I am honored to be the new Executive Director of Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), a national cross-disability civil rights organization whose mission is to champion the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy, and litigation. DRLC encompasses a wide range of practice areas serving people with all types of disabilities, including people affected by cancer and HIV/AIDS.
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Access to Government Services
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees that people with disabilities have equal access to services, programs, and activities offered by public entities, and that guarantee includes employment. A public entity includes any state or local government and any of its departments, agencies or other instrumentalities. All activities, services, and programs of the government are covered. This includes state courts, police and fire departments, law enforcements and schools. The Federal government, however, is not considered a public entity. Rights to federal government services are covered by sections 501 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
DRLC’s expertise includes the following specific areas:
- Education and Schools
- Jail, Prisons, Juvenile Halls and Detention Camps
- Emergency Planning and Preparedness
- Access to Public Sidewalks
- Public Recreation Facilities
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees that no individual may be discriminated against on the basis of disability with regards to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation. Public accommodations include most places of lodging (such as inns and hotels), recreation, transportation, education, and dining, along with stores, care providers, and places of public displays, among other things. DRLC’s expertise includes the following specific areas:
- Tour Buses
- Public Swimming Pools