Laws, Policies, Rights & Regulations Resources
Agents of Their Own Success: Self-Advocacy Skills and Self-Determination for Students with Disabilities in the Era of Personalized Learning
This emphasis on student agency, self-awareness, and self-advocacy is important for all students, but especially for students with disabilities who will have to advocate more proactively for their needs in higher education, the workforce, and community life.
Impacts of SSI on Other Government Programs
Part of the Understanding Supplemental Security Income SSI And Other Government Programs — 2018 Edition, with information on Medicaid/Medicare, SNAP, TANF, health insurance for children, needs-based state and local assistance, SSI, etc.
Social Security Disability SSI — Eligibility Requirements and Criteria to Qualify
Part of the Social Security Disability SSI Resource Center Web page of Information, discusses what the Social Security Administration considers a disability that rules out a person’s ability to work and earn a livable income (as defined by the federal government).
Law and Guidance Overview
This page from the Department of Education provides links to legislation, regulations, guidance, and other policy documents for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and other topics.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
This is the home page for the official US Department of Education IDEA page. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.
The Workforce and Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)
The WIOA Resource Page provides information and resources for States, local areas, non-profits and other grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of the Act. This page is updated to reflect newly developed materials, including responses to frequently asked questions.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA website provides publications and videos that answer many questions, including: What is the ADA? Who is a person with a disability? Who must comply with the ADA? Where can you call to ask questions about the ADA?
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
This is the Department of Education’s page on the Rehabilitation Act as amended through P.L. 114–95, enacted December 10, 2015. A link to the law in pdf form is available.
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
A Partner Resource | The NDRN delivers state-of-the-art training, technical assistance and networking. Its Training & Advocacy Support Center (TASC) is designed to enhance the advocacy functions of the Protection & Advocacy agencies (P&As) and Client Assistance Programs (CAPs) in their efforts to protect the civil rights of persons with disabilities and prevent and/or remedy abuse and neglect of those who reside in institutions, other facilities and the community.
SSI Law and Regulations Finder
This Law and Regulations Finder is designed to assist you in quickly locating some of the most frequently used sections of the SSI Law and Regulations.
Olmstead: Community Integration for Everyone
The Olmstead decision details how public entities must provide community-based services to persons with disabilities when certain conditions are met.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by federal agencies, in programs receiving federal financial assistance, in federal employment and in the employment practices of federal contractors.