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New Fact Sheets Explain Laws That Protect People with Disabilities

Staff at the Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RTC/PICL) has created six new fact sheets to inform people with disabilities about their rights under U.S. laws. They are a few of the resources offered to participants in the RTC/PICL’s “Out and About” intervention, which assists consumers in setting community participation goals and addressing barriers to participation. Each fact sheet includes one or two scenarios that illustrate how understanding disability legislation enables people with disabilities to advocate for change. An additional fact sheet offers information on how to build a support network.


  1. Marja Erwin says

    I’ve contaacted disability and civil rights groups, and my understanding is that we have no legal recourse against the ableist discrimination, violence, and endangerment.

    (I’m photosensitive at low strobe frequencies, such as on turn signals, I’m phonosensitive at certain beep frequencies, and I have hyperacusis.)

    Re: Americans with Disabilities Act

    I understand that ADA standards mandate flashing lights and incapacitatingly loud pain-noises under certain circumstances, such as fire alarms, and permit them under other circumstances, such as turn signals.

    Re: Affordable Care Act

    The web site requires people to attest that they can use phones and/or relay services. Since phones are inaccessible, and relay registration is inaccessible, this explicitely excludes some disabled people. Technically, because of my disabilities, I don’t qualify for the marketplace, though I did when I originally applied.