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Federal Government Disability-Related Resources

  • The Access Board
    The Access Board is an independent federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. The Access Board website includes information on federal guidelines and standards; technical assistance, training and research; and enforcement. The website also contains Access Board publications and links to additional resources.
  • Administration for Community Living
    The Administration on Community Living oversees legislation, policy, and programs associated with community services for older Americans and individuals with disabilities, including developmental disabilities. Programs administered through ACL include Centers for independent living, elder care services, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, State Protection and Advocacy Systems, among others.
  • Census Bureau Data on Disability
    The U.S. Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. The Census Bureau provides data on disability based on three primary sources: the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the decennial census of population, and the Current Population Survey (CPS).
  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a Federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Programs for which CMS is responsible include Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program), HIPAA, CLIA, and the Affordable Care Act. On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over four years and officially goes into effect in 2014 and beyond.
  • Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)
    The Department of Defense (DoD) established the CAP to improve accessibility for people with disabilities throughout the DoD and remove the cost of accommodations. TRICARE, the DoD's military health system serves as the executive agent for CAP. CAP's mission is to provide assistive technology and accommodations to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to the information environment and opportunities in DoD and throughout the Federal government.
  • National Council on Disability
    The National Council on Disability is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on the wide range of issues affecting Americans with disabilities.
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy
    The mission of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy is to provide leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities.
  • Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
    OSEP is located in the U.S. Department of Education and supports programs designed to improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. OSEP also administers the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
    OSERS is located in the U.S. Department of Education and supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.
  • Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
    RSA is located in the U.S. Department of Education and provides national leadership for, and administration and evaluation of, grant programs, service projects and rehabilitation training discretionary grant programs that develop and implement comprehensive and coordinated programs of vocational rehabilitation and supported employment for individuals with disabilities.

    RSA also administers Centers for Independent Living program that are consumer-controlled, community-based non-profit agencies that provide an array of independent living services to people with disabilities. The URL is:
  • Small Businesses and the Americans with Disabilities Act
    Starting a business can be a great opportunity for many people with disabilities. In addition to meeting career aspirations and goals, owning your own business can provide benefits such as work flexibility and financial stability. This page offers resources to help disabled people start, grow and manage a small business.
  • SBA Resources for Veterans
    The mission of the Small Business Administration's Office of Veterans Business Development is to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for Veterans, including Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their Dependents or Survivors. The Office provides access to business training, counseling, technical assistance and mentoring to eligible veterans.
  • SSA Work Site
    The SSA Work Site website is maintained by the Social Security Administration's Office of Employment Support Programs to provide information on employment support programs and other services to assist beneficiaries in making a successful entry into the workforce. This website also includes comprehensive information on the Ticket to Work Program.
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Americans with Disabilities Act Home-Page
    The U.S. Department of Justice's web resource for information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including the text of the law and subsequent regulations, guides, technical manuals, links to federal agencies with ADA responsibilities, informational publications, a toll-free information hotline, news, and mediation services.