Disability Rights Education and Defense FundThe Council for Disability RightsDisability Rights AdvocatesAmerican Council of the BlindNational Association for Rights Protection and AdvocacyNational Association of People with AIDSNational Federation of the BlindNational Association of the DeafAmerican Association of People with DisabilitiesTASHUnited Cerebral PalsyThe ArcNational Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems Many organizations fight for the civil rights of people in the United States. Here are some civil rights organizations that deal with discrimination based on race, gender, ethnic background and disability. Some of these sites deal specifically with disability issues. Disability Rights Education and Defense FundThe Disability Rights Education and Defense…
Federal Agency Civil Rights Offices: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil RightsFederal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office for Civil RightsFederal Communications Commission (FCC) Office of Disability RightsFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Civil Rights ProgramU.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office for Civil RightsU.S. Department of Commerce Office for Civil RightsU.S. Department of Education Office for Civil RightsU.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil RightsU.S. Department of Justice Disability Rights SectionU.S. Department of Labor Civil Rights CenterU.S. Department of State Office for Civil RightsU.S. Department of Transportation Office for Civil RightsU.S. Department of the Interior Office for Equal…
The following publications discuss civil rights issues as they relate to various disabilities. Mainstream Online Mainstream Online is an online magazine that was created by and for people with disabilities. The publication advocates for the rights of the disabled. The publication is also a resource for information on a variety of topics and issues for those who are disabled. The Ragged Edge Magazine Online The Ragged Edge Magazine covers a variety of disability topics, but also acts as a voice for civil rights reform. Special ChildSpecial Child is an online publication dealing with issues that face children with disabilities. The…
Communication rights are based on the idea that all people should be able to participate in communicating their ideas and feelings with others., Communication needs may vary depending on the individual's specific disability. Access to alternative forms of communication provides persons with disabilities a greater opportunity to participate in society. Breaking the BarriersBreaking the Barriers is a national effort supported by TASH. It focuses on ensuring that people with disabilities have a way to communication with others. The Public VoiceThe Public Voice works to establish positive international legislation for all people. This website has information and articles about communication rights.…
DeinstitutionalizationOlmstead Decision People with disabilities did not always live in institutions. In the mid 1800's, some of the first services for people with disabilities were in school settings. But in the late 19th century, the medical model view of the time forced institutionalized care. Little changed for almost 100 years and only recently have we come full circle in our view of how best to serve and support our citizens with disabilities. In the 1990's, supporters of people with disabilities helped to create a movement to relocate people with disabilities and the elderly, out of institutionalized care and into residences…
All people benefit from consumer protection. We purchase housing, services and other items for daily living. When what is agreed on at the time of the purchase is not honored then an individual has cause to take action. Consumer Protection Rights can cover problems with the following: Investment (credit card scams, get-rich-quick schemes, and other investment scams) Health (health and fitness clubs, long-term care insurance, medical care, weight loss) Automobiles (car repairs, odometer rollback, "lemon law") Housing and Home (home repair, landlord-tenant law, warranties, door-to-door sales, telemarketing) Entertainment (contest or travel scams, magazine subscriptions, shopping, etc.) In this section you…

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  • Description Federal civil rights laws and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, together protect your fundamental rights of nondiscrimination and health information privacy. Civil Rights help to protect you from unfair treatment or discrimination, because of your race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex (gender), or religion. Federal laws also provide conscience protections for health care providers. The Privacy Rule protects the privacy of your health information; it says who can look at and receive your health information, and also gives you specific rights over that information. In addition, the Patient Safety Act and Rule establish a voluntary reporting system to enhance the data available to assess and resolve patient safety and health care quality issues and provides confidentiality protections for patient safety concerns.
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