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

Yes. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) , as well as Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides federal civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities. These laws address equal opportunities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, transportation, state and local government, and telecommunications. For more information, visit www.ada.gov. The Virginians With Disabilities Act (VDA) assures equal …

Who is someone with a disability, according to the Virginians With Disabilities Act ?

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, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The Americans with Disabilities Act does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

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 Judge. …