Civil Rights & Legal Work


Access Living is unique among Centers for Independent Living in its powerful capacity to implement legal strategies that promote the rights of people with disabilities. Access Living legal staff enforce federal, state and local civil rights laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and related laws, which prohibit discrimination. Our attorneys and legal assistants regularly counsel people with disabilities about their civil rights and provide representation in cases implicating important disability rights issues.

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Founded in 1980, Access Living is a community-based, non-profit, non-residential, cross-disability service and advocacy organization operated by and for people with disabilities.

Mission Statement
Access Living fosters the dignity, pride and self esteem of people with disabilities and enhances the options available to them so they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles.

We recognize the innate rights, abilities, needs and diversity of people with disabilities, work toward their integration into community life, and serve as an agent for social change.

Read the entire Civil Rights brochure by downloading the PDF above.