Advocacy and Protection

Advocacy and Legal Rights

Many of the fifty states have advocacy and protection services for persons with disabilities. Their goal is to protect, promote, and expand the rights of the disabled. General beliefs across the board are that:

  • Persons with disabilities should have the same opportunity to participate in the community as persons without disabilities.
  • Persons with disabilities have the right to reasonable accommodations that are needed for full participation.
  • Persons with disabilities have the right to be afforded meaningful choices and to make informed decisions.

Advocacy and Legal Rights in Your State

Alabama:
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
Southeast Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center

Alaska:
Access Alaska
Alaska Legal Resource Center
Disability Law Center of Alaska

Arizona:
Advocates for the Disabled
Arizona Disability Law

Arkansas:
Disability Rights

Colorado:
Rocky Mountain ADA Center

Connecticut:
Advocacy and Legal Rights

District of Columbia:
Department on Disability Services

Florida:
Advocacy Center
Southeaset Disability & Business Technical Assistance
FL Developmental Disabilities Council

Georgia:
Advocacy Center

Hawaii:
Advocacy Center

Idaho:
Advocacy
Idaho Task Force

Illinois:
Chicago Adapt
Council for Disability Rights
Great Lakes Disability & Business Technical Assisitance
Illinois Dept of Human Services - Client Assisitance
Illinois Department of Human Rights

Indiana:
Indiana Civil Rights Commission
Indiana Protection and Advocacy services

Iowa:
Iowa Department of Human Rights
ADA Iowa

Kansas :
Great Plains Business & Disabilty Technical Assisitance Center
Kansas Human Rights Commission
State of Kansas Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator

Kentucky:
Kentucky Commission of Human Rights

Louisiana :
Louisiana House of Representatives Services Information
Advocacy Center of Louisiana

Maine:
Disability Resources

Maryland:
State of Maryland Deaprtment of Disabilities

Massachusetts:
Disability Law Center
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
Massachusetts Office on Disability
New England ADA Technical Assistance Center

Michigan:
Michigan Advocacy and Legal Rights

Minnesota:
Great Lakes ADA Center
Minnesota Department of Human Rights

Mississippi:
Southeast Disability and Busness Technical Assiatnace center

Missouri:
Missouri Protection & Advocacy Services

Montana:
Disability Rights Montana
Montana ADA

Nebraska:
Nebraska Disabilities and ADA
Nebraska Advocacy Services

Nevada:
Nevada ADA
Nevada Disabilty Advocacy and Law Center

New Hampshire :
Client Assistance Program
New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights
People First of New Hampshire

New Jersey:
Community Health Law Project
New Jersey Protection and Advocacy

New Mexico:
Disability Rights New Mexico

New York:
Self-Advocacy Association of New York State

North Carolina:
Southeast Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (SE DBTAC)

North Dakota:
Rocky Mountain Disability and Business Technical Center (DBTAC) ADA Information Center

Ohio:
ADA-OHIO
Great Lakes Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center
Disabilty Rights Ohio

Oklahoma:
Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc.

Oregon:
Disability Rights Oregon

Pennsylvania :
Center for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP)
Mid-Atlantic Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center
Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy

Puerto Rico:
Puerto Rico Health & Disability Programs

Rhode Island:
Rhode Island Disabilty Law Center

South Carolina:
Southeast Disability & Technical Assistance Center

South Dakota:
Rocky Mountain Disability and Business Technical Assisitance Center (DBTAC)
South Dakota Advocoacy Services
Rocky Mountain ADA Center

Tennessee:
TN Department of Human Services

Texas:
ADAPT of Texas
Add Disability Rights Texas

Utah:
Disability Law Center

Rocky Mountain Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC)

 

Vermont:
Disability Law Project
Vermont Division of Advocacy & Independent Living

Virginia:
ADA Information Center for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Washington :
Disabilty Rights Washington
Washington Protection and Advocacy System (WPAS)

West Virginia:
ADA Information Center for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Wisconsin:
ADA Wisconsin Partnership
Client Assistance Program
Great Lakes ADA Center

Wyoming:
Rocky Mountain Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC)