ADA Resources and Links

National resources:

The U.S. Department of Justice provides many helpful resources about how to comply with the Ameircans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and prevent discrimination against people with disabilities.  This website also contains links to other federal agencies that enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act (Department of Education, Department of Transportation, Health and Human Services, etc.).  View the website http://www.ada.gov/ or call 800-514-0301 (voice), 800-514-0383 (TTY).

For three decades, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has been the nation's leading legal advocate for people with mental disabilities. Its precedent-setting litigation has outlawed institutional abuse and won protections against arbitrary confinement. In the courts and in Congress, its advocacy has opened up public schools, workplaces, housing and other opportunities for people with mental disabilities to participate in community life.  The Bazelon Center can be reached at http://www.bazelon.org/index.html or 202-467-5730.

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.  The mission of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund is to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.  DREDF can be reached at http://www.dredf.org/index.shtml or 510-644-2555 (voice/TTY).

Regional resources:

The New England ADA Center is one of ten technical assistance centers located throughout the United States.  They provide information and guidance about the ADA as well as information about accessible information technology.  They can be reached at http://adaptiveenvironments.org/neada/site/home or 1-800-949-4232 (voice/TTY).  This is an excellent, free resource and they answer the telephone in person!

Local resources:

The Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) works to promote the dignity, independence, and civil rights of Vermonters with disabilities.VCIL is committed to cross-disability services, the promotion of active citizenship, and working with others to create services that support self-determination and full participation in community life. Founded in 1979,VCIL is a statewide, nonprofit organization directed and staffed by individuals with disabilities.  VCIL can be reached at http://www.vcil.org or 1-800-639-1522 (voice/TTY).

The purpose of the Vermont Family Network (formerly Vermont Parent Information Center and Parent to Parent of Vermont) is to empower parents, families, children and adults who have or are at risk for special needs to be effective advocates for their health, education and well-being.  The organization will provide information, support, advocacy, and promote family-centered policies and practices.  VFN can be reached at http://www.vermontfamilynetwork.org/ or 1-800-800-4005.