Overview of Disability Rights Laws, Produced by DBTAC - New England ADA Center, ADA National Network

Welcome to a free, self-paced course on federal disability rights laws.

The course will take approximately 90-120 minutes to complete. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

The information below provides details about the course and will help you determine if this program is right for you.


Getting Started


Intended Audience

  • People with disabilities
  • Advocates for people with disabilities
  • Rehabilitation counselors
  • Social service providers
  • Anyone with an interest in disability rights laws
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Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will:

  • Have a general understanding of the major federal disability laws
  • Be able to assess what laws apply in different discrimination scenarios
  • Be aware of resources for help and information about disability rights laws
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Course Structure

The course has four components:

  1. An overview of the legal definition of disability
  2. A scenario which will present events in the life of a fictional couple (Sally and Sam) who have disabilities, and a discussion of the four laws which apply to the various aspects of the scenario
  3. A framework for analyzing common disability discrimination scenarios
  4. An overview of each of the disability rights laws

After completing the course, you will have the option to take a Final Exam. Upon achieving a passing grade, we will provide the information needed to receive continuing education credit.

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Continuing Education Credits

This course has been approved for two 2 clock hour credits from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

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Questions on Registration or the Course

To register click here or click the Register button on the top right .

Any questions or problems,
please contact the New England ADA Center
617-695-0085 voice/tty
800-949-4232 voice/tty (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT).

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Questions on the Americans with Disabilities Act

Contact the ADA Center in your region:
800-949-4232 voice/tty

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This course was developed by the staff of the New England ADA Center, a project of the Institute for Human Centered Design. The course is based, in part, on regulations and technical assistance material written by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The contents of this course were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, NIDRR grant number H133A110028. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

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NE ADA Center Learning Staff
Staff of the New England ADA Center Learning
Top: Josh Safdie, Emmanuel Andrade, and Valerie Fletcher, Principal Investigator
Bottom: Oce Harrison, Kathy Gips, and Ruth Super
DBTAC – New England ADA Center is a project of the Institute for Human Centered Design, 200 Portland Street Boston MA 02114