There are many organizations that provide legal support for people with disabilities. These organizations support both individuals who are forced to seek legal recourse and the disability community in general with legal advocacy for systems change. Although there are many laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities, they are useless if people do not know about the law or understand how these laws can help them. Legal advocacy organizations provide training and information as well as direct support in challenging enforcement of the law.
Equip for Equality is an independent agency with the primary goal of protecting the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. For more information about Equip for Equality, their programs, priorities and the people they serve, please go to their website at www.equipforequality.org.
The Great Lakes ADA Center in Chicago provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Topics addressed includes the non-discrimination requirements in employment, the obligations of state and local governments and business to ensure that programs, services and activities are readily accessible to and useable by people with disabilities. For more information on the Great Lakes ADA Center and their work, please go to www.adagreatlakes.com.