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Provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity."
Provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, f
Provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, f

Provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, f
Provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, f

Provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, f


Federal Government

Access BoardIndependent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the board is now a leading source of information on accessible design.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Disability Impacts All of Us
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Department of Education

Editor's PickOffice of Special Education Programs  
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Find parent centers in your state that provide training and information about infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and young adults with disabilities. GO >
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ED grants, reports, and other publications related to improving education for Americans with disabilities. GO >
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Find organizations in your state that address disability-related issues. Includes state agencies, state chapters of disability organizations, parent groups, and parent training and information projects. GO >
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Clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Provides information on educational support services, policies and procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training organizations.GO >
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Department of Health and Human ServicesHHS administers more than 100 programs across its operating divisions. HHS programs protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
  • Aging.gov: Programs, services, and tools specifically designed to help older individuals, their caregivers and their communities.
  • BeTobaccoFree.gov: Consumer guide to tobacco information, including health effects of tobacco, nicotine and electronic cigarettes, and tips to quit tobacco use and never start smoking.
  • Foodsafety.gov: Gateway to food safety information provided by U.S. government agencies. Help prevent food poisoning by learning about the four steps to food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill. Also find information about the different types of food poisoning and how to avoid it.
  • HealthCare.gov: Information about health insurance plans.
  • HHS.gov/HealthCare: Facts about the Affordable Care Act including an overview of its key features and reference the text of the full law.
  • HHS.gov./Hepatitis: Information about how HHS is dealing with the silent epidemic of viral hepatitis. Most people with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) don’t have symptoms until the later stages of the infection.
  • HHS.gov/Opioids: Learn more about pain management, prescription opioids and heroin, treatment and recovery, and overdose response. The site includes resources for health professionals, law enforcement, parents, and others.
  • HHS.gov/Zika: Information on the Zika virus, what HHS is doing to fight Zika, and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones. The site also includes information on safe travel to Zika-affected countries.
  • HIV.gov: HIV/AIDS information from the Federal government about prevention, testing, treatment, research, and how social media is being used in response to HIV/AIDS. HIV.gov also includes a Service Locator, a location-based search tool for finding HIV testing sites and care services.
  • MentalHealth.gov: One-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. MentalHealth.gov explains the basics of mental health, myths and facts and more.
  • MentalHealth and Addiction Insurance Help: The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 requires health insurers and group health plans to provide the same level of benefits for mental and/or substance use treatment and services that they do for medical/surgical care and was expanded so that qualified plans offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace cover many behavioral health treatments and services.
  • StopBullying.gov: Provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889
Website: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org(link is external)
24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers.
SAMHSA's National Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (4357)
TTY: 1-800-487-4889

Website: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.
Disaster Distress Helpline
Website: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster. Call this toll-free number to be connected to the nearest crisis center for information, support, and counseling.
Veteran's Crisis Line
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889

Website: www.veteranscrisisline.net(link is external)
Connects veterans in crisis (and their families and friends) with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
Drug-Free Workplace
1-800-WORKPLACE (967-5752)
Website: www.samhsa.gov/workplace/resources/drug-free-helpline
Assists employers and union representatives with policy development, drug testing, employee assistance, employee education, supervisor training, and program implementation.
  • Vaccines.gov: Gateway to information about vaccines and immunizations for infants, children, teens, adults and seniors. Get the basics, check immunization and vaccination schedules and learn about the diseases that vaccination can control.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Nation's health protection agency works to guard the nation from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and domestic. Fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same, and conducts critical science and provides health information.

National Institutes of HealthMade up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. NIH leadership plays an active role in shaping the agency’s activities and outlook.
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI): NCI leads a national effort to eliminate the suffering and death due to cancer. Through basic and clinical biomedical research and training, NCI conducts and supports research that will lead to a future in which we can prevent cancer before it starts, identify cancers that do develop at the earliest stage, eliminate cancers through innovative treatment interventions, and biologically control those cancers that we cannot eliminate so they become manageable, chronic diseases.
  • National Eye Institute (NEI): The National Eye Institute’s mission is to conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI): The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives. The NHLBI stimulates basic discoveries about the causes of disease, enables the translation of basic discoveries into clinical practice, fosters training and mentoring of emerging scientists and physicians, and communicates research advances to the public.
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI): NHGRI is devoted to advancing health through genome research. The Institute led NIH’s contribution to the Human Genome Project, which was successfully completed in 2003 ahead of schedule and under budget. Building on the foundation laid by the sequencing of the human genome, NHGRI’s work now encompasses a broad range of research aimed at expanding understanding of human biology and improving human health. In addition, a critical part of NHGRI’s mission continues to be the study of the ethical, legal and social implications of genome research.
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA): NIA leads a national program of research on the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of the aging process; the prevention of age-related diseases and disabilities; and the promotion of a better quality of life for all older Americans.
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): NIAAA conducts research focused on improving the treatment and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems to reduce the enormous health, social, and economic consequences of this disease.
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID): NIAID research strives to understand, treat, and ultimately prevent the myriad infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases that threaten millions of human lives.
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): NIAMS supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research, and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB): The mission of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The Institute is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care.
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): NICHD research on fertility, pregnancy, growth, development, and medical rehabilitation strives to ensure that every child is born healthy and wanted and grows up free from disease and disability.
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD): NIDCD conducts and supports biomedical research and research training on normal mechanisms as well as diseases and disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language that affect 46 million Americans.
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR): NIDCR provides leadership for a national research program designed to understand, treat, and ultimately prevent the infectious and inherited craniofacial-oral-dental diseases and disorders that compromise millions of human lives.
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): The mission of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is to conduct and support medical research and research training and to disseminate science-based information on diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases, nutritional disorders, and obesity; and kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases, to improve people’s health and quality of life.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. 
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS): The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS): The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. NIGMS-funded scientists investigate how living systems work at a range of levels, from molecules and cells to tissues, whole organisms and populations. The Institute also supports research in certain clinical areas, primarily those that affect multiple organ systems. To assure the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise, NIGMS provides leadership in training the next generation of scientists, in enhancing the diversity of the scientific workforce, and in developing research capacities throughout the country.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): NIMH provides national leadership dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing mental illnesses through basic research on the brain and behavior, and through clinical, epidemiological, and services research.
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD): The mission of NIMHD is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities. To accomplish its mission, NIMHD plans, reviews, coordinates, and evaluates all minority health and health disparities research and activities of the National Institutes of Health; conducts and supports research in minority health and health disparities; promotes and supports the training of a diverse research workforce; translates and disseminates research information; and fosters innovative collaborations and partnerships.
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): The mission of NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. To accomplish this goal the NINDS supports and conducts basic, translational, and clinical research on the normal and diseased nervous system. The Institute also fosters the training of investigators in the basic and clinical neurosciences, and seeks better understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neurological disorders.
  • National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR): The mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is to promote and improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. NINR supports and conducts clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and improve palliative and end-of-life care.
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM): NLM collects, organizes, and makes available biomedical science information to scientists, health professionals, and the public. The Library’s Web-based databases, including PubMed/Medline and MedlinePlus, are used extensively around the world. NLM conducts and supports research in biomedical communications; creates information resources for molecular biology, biotechnology, toxicology, and environmental health; and provides grant and contract support for training, medical library resources, and biomedical informatics and communications research.
  • NIH Clinical Center (CC): The NIH Clinical Center, America’s research hospital, provides a versatile clinical research environment enabling the NIH mission to improve human health by investigating the pathogenesis of disease; conducting first-in-human clinical trials with an emphasis on rare diseases and diseases of high public health impact; developing state-of-the-art diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic interventions; training the current and next generations of clinical researchers; and, ensuring that clinical research is ethical, efficient, and of high scientific quality.
  • Center for Information Technology (CIT): CIT incorporates the power of modern computers into the biomedical programs and administrative procedures of the NIH by focusing on three primary activities: conducting computational biosciences research, developing computer systems, and providing computer facilities.
  • Center for Scientific Review (CSR): The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. CSR organizes the peer review groups or study sections that evaluate the majority (70%) of the research grant applications sent to NIH. CSR also receives all grant applications for NIH, as well as for some other components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Since 1946, the CSR mission has remained clear and timely: to see that NIH grant applications receive fair, independent, expert, and timely reviews — free from inappropriate influences — so NIH can fund the most promising research.
  • Fogarty International Center (FIC): FIC promotes and supports scientific research and training internationally to reduce disparities in global health.
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS): The mission of NCATS is to catalyze the generation of innovative methods and technologies that will enhance the development, testing, and implementation of diagnostics and therapeutics across a wide range of human diseases and conditions.
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): The mission of NCCIH is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health interventions and their roles in improving health and health care.

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Disability and Equal Housing Opportunity
Department of Justice
Disability Rights Section
Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics Summary
Veterans' Employment and Training Service
Office of Disability Employment Policy
Only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.
Disability Resources (disAbility.gov)
Disability Rights Section
Department of Transportation
Traveling with a Disability
Department of Veterans Affairs

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention:  Field-based program of Patient Care Services, the center advocates for health promotion, disease prevention and patient health education and advises Veterans Health Administration leadership on evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention policy. Provides programs, education, resources, coordination, guidance and oversight for the field to enhance health, well-being, and quality of life for veterans. To accomplish this mission, NCP partners with colleagues within and outside VHA.

National Council on Disability: Independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of presidential and congressional appointees, an executive director appointed by the chair and a full-time professional staff.
National Disability Employment Policy, From the New Deal to the Real Deal: Joining the Industries of the Future (2018 report)
National Endowment for the Arts:  Independent federal agency that funds, promotes and strengthens the creative capacity of U.S. communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities
Creating Successful Museum Experiences for Children with Disabilities
Dancing with Disability: A Look at the Infinity Dance Theater
Department of State
Travelers with Disabilities: Research Your Destination
Veterans Health Administration: Largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,243 healthcare facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,062 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to more than 9 million veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare program. Offers tools and information to help veterans reach their optimal health. Tools such as My HealtheVet enable veterans to manage your medical priorities through an online prescription refill service, personal health journal and links to Federal and VA benefits. Use the health support services listed below to maintain veterans' physical and mental wellness: 
  • Blind Rehabilitation: Support for blind and low-vision veterans and their families.
  • Caregivers/Caregiving: Support and services for those who care for veterans. Chaplain: Attending to the spiritual health needs of veterans.
  • Community Living Centers: Short-stay and long-stay nursing home care for veterans who are medically and mentally stable.
  • Compensated Work Therapy: Vocational rehabilitation program that endeavors to match and support work-ready veterans in competitive jobs.
  • Dental Care Benefits: Facts regarding dental eligibility criteria and information to assist Veterans in understanding their eligibility for VA dental care.
  • Disease Prevention: Advocating for health promotion, disease prevention and health education for veterans.
  • Fisher House: "Home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.
  • Geriatrics & Extended Care: Geriatric and extended care services for veterans that include non-institutional and institutional options.
  • Homeless Services: Variety of resources, programs and benefits to assist veterans who are homeless.
  • Mental Health: Maintaining and improving the health and well-being of veterans through excellence in health care, social services, education and research. MyHealtheVet: Anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services.
  • National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding and treatment of PTSD.
  • Patient-Centered Care: Empowers veterans to define and achieve their own lifelong goals. Prescriptions: Online prescription refills provided through My HealtheVet (requires login).
  • Prosthetics and Sensory Aids: Premier source of prosthetic and orthotic services, sensory aids, medical equipment and support services for veterans.
  • Readjustment Counseling (Vet Centers): Offers services to eligible veterans and their families in an effort to aid their successful transition from military to civilian life.
  • Rural Health: Improving access and quality of care for veterans living in rural areas. Smoking Cessation: Resources and tools to help smokers quit.
  • Substance Abuse Programs: Treatments addressing all types of problems related to substance use, from unhealthy use of alcohol to life-threatening addictions. Telehealth: Connecting health records and services to veterans and providers.
  • Veterans Crisis Line: Veterans Crisis Line (Dial 1 (800) 273-8255 and Press 1) is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders.
  • Weight Management: MOVE! program helps veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health. MOVE!’s core ideas — encouraging healthy eating behavior, increasing physical activity and promoting even small weight losses — are easy to follow and based on the latest in nutrition science.
  • Women Veterans Health Care: Implementing positive changes in the provision of care for all women veterans.
Disability.gov: The U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide.
Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles: Under the ADA, DOT issues and enforces accessibility standards for transportation vehicles that are based on the Board’s ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) for Transportation Vehicles.  These requirements apply to new or remanufactured vehicles covered by the ADA, including buses and vans, rail cars (rapid, light, commuter, intercity, high-speed, and monorail), automated guideway vehicles, and trams and similar vehicles. General Services Administration: Provides workplaces by constructing, managing and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate. GSA's acquisition solutions offer private sector professional services, equipment, supplies and IT to government organizations and the military. GSA also promotes management best practices and efficient government operations through the development of governmentwide policies/
Section508.gov: Government-wide IT Accessibility Program
Internal Revenue Service
Tax Highlights for People With Disabilities (2017 tax year)
National Institutes of Health
: Largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
National Institute of Mental Health: Lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.
Social Security Administration Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs: Information on the Extra Help program. Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia.
Department of Health and Human Services
  • Disabilities (Healthfinder.gov): Information about disabilities from healthfinder.gov, a government website with information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.
  • Disabilities en español (Healthfinder.gov): Spanish-language information about disabilities from healthfinder.gov, a government website with information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.
  • Disabilities (MedlinePlus®): Information about disabilities provided by the National Library of Medicine at NIH.
  • Discapacidades (MedlinePlus®): Spanish-language information about disabilities provided by the National Library of Medicine at NIH.
  • Get Help: People with Disabilities (Administration for Community Living): Resources to connect people with disabilities, caregivers, families, and professionals to federal, national, and local programs and information.
  • Discrimination on the Basis of Disability (Office for Civil Rights): Learn more about HHS’ role in enforcing non-discrimination requirements related to health care and social services programs.
  • Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Administration for Community Living): The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are able to fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life in the United States and its territories.
FAQ: What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
FAQ: What agencies advocate for persons with disabilities?

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