Legal and Advocacy Organizations

What this article is about:  This article provides links to legal and advocacy organizations.

From the American Bar Association

The Local Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

ABA Lawyer Locator

State Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Agencies for Persons With Developmental Disabilities, Mental Illness and the Client Assistance Program (CAP)

Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
1331 F Street, N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, D.C. 20004-1111
(800) USA-ABLE (872-2253) (voice)
(800) 993-2822 (TTY)
(202) 272-0081 (fax)
[email protected] (e-mail)
Provides technical assistance on architectural, transportation, and communications accessibility issues. Issues specific ADA Accessibility Guidelines.

Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room S-1303
Washington, DC 20210
1-866-ODEL-DOL (633-7365)
1-877-889-5627 (TTY)
(202) 693-7888 (Fax)
The Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy as well as practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
1801 L Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20507
(202) 663-4900; (800) 669-4000
(800) 669-6820 (TTY); (202) 663-4494
(202) 663- 4912 (fax)
[email protected] (e-mail)
Promulgates regulations and enforces ADA Title I provisions prohibiting discrimination in employment. Provides technical assistance to employers and persons with disabilities.

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section–NYA
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20530
(202) 514-0301; (800) 514-0301;
(800) 514-0383 (TTY)
(202) 307-1198 (fax)
Promulgates regulations and enforces antidiscrimination provisions under Title II involving public services and under Title III involving public accommodations. Also enforces employment provisions under Title II of the ADA affecting state and local government entities. Provides technical assistance on compliance with ADA Titles II and III.

Department of Justice’s ADA Information Line and Technical Assistance
800-514-0301 (voice)
800-514-0383 (TTY)
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room S-1303
Washington, DC 20210
202-693-7921; 1-866-633-7365
1-877-889-5627 (TTY)
[email protected] (e-mail) is a comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities and many others with the information and resources they need to live full and independent lives in the workplace and in their communities. With 21 federal agencies contributing content to the site, provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology and transportation. Easy to navigate, users are directed to valuable information covering state and local resources, news and events, grants and funding, laws and regulations and more.

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Rd.
240-276-1320 (fax)
Rockville, MD 20857
Coordinates independent agencies in each state to provide technical assistance, information, and referrals on the ADA and other disability laws.


ADA National Network
1-800-949-4232 (to find the ADA Center serving your region)
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.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
1629 K St., NW Suite 503
Washington, DC  20006
(202) 457-0046 (office) V/TTY
(202) 457-0473 (fax)
The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation’s largest cross-disability organization, promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities.

The Arc of the United States
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20006
(202) 783-2229 (office)
(202) 783-5433 (TDD)
(202) 783-8250 (fax)
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
1101 15th Street, NW, Ste. 1212
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 467-5730 (office)
(202) 223-0409 (fax)
The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
P.O. Box 6767
Towson, MD 21285
(410) 372-0208 (phone)
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to enhancing availability and quality of legal representation for parents of children and youth with disabilities, particularly in the field of special education.

Disability Rights Bar Association (DRBA)
900 S. Crouse Avenue
Crouse-Hinds Hall, Suite 300
Syracuse, New York 13244-2130
FAX: (315) 443-9725
[email protected]
Through the DRBA, disability rights attorneys share information and strategies, coordinate litigation and other legal representation strategies, and mentor lawyers and law students who are new to disability rights practice. The DRBA helps lawyers and individuals with disabilities pursue better cases, make more effective arguments, and understand developments in disability rights law and practice.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
3075 Adeline Street, Suite 210
Berkeley, CA  94703
(510) 644-2555 ext. 5247 (Office)
(510) 841-8645 (fax)
[email protected] (e-mail)
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. The mission of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund is to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.

Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC)
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA  90015
(213) 736-1334 (voice); (866) 999-DRLC
(213) 736-1428 (fax)
(213) 736-8310 (TDD)
[email protected] (e-mail)
Provides legal assistance to people with all types of disabilities through high-impact litigation, special education advocacy, cancer legal resources, alternative dispute resolution, and ongoing public outreach.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
918 Chestnut Ridge Road, Suite 1
P.O. Box 6080
Morgantown, WV 26506-6080
(800) 526-7234 (voice)
(877) 781-9403 (TTY)
(800) ADA-WORK
(800) 526-2262 (in Canada)
(304) 293-7186 (in West Virginia)
(304) 293-5407 (fax)
[email protected] (e-mail)
Offers information network and free telephone consulting resource. Maintains data base of successful accommodations. Helps employers and individuals with disabilities use public programs dealing with disabilities.


National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
900 Second Street, N.E., Suite 211
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 408-9514
(202) 408-9521 (TTY)
(202) 408-9520 (fax)
[email protected] (e-mail)
NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP). Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW  Suite 709
Washington, DC  20036
(202) 457-7775 (office)
(202) 457-7773 (fax)
Established in 1979, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives is an association of over 4,000 attorneys and other advocates who represent Social Security and Supplemental Security Income claimants.