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

The Virginians With Disabilities Act (VDA) assures equal opportunity to persons with disabilities in Virginia. The VDA prohibits discrimination state agencies, businesses, and educational institutions against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. For information on the VDA in general, contact the Disability Law Center of Virginia at 1-800-552-3962. The Disability Law Center has a very helpful page entitled “Coming of Age: Are you turning 18 or a young adult and wondering what to do next?

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