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Advocacy, Support & Technical Assistance
- ADA Architectural Guidelines (ADAAG)
ADAAG serves as the basis for standards used to enforce the design requirements of the ADA. These standards are maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). It is these standards that the public is required to follow. Regulations issued from these agencies provide important information on using and applying the standards.
- AIDS Alliance for Faith and Health
AAFH's vision is to integrate faith and health in a compassionate response to the AIDS pandemic; and, its guiding principle is to reduce or eliminate the financial barriers to integrative health and healthcare. For more information please visit http://www.aidsalliance.org.
- AID Atlanta Inc.
The mission of AID Atlanta is to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life of its members and the community by breaking barriers and building community. For more information please visit www.aidatlanta.org or call (404) 870-7700.
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
The American Association of People with Disabilities, the country's largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change – politically, economically, and socially. AAPD was founded in 1995 to help unite the diverse community of people with disabilities, including their family, friends and supporters, and to be a national voice for change in implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For more information please visit www.aapd.com.
American Childhood Cancer Society
American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) began in 1970 by a group of parents whose children had been diagnosed with cancer. They came together to lobby for more research, and to support each other through the diagnosis and treatment of this life threatening disease at a time when very few children survived. Today, ACCO is one of the largest grassroots, national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with cancer and their families. For more information please visit www.acco.org
Americans With Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, provides comprehensive civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, state and local government services and telecommunications. www.ada.gov/pubs/ada.htm
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
AUCD is a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. For more information please visit www.aucd.org.
Bainbridge Advocacy Individual Network, Inc.
BAIN is a Center for Independent Living dedicated to promoting independence and improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in South Georgia. BAIN, Inc is a non-profit, non-residential center serving eleven counties throughout southwest Georgia. For more information please visit www.baincil.org/ or call 229-246-0150/1-888-830-1530 (toll-free).
Burton Blatt Institute
The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former dean of SU’s School of Education and a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities. BBI has offices in Syracuse, NY, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Lexington, KY. For more information please visit https://bbi.syr.edu/about/.
Civil Rights Division Frequently Requested Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) processed records
The Department of Justice (DOJ) generally is required under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to disclose records requested in writing by any person. However, agencies may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the statute. The FOIA applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies. Each state has its own public access laws that should be consulted for access to state and local records. http://www.foia.gov/
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. For more information please visit https://www.c-c-d.org/index.php
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Georgia Chapter
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a non-profit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. For more information please visit www.cff.org/Chapters/georgia or call (404) 325-6973.
The mission of Disability Connections is to enable all people with disabilities to attain and have access to all opportunities in life. For more information please visit www.disabilityconnections.com or call 478-741-1425.
Located in Atlanta, disABILITY Link is a center for rights and resources for individuals with disabilities. disABILITY Link is committed to promoting the rights of all people with disabilities. For more information please visit www.disabilitylink.org or call (404) 687-8890 (Voice), or (404) 687-9175 TTY, or (800) 239-2507 (Voice/TTY).
Disabled American Veterans
The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) charity dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families. For more information please visit www.dav.org.
Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. For more information please visit www.easterseals.com
Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia
The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research. For more information please visit www.epilepsyga.org or call (404) 527-7155/ (800) 527-7105 (Toll-free).
Federal Communications Commission Disability Rights Office (FCC)
It is a very high priority with the FCC Disability Rights Office that people with disabilities--such as a hearing, visual, speech, or other types of disability--get the same opportunities as everyone else to telecommunicate. For more information please visit www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro or call 1(888)-225-5322.
Focus' mission is to help children who are medically fragile or have significant developmental and/or physical disabilities. FOCUS' comfort with hospital visits and support groups, offer hope by information and education, provide fun activities for parents and kids and help to make equipment available to children in need. For more information please visit https://focus-ga.org or call (770) 234-9111.
Georgia Department of Community Health
The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) was created in 1999 to serve the lead agency for health care planning and purchasing issues in Georgia. The General Assembly created DCH by consolidating four agencies involved in purchasing, planning and regulating health care. In 2009, the Division of Public Health and Emergency Preparedness transitioned to DCH. The department is also designated as the single state agency for Medicaid. For more information please visit www.dch.georgia.gov or call (404) 656-4507.
Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS)
DHS is Georgia's human service agency whose mission is to strengthen Georgia families by providing services through about 80 programs that ensure their health and welfare. www.dhs.georgia.gov
Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner State Fire Marshal’s Office
The responsibilities of the Fire Marshal’s Office fall into five main categories: building inspection, manufactured housing inspection, engineering, hazardous materials inspections, and licensing. For more information please visit https://www.oci.ga.gov/FireMarshal/Home.aspx or call (404) 656-2064 or 1 (800) 656-2298 (Toll Free).
Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD)
The Institute on Human Development and Disability works with others to create opportunities that will improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. IHDD advances the understanding of the abilities of all people through education, research and public service. For more information please visit https://l-webserver-prod.fcs.uga.edu/ihdd or call (706) 542-3457.
International Code Council
The International Code Council (ICC) is a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention. ICC develops the codes and standards used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. For more information please visit: www.iccsafe.org
National Council on Disability (NCD)
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families. NCD is composed of 15 members appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. www.ncd.gov
Office of the Disability Services Ombudsman (ODSO)
The mission of the ODSO is to promote the safety, well-being, and rights of individuals with disabilities. For more information please visit: www.dso.georgia.gov or call (404) 656-4261 (Phone) or 1-(866)-424-7577 (Toll-Free).
Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia, Inc.
The Mission of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia, Inc. is equal participation of people with disabilities within their communities. For more information please visit www.silcga.org/ or call (770) 270-6860 or 1 (888) 288-9780 (Toll Free).
Southeast ADA Center
The Southeast ADA Center is located in Atlanta, Georgia and serves as the regional office for an extended network of State and Local Affiliates from eight (8) states in the U.S. Southeast Region for Information, Training, Technical Assistance, and Materials related to the Americans with Disability Act. For more information please visit adasoutheast.org or call 1 (800) 949-4232 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] .
Title I Technical Assistance Manual
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is issuing this Technical Assistance Manual as part of an active technical assistance program to help employers, other covered entities, and persons with disabilities learn about their obligations and rights under the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title I of the ADA). ADA requirements for nondiscrimination in employment become effective for employers with 25 or more employees and other covered entities on July 26, 1992, and for employers with 15 to 24 employees on July 26, 1994. http://www.adata.org
Title II Technical Assistance Manual
Title II of the ADA calls on state and local governments to ensure that qualified individuals with physical and mental disabilities are afforded equal opportunity to participate in those programs, services and activities offered by state and local governments. https://archive.ada.gov/taman3.html
United States Access Board
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. www.access-board.gov
United Way 211
Launched in June 1997, United Way 211 is the nation's first 3-digit telephone dedicated to community life. Today, nearly 300,000 people a year dial 2-1-1 when they need help or want to help others. The service is free, confidential, & bilingual (English and Spanish). http://211online.unitedwayatlanta.org
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section: A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
This guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. www.ada.gov/cguide.htm
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) ADA.Gov
ADA.Gov provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information please visit http://ada.gov or call 1 (800) 514-0301 (Voice), or 1 (800) 514-0383 (TTY).