External Government Disability Resources
Originally named the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, the Access Board is an independent Federal agency which ensures access for those with disabilities. Key responsibilities of the Board include - developing and maintaining accessibility requirements for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology; providing technical assistance and training on these guidelines and standards; enforcing accessibility standards for federally funded facilities.
This document, which appears in its entirety contains scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to buildings and facilities by individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. These requirements apply to all areas of newly designed or newly constructed buildings and facilities and altered portions of existing buildings and facilities covered by titles II and III of the ADA.
The ADA Home Page contains comprehensive information pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some sample topics include employment, agriculture, education, technology and business. A variety of ADA-related publications are also available.
COAST serves as a one-stop-shop for disability related needs for managers, employees and applicants of the Department. COAST provides guidance, counsel and information on reasonable accommodations, related services, issues and organizations for and about people with disabilities.
The Department of Defense (DoD) established the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) in 1990 to improve accessibility for people with disabilities throughout the DoD and remove the cost of accommodations. CAP provides assistive technology as a form of reasonable accommodation to enable a qualified person with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job. CAP's scope is to provide the assistive technology used to modify the computer and telecommunication environment for federal employees with disabilities.
This page links to all the services and resources provided by the FCC to people with disabilities.
The Department of Transportation's Disability Resource Center provides job accommodations and related services to DOT employees and job applicants.
DisabilityInfo.gov is the U.S. Government's Web portal to Federal disability-related information and resources.
The Commission was created in order to enforce equal opportunity laws. The EEOC site contains laws, stats, publications, and news pertaining to current equal opportunity issues.
The United States Office of Personnel Management presents a list of links to organizations and publications related to the employment of people with disabilities. These websites may contain other resources that may be useful.
NCHS, a part of the CDC, is principal health statistics agency of the U.S. It compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of our people. This is an authoritative source for disability-related statistics.
The NCD is an independent agency that makes recommendations to legislatures concerning topics that affect Americans with disabilities. Their purpose is to propose policies, programs and procedures that create equal opportunities for those with disabilities.
Part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NIDCD conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research and research training in normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. The Institute also conducts and supports research and research training in disease prevention and health promotion and the special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with people having communication impairments and disorders.
The NLS is provided by the Library of Congress. The site includes information on library services for the blind, an on-line catalog listing Braille and recorded books available from the NLS and other library services around the world, and reference circulars on a variety of blindness-related topics.
ODEP's mission is to provide leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. Its customers include individuals with disabilities and their families; private employers and their employees; Federal, State, and local government agencies; educational and training institutions; disability advocates and providers of services and government employers. ODEP also provides information on the employment provisions of the ADA.
OPM is the main portal for employment information and connecting job applicants with Federal agencies and departments. OPM connects people and their skills and talents to Federal agencies that need specific human resources and provides these agencies with policies and guidance that enable them to capitalize on these skills and talents. Specific information is available at the "Federal Employment of People with Disabilities" in the "Career Opportunities" area.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that all Federal electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. This site, provided by the General Services Administration, is a tool for Federal employees and the public to access resources for understanding and executing the requirements of Section 508.
This section of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Web site explains the definitions of assistive technology, provides links to information on Federal laws, regulations and standards affecting the assistive technology industry, and other resources on State laws and international standards.
This webpage presents uniform standards for the design, construction and alteration of buildings so that physically handicapped persons will have ready access to and use of them in accordance with the Architectural Barriers Act, 42 U.S.C. 4151-4157.