Does the law protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities?

Yes. The Virginians With Disabilities Act (VWDA) assures equal opportunity to persons with disabilities in Virginia. The VWDA prohibits discrimination by public and private agencies, businesses, and educational institutions against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides federal civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of …

Who is someone with a disability, according to the VWDA?

A person with a disability is anyone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more “major life activities” or has a record of such impairment and meets other requirements. This includes people who test positive with HIV.

How do I take care of myself if I am disabled?

A person who is disabled may apply for Social Security Disability if he or she has a work record or apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if there is an insufficient work record. Applications are filed at the local Social Security Administration Office. If your application is denied, you may appeal and have the matter heard by an Administrative Law …