Links: Legal Information

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Information and technical assistance on the ADA from the United Stated Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

ADA National Network
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels. The ADA National Network consists of ten Regional ADA National Network Centers located throughout the United States that provide local assistance to ensure that the ADA is implemented wherever possible.

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT)
Resources are listed in many categories including general resources, education, technology, legal, social, and political issues.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Contains the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and links to FCC’s Disabilities Issues Task Force that contains press releases and reports that affect telecommunications and technology issues for people with disabilities. See the FCC Disability Rights Office section for specific information about access to telecommunications services and equipment; hearing aid compatibility; access to advanced communications services and equipment; access to Internet browsers built into mobile phones; telecommunications relay services; the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program; accessible video programming and video programming apparatus (access to televised emergency information, closed captioning on television and television programs on the Internet, audio description, and accessible user interfaces, text menus, and program guides).

Federal IT Accessibility Initiative –
Section 508 requires that Federal agencies’ electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. The Federal Information Technology Accessibility Initiative is a Federal government interagency effort to offer information and technical assistance to assist in the successful implementation of Section 508.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
A service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, JAN provides information about job accommodation and the employability of people with functional limitations. Publishes quarterly reports on number of cases handled by state, types of businesses and organizations requesting information, and ADA-related concerns, among many other outcome data statistics.

Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
This site is the source of information about the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and public vocational rehabilitation in Maine.

Maine Department of Education
Site of the Maine Department of Education.

Maine State Government Accessibility Standards for Information Technology
This site is an informational resource for application developers, software contractors and web page designer working with Maine State Government. Includes the Maine State Government – Web Accessibility Policy website which details the accessibility policies established by the Maine State Government Office of the CIO.

Maine State Legislature
Website of the Maine State Legislature. Includes Session Information, listings of members of the House of Representatives, listing of members of the State Senate, and the State Constitution, Statues and Laws.

National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training Center
National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training Center (AT3) is your one-stop connection to information about the Assistive Technology Act, State Assistive Technology Programs, and general assistive technology. The purpose of the AT3 Center is to provide training and technical assistance for all AT Act Section 4 State and Territory Assistive Technology Programs and to support a national internet site that makes general AT information available to the public and other stakeholders.

PEAT – Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology
PEAT is a multi-faceted initiative promoting the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology. Guided by a consortium of policy and technology leaders, PEAT is the only entity of its kind that brings together employers, technology providers, thought leaders, and technology users around the intersecting topics of accessible technology and employment.

United States Access Board
An independent federal agency, the United States Access Board contains information on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended requiring that electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities. In 1998, the Board established an Electronic and Information Technology Access Advisory Committee (EITAAC) to help the Board develop standards under Section 508.

United States Department of Education – Office for Civil Rights
The “reading room” posts information about how to file a discrimination complaint and most of the “Dear Colleague” letter which provide guidance based upon OCR rulings and interpretations of laws/rules.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice. See also: Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is an initiative designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. The program offers comprehensive and detailed instruction programs, useful online web resources, and a toll-free information line for technical guidance and support.

U.S. Department of Justice – Guide to Disability Rights Laws
Government website listing laws related to the rights of disabled Americans. NOTE: Published in 2009.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

U.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Transit Admininstration
The Federal Transit Administration works to ensure nondiscriminatory transportation in support of our mission to enhance the social and economic quality of life for all Americans. The FTA Office of Civil Rights is responsible for civil rights compliance and monitoring to ensure nondiscriminatory provision of transit services.

U.S. Department of Transportation, Aviation Consumer Protection Division
The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, including its Aviation Consumer Protection Division, monitors compliance with and investigates violations of the Department of Transportation’s (Department) aviation economic, consumer protection, and civil rights requirements. The Office also provides legal review and support on aviation economic licensing matters.



Reviewed and revised: 08/27/20 sl