).

Federal Register
This site not only contains the Federal Register but can access many Government Printing Office documents. It is a "gateway" site with access to most documents available from the Government Printing Office (see below).

Federal Relay Service
The Federal Relay Service (FRS) provides telecommunications services for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have speech disabilities in communicating and conducting business with employees in the federal government.  FRS provides domestic and international coverage to the public and to federal agency personnel seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Federal Transit Administration
FTA regulates and enforces requirements of the ADA covering transportation facilities and systems. FTA maintains a technical assistance line on ADA questions at (888) 446-4511 (voice), (202) 366-0153 (TTY).

General Service Administration Public Building Service
The GSA's Public Buildings Service manages the Accessibility Program for GSA. This program provides liaison and technical staff support to the Administrator and Deputy Administrator concerning accessibility complaints against GSA facilities.

Government Accounting Office
Download or order reports directly from this site. Reports include status of business, schools compliance with the ADA, civil rights issues, as well as transportation issues.

Government Printing Office
The Government Printing Office maintains its own web page with access to the Federal Register, Congressional Record, legislation, etc. Access through a Federal Depository Library gateway (see above) is sometimes easier. Established by a consortium of Federal agencies, this website allows users to find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.  It contains information on more than 900 grant programs offered by 26 Federal agencies.

Internal Revenue Service
IRS provides information about tax code provisions including tax credits (section 44) and deductions (section 190) that can assist businesses in complying with the ADA. These provisions are explained in publication 907 which can be accessed on line or ordered by calling the number below.

The Department of Justice also has information on ADA tax incentives.

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research
The NCDDR's purpose is to enhance the dissemination efforts of NIDRR-funded research projects and to increase the accessibility of research outcomes for the benefit of their consumers, particularly those from minority backgrounds

National Council on Disability
The Council is a federal agency which provides recommendations to the President and Congress on overall policy issues affecting persons with disabilities. The Council developed the concept and much of the statutory language which formed the ADA.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
NIDRR is a division of the U.S. Department of Education which funds a variety of research projects and research centers around the country.

National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST was established by Congress "to assist industry in the development of technology ... needed to improve product quality, to modernize manufacturing processes, to ensure product reliability ... and to facilitate rapid commercialization ...of products based on new scientific discoveries." An agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration, NIST's primary mission is to promote U.S. economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards.

National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation is an independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through programs in almost 20,000 research and education projects in science and engineering. Some projects focus on technology and people with disabilities.

Office of Disability Employment Policy (Department of Labor)
The Office of Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor (previously the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities) answers employment questions and funds the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), which provides advice on accommodating employees with disabilities.

Regulatory Information Service Center
The Regulatory Information Service Center has established the REGINFO.GOV site to assist users who want to find information about Federal, state, and local regulation. The Center is a Federal Government office located in the General Services Administration, with responsibility for gathering and publishing information on Federal regulations.

Smithsonian Institution Accessibility Program
Provides information on accessibility to the Smithsonian Institution, Access Maps of Museums On and Near the National Mall, and Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design.

Tax Incentives - Internal Revenue Service (IRS)IRS provides information about tax code provisions including tax credits (section 44) and deductions (section 190) that can assist businesses in complying with the ADA. These provisions are explained in publication 907 which can be accessed on line or ordered by calling the number below.

The Department of Justice also has information on ADA tax incentives.

This is the site operated by the Library of Congress where one can obtain status and full text of current and last year's legislation, as well as the Congressional Record.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the new entity within the Department of Transportation responsible for protecting the nation’s transit system, has issued guidance to air travelers, including those with disabilities, on new security screening procedures., the official U.S. gateway to all government information, is the catalyst for a growing electronic government. The site provides a powerful search engine and links to information from the federal government, local and tribal governments, and foreign nations around the world.
This site is designed to provide current and accurate information on how to make Web sites and other user interfaces more usable, accessible, and useful. Information is provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the federal government's principal agency for cancer research. The site also links to a variety of quality Web sites and resources on usability, accessibility, and related topics that exist in the field.

U. S. House of Representatives
House bills passed and pending, hearing schedules, etc.

U. S. Senate
Senate bills passed and pending, hearing schedules, etc.

Vocational Rehabilitation State Offices
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), a state-supported division of services, assists individuals with
disabilities pursuing employment. VR assists those individuals to secure gainful employment commensurate with their abilities and capabilities through local job searches and awareness of self-employment and telecommuting opportunities.

The White House
Presidential speeches, press releases and links to Executive Branch agencies.