The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

October 2010 Resources updated, August 2012  Sobre el ADA en español | About the ADA in Spanish The Americans with Disabilities Act makes it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality. Passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President on July 26, 1990, the ADA is the first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities. The ADA protects the civil rights of people with disabilities … [Read more...]

Resources Especially for Employers

Resources updated, April 2013 Individuals with disabilities are a vital and dynamic part of our Nation, and their contributions have impacted countless lives. People with disabilities bring immeasurable value to our workplaces, and we will continue to address the challenges to employment that must be overcome...[L]et us rededicate ourselves to fostering equal access and fair opportunity in our labor force, and to capitalizing on the talent, skills, … [Read more...]

Resources Especially for Child Care Providers and Preschools

December 2010 Resources updated, April 2013It's a wonderful thing, to care for children, help them grow and change and learn, and keep them safe on their way. For those of you who help families and children every day by providing child care to the young ones or working in preschools, the rest of us say a profound "thank you." What a job you do! And with our finest treasures, too---our children.Quick-Jump LinksAbout developmental delays and disabilitiesLegal … [Read more...]

Education and Disability Law Articles

As of February 2013Journal Articles on Special Education LawThis section of NICHCY’s website is devoted to bringing you full-length articles on special education and disability law from peer-reviewed journals. We've categorized them below primarily by their area of emphasis. Pick from among articles on:Section 504IDEAState lawsOther topicsBack to top  Section 504Top five Section 504 errors redux. ELA Notes 48(2), 14-15. Zirkel, P. A. (2013) | new!Does … [Read more...]

ADA: Best practices tool kit for state and local governments

This tool kit is designed to teach state and local government officials how to identify and fix problems that prevent people with disabilities from gaining equal access to state and local government programs, services, and activities. It will also teach state and local officials how to conduct accessibility surveys of their buildings and facilities to identify and remove architectural barriers to access. (posted September 7, 2012)  … [Read more...]

Understanding the ADA and Section 504

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) was passed by Congress in December 2008. This significant piece of legislation corrected what Congress considered to be a departure from the intent of the original ADA (passed in 1990) brought about by several narrow interpretations of the law through Supreme Court rulings. This Parent Advocacy Brief from the National Center for Learning Disabilities will help you:understand the changes … [Read more...]

Second Circuit and New York Case Law under the IDEA and Section 504/ADA

February 2013 Read the article (PDF) About This Article With the exception of the District of Columbia, New York is the leading jurisdiction in terms of adjudicated impartial hearings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Thus, its impartial hearing officers may find it beneficial to have a ready source of the judicial precedents in their jurisdiction. This annotated outline is a 11/21/12 compilation of most … [Read more...]

Eleventh Circuit and Florida Court Decisions 1995 to the Present Under the IDEA and Section 504/ADA

February 2013Read the article (PDF)About This ArticleThis annotated outline is a compilation of most of the officially and unofficially published special education decisions issued by the U.S Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit, and the courts in Florida starting in 1995 and ending with the compiling date of 12/15/12.The coverage does not extend to pertinent rulings that are no longer good law and—with limited exceptions—to those specific to overly … [Read more...]

Seventh Circuit and Illinois Law under the IDEA and Section 504/ADA

February 2013Read the article (PDF)About This ArticleThis annotated outline is a compilation of most of the officially and unofficially published special education decisions issued by the Seventh Circuit and the courts in Illinois starting in 1995 and ending with the compiling date of 12/31/12.Because the primary intended use is for Illinois impartial hearing officers (IHOs), the coverage does not extend to pertinent rulings that are no longer … [Read more...]

Q&A about the ADA: Quick reference for child care providers

Questions and Answers about the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Quick Reference for Child Care Providers is an 8-page brief on the requirements of the ADA in general and with respect to child care providers and the services they provide to children with disabilities. The publication is also available in Spanish and in Chinese at the web address below.  (posted February 11, 2013)  … [Read more...]

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