Disabilities Law

Disabilities Law in the United States

Legal Materials

The main U.S. law concerning disabilities is the “Americans With Disabilities Act.” The Act is codified at 42 USC 12101 et seq. (see “United States Code”).

The Department of Labor has an ADA Information line (1-800-514-0301). Also the Disabilities and Business Technical Assistance Center’s library will provide information (800-949-4232).

The Americans with Disabilities Center posts the Act, plus related regulations and documents.

The multi-volume Individuals With Disabilities Education Law Report (LRP Publication) compiles federal statutes and regulations, IDEA policy rulings, Section 504 policy rulings, federal and state court decisions, and SEA appeals decisions.

The Department of Justice Web page posts ADA regulations and DOJ enforcement and settlements on its ADA Home Page.

The Social Security Administration posts information on Benefits For People With Disabilities.

You can link to ADA-related materials through the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws, Cases, and Resources page in the LLSDC’s Legislative Source Book.

The legislative history materials for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Public Law 101-476, as Amended by Pubic Law 102-119) is available in the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library on HeinOnline.

Treatises: Good legal treatises discussing disabilities law include Employment Law Guide to The Americans with Disabilities Act, the multi-volume Disabilities Law Reporter and CCH’s Accommodating Disabilities.

See Also

Employment Discrimination
Labor Law
Social Security
Verdicts and Settlements

Disabilities Law: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Disabilities Law. This part provides references, in relation to Disabilities Law, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Disabilities Law by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Disabilities Law and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Disabilities Law or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Disabilities Law and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Disabilities Law. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Disabilities Law should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Disabilities Law when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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