A Guide to Disability Rights Laws, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section (March 2017)

Guides (Legal or Medical)

Prepared by the U.S. Department of Justice and updated in March 2017, this guide provides a basic overview of federal laws that offer antidiscrimination protections to people with disabilities, including people living with HIV/AIDS. Statutory citations and links and contact information for the federal agencies and organizations charged with enforcement of these laws are included. Laws covered in this guide include, but are not limited to: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications; the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing discrimination on several bases, including disability, race, and sex, in private housing, housing that receives federal financial assistance, and state and local government housing; and the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by or receiving financial assistance from the federal government, in federal employment, and in the employment practices of federal contractors.