Political participation is an important way for people with disabilities to integrate with the community and to advocate for greater accessibility. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) upholds the right of people with disabilities to vote and to run for office, yet, in many countries, there are few people with disabilities… Continue reading Utilizing Quotas to Increase Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities
Federal economic support and benefit laws based on disability vary from monetary social security disability income and Medicare healthcare benefits (both of which require individuals to initially qualify by paying into the system for many years through employment wage deductions), to supplemental security income and Medicaid healthcare benefits that are primarily applied for on the… Continue reading Economic Support in the U.S.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or Section 504, can be considered the oldest federal disability civil rights law in the U.S. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in public and private programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The law also covers programs and activities that are conducted by the federal… Continue reading Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that critically extended Section 504’s disability nondiscrimination mandate to the private sector. The ADA reaches such entities as private employers (with 15 or more employees), retailers, service establishments, transportation companies, and telecommunication companies, regardless of whether they receive federal financial assistance. The law is… Continue reading Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
The laws included on the RightsNow! website are primarily rights-oriented laws that prohibit many different kinds of entities, such as individuals, state and municipal governments, private employers and businesses, and service organizations, from discriminating on the basis of disability. However, we include some explanation and links related to the ongoing federal benefits and support laws that pertain… Continue reading National U.S. Disability Laws
Although unemployment among people with disabilities is often high, some places have successfully increased employment rates. Choosing the right mix of policies, programs, and activities can help. But there are also programs that have not gone well. Reviewing what others have done and replicating some of the best practices can help avoid or reduce the… Continue reading Planning for Equal Employment Opportunities
In both developed and developing countries, people with disabilities are less likely to be employed than people without disabilities. Lack of access to employment is part of why people with disabilities are at high risk of poverty. Increasing the employment rates of people with disabilities is a key strategy to reducing poverty. In some countries,… Continue reading Legislation for Promoting Inclusive Employment