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Disability Law in the United States: A Beginner's Guide

Federal Legislation and Resources

The U.S. Congress, through its creation and passage of federal legislation, has greatly affected the lives of individuals with disabilities. Federal statutes have empowered federal agencies to enforce anti-discrimination laws, created grant programs that offer support for disabled people under specific circumstances, and provided guidelines for protections regarding education, employment, healthcare, and housing, among others.

The resources below, from the Library of Congress, discuss Library services that promote accessibility, as well as information about disability-related laws and topics. Other information found under this section focuses on federal statutes affecting disability rights, government benefits, and regulatory agencies.