Legal and Advocacy Resources

ADA National Network 
Toll Free:  800/949-4232
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American Bar Association (ABA) – Commission on Disability Rights
Phone:  202/662-1000, 202/662-1570

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Through precedent-setting litigation and in the public policy arena, the Bazelon Center works to advance and preserve the rights of people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.
Phone: 202/467-5730 (V), 202/467-4232 (TDD)
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Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights
Toll Free:  800/368-1019 (V), 800/537-7697 (TTY)
Locate a local OCR office:

Department of Justice ADA Information Line
Toll Free:  800/514-0301 (V), 800/514-0383 (TTY)
ADA specialists are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. EST, except on Thursday when the hours are 12:30 PM until 5:30 PM.

Department of Justice Information on Section 508
Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
DREDF is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.
Phone:  510/644-2555 (V), 510/841-8645 (TTY)

Handbook on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PDF)
From the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Justice in Aging formerly the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)
Phone: 202/ 289-6973
NSCLC Archive:
LawHelp helps low and moderate income people find free legal aid programs in their communities, and answers to questions about their legal rights.

Links to Protection and Advocacy Organizations through AIDD

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
NDRN is a nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities.
Phone: 202/408-9514 (V), 202/408-9521 (TTY)

National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR)
Toll Free:  800/431-2804

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
PAF is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment, and preservation of their financial stability.
Toll Free: 800/532-5274

The People’s Law: Free Legal Help and Legal Research on the Web
This article contains various links to free legal resources.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – ADA
Toll Free:  800/669-4000 (V), 800/669-6820 (TTY)
Field Office List:

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) — For text of ADA, Tech Act, etc.
Toll Free:  866/512-1800

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