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 race, sex, and religion. The ADA addresses equal opportunities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, transportation, state and local government, and telecommunications.

For information on the VWDA, contact the Disability Law Center of Virginia at 1-800-552-3962 or 1-804-225-2042 or visit its website. For information on the ADA, contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 1-800-669-4000 or visit its website.

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