Resources: Federal Agencies

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces Title I (Employment) of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Visit the EEOC Web site for information on your employment rights and employer responsibilities under the ADA. Visit Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Web site
U.S. Department of Justice ADA Homepage (DOJ)
The U.S. Department of Justice enforces Title II (Public Services provided by state and local government) and Title III (Public Accommodations) of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Link to technical assistance publications, status reports, and recent settlement agreements. Information on filing an ADA-related complaint is also available. Visit Department of Justice ADA Homepage
U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board)
The U.S. Access Board is the designated federal agency responsible for setting accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Architectural Barriers Act and Rehabilitation Act. In addition to their responsibilities to develop accessible guidelines, they are also given authority to enforce the Architectural Barriers Act. Visit their site for updates on rulemaking and technical assistance publications. Visit Access Board Web site
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The FCC's primary link to telecommunications consumers. The FCC address all types of consumer-related matters - from answering questions and responding to consumer complaints, to distributing consumer education materials and assuring consumer input in their policy making activities. Visit Federal Communications Commission Web site
Section 508 ® The Road to Accessibility
The federal government Section website is intended to provide Section 508 information and guidance to visitors from other federal agencies to the site, as well as links to other .federal resources - Visit Section 508 Web site
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
The U.S. Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the U.S. Access Board, develops standards for transportation vehicles, including over-the-road buses, under the ADA. Visit Department of Transportation Web site
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Federal agency designated to enforce the Fair Housing Act. Visit site for information specific to rights of people with disabilities in residential dwellings. Visit Department of Housing and Urban Development Web site
U.S. Department of Education (DOE)
The U.S. Department of Education sets the standards and enforces the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In addition, DOE funds education and vocational rehabilitation services for children with disabilities. Visit Department of Education Web site
Social Security Administration (SSA)
Information on eligibility for Social Security and listings for your local office. Visit Social Security Administration Web site
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
The Department of Health and Human Services, through the Office for Civil Rights, handles title Sec. 504 & ADA Title II complaints for health and welfare programs, activities and services. Visit Health & Human Services Web site
U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
The Department of the Interior's Office of Civil Rights handles ADA Title II & Sec. 504 complaints for federal parks & recreation programs, activities & services. Visit Department of the Interior Web site
Disability Online
The disability online and special initiatives unit of the US Department of Labor's Employment & Training Administration is responsible for providing guidance on accessibility issues in One-Stop environments, provide policy guidance in the administration of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and facilitate partnering and collaboration with the WIA partners. Visit Disability Online Web site
National Council on Disability (NCD)
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities. Visit National Council on Disability Web site
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
The U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for administering and enforcing the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The department manages and implements the Disability Online. DDWP develops and implements workforce disability policy and program initiatives to address structural, programmatic and systematic employment barriers for people with disabilities and established an Office of Disability Policy (ODEP). Visit U.S. Department of Labor Web site
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
Under the U.S. Department of Labor, the Office of Disability Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policies as well as practices that affect the employment of people with disabilities. Visit Office of Disability Employment Policy Web site
Air Carrier Access Act
The US Department of Transportation Aviation Consumer Protection Division:
  • Receives informal complaints from members of the public regarding aviation consumer issues
  • Verifies compliance with the Department Of Transportation's (DOT) aviation consumer protection requirements
  • Provides guidance to the industry and members of the public on consumer protection matters
  • Makes available to the public information on pertinent consumer matters
To resolve issues on the spot as they occur or in advance of travel, call the DOT's hotline at (800) 778-4838 (voice) or (800) 455-9880 (TTY) from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern time. To have a complaint investigated by DOT, submit complaints by e-mail to or by mail to: Aviation Consumer Protection Division, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 7th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590. Visit Aviation Consumer Protection Division Web site
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is responsible for ensuring that employers doing business with the Federal government comply with the laws and regulations requiring nondiscrimination. OFCCP is part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration. Visit Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Web site
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Outreach for people with disabilities looking to start their own businesses. Visit Small Business Administration Web site