Islets of Hope Diabetes & disability civil rights resources
By Lahle Wolfe
Source: Publication PA-04-2006; Revised 12/06; Published by Islets of Hope, Diabetes and civil rights law: "An overview of your legal right to equal access to programs, benefits, opportunity, accommodations, education, and employment" Read full publication (.pdf)"
Diabetes and Civil Rights Laws
Diabetes Discrimination Resources and Advocacy Sites
American Bar Association (ABA) - recommends attorneys in your area and sometimes assists in locating free legal assistance. Phone: (800) 285-2221.
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) - A nonprofit organization of attorneys, advocates, and parents. COPAA was established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) - A national law and policy organization that actively pursues protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities. DREDF helped Children With Diabetes file a class action civil rights complaint against the state of California for discriminating against children with diabetes in Northern CA school districts (see sidebar). Call (510) 644-2555.
EDLAW, Inc. - A resource site that not only hosts a list of attorneys that specialize in representing families of children with disabilities, but also provides full-text, up-to-date information on landmark legislation including IDEA and Section 504 legislative issues.
Medtronic Diabetes - Compiled list of diabetes advocacy resources.
National Parent Network on Disabilities - NPND - A nonprofit advocacy organization working to empower parents. by providing information on disabilities. NPND also serves in the role of advocate for the implementation of legislation to protect the rights of children, youth and adults with disabilities. Phone: (202) 463-2299.
National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems - NAPAS - A federally mandated system in each state and territory that protects the rights of persons with disabilities through advocacy. Phone: (202) 408-9514.
Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) - Education Hearings and Appeals - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education the OHA site has a searchable index of hearings and decisions from the OHA. The site also contains detailed instruction on how to file a complaint, a calendar to assist in scheduling a hearing, and contact information for people working at the OHA.
U.S. Department of Education/Office of Civil Rights (DEO/OCR) - A division of the U.S. Department of Education responsible (DEO) responsible for helping to resolve discrimination complaints that fall under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Phone: (800) 421-3481.
U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs (DEO/OSEP) - OSEP operates under the Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), a division of the U.S. Department of Education. OSEP administers programs and projects that fall under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This act seeks to ensure the right to free and appropriate public education of all children, youth and adults with disabilities, from birth to age 21. Phone: (202) 205-5507.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Provides free materials and assistance regarding discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act in programs, services, and activities of state and local government, or violations in public accommodations. Phone: (800) 514-0301.
Page Updated 08/15/2007