Access Living is unique among Centers for Independent Living in its capacity to implement legal strategies to promote the rights of persons 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 against persons with disabilities. Attorneys and legal assistants counsel persons with disabilities about their civil rights and provide representation in cases implicating important disability rights issues.
The legal enforcement mission consists of four principle
counseling persons with disabilities about their civil rights and empowering them to advocate for themselves in fighting civil rights
advocating for systemic change using non-litigation strategies that advance or protect civil rights protections for persons with disabilities;
representing persons with disabilities in cases implicating important civil rights protections and/or systemic civil rights issues; and
educating the general public, including government officials, business professionals, school systems, service providers and others, about the civil rights of persons with disabilities.