Disability Rights Section
Our Mission: To advance the nation's goal of equal opportunity, integration, full participation, inclusion, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities through enforcement, regulation, and technical assistance.
The Disability Rights Section (DRS) works to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and coordinating with federal agencies on the consistent implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). The Section also enforces the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). The Section's enforcement, regulatory, coordination, and technical assistance activities, along with an innovative mediation program, provide a multi-faceted and dynamic approach for carrying out this mission.
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U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
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Washington, DC 20530
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Americans with Disabilities Act
Proposed Title II Web Accessibility Rule Published
The Department of Justice published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) explaining how we propose updating the regulations under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to add more specific requirements about web and mobile app accessibility. The NPRM proposes a specific technical standard that State and local governments would have to follow to meet their existing obligations under Title II of the ADA for web and mobile app accessibility. The NPRM asks the public for comments about this proposal. Below are some key documents:
- Fact Sheet: This document provides a high-level summary of the NPRM. It is designed to provide introductory information about our proposal to help get readers oriented.
- NPRM: The NPRM provides more details about our proposal. It is published in the Federal Register. If you need information in an alternative format, you can call the ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 (voice) or 1-833-610-1264 (TTY).
- Submit Comments on the NPRM – You can submit comments online by October 3, 2023. You can also mail us your comments at Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, P.O. Box 440528, Somerville, MA 02144.
- Benefit-Cost Analysis: This is an analysis of the benefits and costs of the proposed rule, also called the Preliminary Regulatory Impact Analysis (PRIA).
- Press Release
The Disability Rights Section (DRS) enforces the ADA through lawsuits and settlement agreements to achieve greater access, inclusion, and equal opportunity for people with disabilities. Broadly speaking, DRS enforces ADA matters that involve:
- Employment (Title I)
- State and local governments’ services, programs, and activities (Title II)
- Businesses and nonprofits open to the public (Title III)
Our Cases and Other Enforcement Matters
2021 - Present
Go to our cases page on justice.gov/CRT
2006 - 2020
Go to our cases page on archive.ADA.gov
DRS is responsible for developing DOJ’s regulations under Titles II and III of the ADA that explain the rights of people with disabilities and the obligations of those covered by the law.
ADA Technical Assistance
DRS operates a robust ADA technical assistance program to help educate the public about their rights and responsibilities under the ADA, which includes:
- ADA.gov is designed to better empower people to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as understand their rights and others’ rights, by creating and maintaining a website that is modern and user-centered.
- ADA Information Line has accessibility specialists that are available to answer questions from individuals, businesses, and state/local governments.
ADA Mediation Program
DRS oversees the ADA Mediation Program, which assists DOJ resolve ADA complaints through voluntary alternative dispute resolution.
Federal Coordination of Section 504 and Title II of the ADA
DRS is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of Executive agencies’ implementation and enforcement of the nondiscrimination provisions of Section 504 as required by Executive Order 12250. Similarly, DRS also leads the Division's efforts to provide policy guidance and interpretations to designated agencies to ensure consistent and effective implementation of their administrative compliance activities under Title II of the ADA.
Section 504 and ADA Federal Coordination Resources
- Civil Rights Division (CRT) Memorandum on Federal Agencies' Implementation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
- CRT Memorandum Permitting Entities Covered by the Federally Assisted Provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to Use the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design as an Alternative Accessibility Standard for New Construction and Alterations
General Federal Coordination Resources
- Memorandum from Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke re: Executive Order 12250 Clearance Requirements - October 12, 2021
- Clearance Requirements for Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and Related Nondiscrimination Regulations and Policy Guidance Documents
- Department of Justice Regulatory Clearance Role Under EO 12250 Infographic
- Coordination of Federal Agencies' Implementation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act