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Commission on Disability Rights

The Commission works to promote the ABA's commitment to justice and the rule of law for people with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities, and to promote their full and equal participation in the legal profession.

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About Us

Our Commissioners, Liaisons, and staff are dedicated attorneys and advocates, many of whom practice disability law or have disabilities themselves. Learn more about the Commission on Disability Rights and its history.

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Support Us

Your support of the Commission on Disability Rights is greatly appreciated and will help us continue our work to promote the ABA's commitment to justice and the rule of law for persons with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities and their full and equal participation in the legal profession.

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CDR Statement RE: 504 Regulation

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced an update to regulations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that will prohibit all programs and activities that receive funding from HHS from discriminating against people with disabilities by eliminating barriers to health care and social services.

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Resources

Law School Disability Programs

This first-of-its-kind online directory contains the best available information from ABA-accredited law schools concerning their disability-related programming, such as disability support services/offices, curricular and co-curricular options for disability law and disability rights, and relevant clinical programs.

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State Bars: Disability and DEI Groups

The State Bar Disability and DEI Groups Directory was created to help lawyers find information about committees, sections, etc. that focus on disabled attorneys, disability law, mental health law, and diversity in general or specific to women, LGBTQ+ people, and marginalized racial and ethnic groups.

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Accessibility Resources

No matter what you're working on, ensuring universal accessibility for people with disabilities is key. Our free resources and guides can help you understand how to approach accessibility, compliance with the ADA and other laws, and how to make sure no one is left out.

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All Resources

We offer many more resources for lawyers, law students, legal organizations, and other legal professionals and entities.

Policy

Resolution 506

Resolution 506 urges national, state, local, territorial and tribal law and policy-making bodies to adopt the provisions of the Guardianship Bill of Rights, promulgated by the National Guardianship Network in 2022 and protect the right to Due Process in guardianship proceedings.

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Resolution 514

Resolution 514 urges Congress to fund fully the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) at the maximum level that Congress originally authorized, which is 40 percent of a state’s excess costs for educating students with disabilities under the Act.

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All Policy

Read more about resolutions passed by the ABA House of Delegates for which the CDR was a sponsor or cosponsor, or which directly address issues in disability law.

Events, Initiatives & Awards

Pledge for Change

In furthering its commitment to diversity in the legal profession, the ABA Commission is promoting A Pledge for Change, a one-page pledge for legal employers to sign that affirms the signatory’s commitment to diversity, specifically disability diversity.

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Spotlight

The CDR Spotlight is a feature that highlights an attorney or law student with a disability who is an asset to the profession.

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All Events, Initiatives & Awards

Learn about our various initiatives and programs, including our Pledge for Change: Disability Diversity in the Legal Profession, a mentorship program for lawyers and law students with disabilities, awards for lawyers and legal employers, and more.

Webinars, CLEs & Publications

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Pursuing Justice and Embracing Challenges: Judge David S. Tatel's Journey

June 13, 2024 | In this webinar, Judge David S. Tatel will reflect – as chronicled in his memoir Vision: A Memoir of Blindness and Justice – on his journey in pursuit of justice from a curious student to a passionate civil rights lawyer to a seasoned federal judge who served 30 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, as well as his more private journey from denial to acceptance of his blindness.

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LSAC Survey of Disabled Law Students Webinar

Listen to a recording of our free webinar discussing the findings of LSAC’s survey of 2022 law school matriculants to learn about the experiences, thoughts, and needs of students with disabilities.

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Webinar Archive

A list of some of recent webinars on a wide variety of disability-related topics, sponsored or co-sponsored by the Commission on Disability Rights.

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All Webinars, CLEs & Publications

View our free webinars, Continuing Legal Education programs (CLEs), and publications. All ABA CLEs are closed captioned.

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