General Resources:

DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center

Provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA):
Website: | Phone: 800-949-4232 (Voice/TTY).

U.S. Department of Justice, Americans with Disabilities Act

ADA home page contains extensive federal resources, technical assistance, publications and checklists for understanding rights and responsibilities covered under the ADA:
Website: | Phone: 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY).

National Toll-Free Information Line:

Call to obtain answers to general and technical questions about the ADA and to order technical assistance materials:
Phone: 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TDD).

Access Board:

This information summarizes the provisions of the ADA and references the regulations issued by various agencies that are used to enforce them. Links are provided to these agencies. Regulations are referred to their location in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and their publication in the Federal Register (FR):

Job Accommodation Network:


Wisconsin Resources:

Disability Rights Wisconsin:

A private, nonprofit agency chosen by Wisconsin's Governor to provide protection and advocacy for people with disabilities throughout the state:

Wisconsin Independent Living Centers:

An independent living center (ILC) is a consumer-directed, non-profit organization that provides an array of services, including: peer support, information and referral, independent living skills training, advocacy, community education, personal care and service coordination. Independent living centers also provide information and access to assistive technology as part of the WisTech Program:

Accessible Parking Space Requirements:


WISTECH (Wisconsin Assistive Technology Program):

Email: WisTech Contact | Phone: 608-266-7974

Wisconsin Civil Rights Commission Equal Rights Division, Department of Workforce Development:


Madison Office
PO Box 8928
Madison, WI 53708
Phone: 608-266-6860 (voice) or 608-261-8752 (TTY)

Milwaukee Office
Phone: 414-227-4384 (voice) or 414-227-4081 (TTY).

Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD):

Formerly the Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Council is dedicated to improving the independence, productivity, and integration of people with developmental disabilities:
Email: | Website: |
Phone: 608-266-7826 (voice) or 608-266-6660 (TTY) | Fax: 608-267-3906.

Training and Information Centers:

Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support (WI FACETS)
Email: | Website: | Phone: 414-374-4645 (voice) or 414-374-4635 (TTY) | Fax: 414-374-4655

Native American Family Empowerment Center
Email: | Phone: 715-588-3324 or 715-588-7900 or 800-472-7207 (Wisconsin Only).

Other Wisconsin Resources:

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Website: | Phone: 608-243-5600 (voice) or 608-243-5601 (TTY) or 800-442-3477

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Website: | Phone: 608-266-6722 or 608-266-3348 or 608-261-4891

Wisconsin Employment Initiatives
Wisconsin employment initiatives designed to address the barriers to employment and community living faced by many individuals with disabilities. With input from key stakeholders including consumers, advocates and policy makers, these employment initiatives involve identifying current systematic barriers and designing creative ways to address them.
Website: | Phone: 608-261-8884.

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Assistive Technology:


Promotes the use of electronic and information technology (IT) for students and employees with disabilities in educational institutions at all academic levels. This Web site features the AccessIT Knowledge Base, a searchable, growing database of questions and answers regarding accessible IT. It is designed for educators, policy makers, librarians, technical support staff, and students and employees with disabilities and their advocates:

Computer Technology in Special Education and Rehabilitation:


The Trace Research & Development Center:

Part of the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founded to prevent the barriers and capitalize on the opportunities presented by current and emerging information and telecommunication technologies, in order to create a world that is as accessible and usable as possible for as many people as possible:

Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative:

A statewide project to make assistive technology devices and services more available to children with disabilities:


  • FAQs About Disability Disclosure Under the ADA answers a number of frequently asked disclosure questions.
  • Disability: Dispelling the Myths responds to a number of myths employers often hold about workers with disabilities. When your employee discloses a disability to you, be cognizant of any negative biases that might unfairly affect your employee.
  • Self-Disclosure Report: Disclosing and accommodating mental health impairments often presents very different issues than with other types of disabilities.


Dislocated Worker with a Disability:

Losing a job as a result of a business closure or workforce reduction can make for scary times – loss of income, benefits, security and confidence. For a person with a disability (or possible disability), dealing with these changes may be even scarier. Following is a resource guide that provides information about choices, options, and opportunities for dislocated workers with disabilities.

ADA Enforcement:

Department of Justice ADA Mediation Program:

This Department of Justice website describes the use of alternative means of dispute resolution, including mediation, to resolve ADA disputes:

Department of Justice ADA Enforcement Reports:


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Financial Resources:

U.S. Department of Justice Tax Incentives Packet:

This packet contains information about the disabled access credit that is available for small businesses and the tax deduction that is available for businesses of any size to help offset some of the costs of improving accessibility for customers or employees with disabilities. It also includes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form and instructions for claiming the disabled access credit, a list of ADA publications available free from the Department of Justice, and a list of telephone numbers and Internet sites to which you can turn for answers to your ADA questions:

ADA History:

The Disability History Museum:

Their mission is to promote understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities by recovering, chronicling, and interpreting their stories. Our goal is to help foster a deeper understanding of disability and to dispel lingering myths, assumptions, and stereotypes by examining these cultural legacies:

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Legal Assistance:

The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA):

In 1985 NELA was founded in order to provide assistance and support to lawyers in protecting the rights of employees. NELA is comprised of lawyers who represent individual employees in cases involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, employee benefits, and other employment related matters:

Wisconsin State Bar and Federal Legal Resources:

This site includes a wealth of information on a variety of legal subjects. It includes resources such as an attorney search function, information about educational opportunities, and articles about recent legal events:

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Training and Education:

The Great Lakes ADA & IT Center:

One of 10 regional centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a division of the U.S. Department of Education. Its purpose is to provide technical assistance and training to businesses and people with disabilities regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA):

Disability Rights Wisconsin (formerly the Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy):

The designated protection and advocacy organization for people with disabilities in the state of Wisconsin:

The ADA Basic Building Blocks:

An introductory web course that explores the legal requirements and the spirit of the ADA. The course content is self-paced and organized into 12 topics that have been designed to be studied in order. It covers the basic principles and core concepts contained in the ADA. For more information and to register for the course go to:

AccessIT, University of Washington:

Email: | Website: | Phone: 866-968-2223 (voice) or 866-866-0162 (TTY).

DBTAC National Network of ADA Centers:

Information, technical assistance, and training is also available from the Regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers:
Website: | Phone: 800-949-4232 (voice/TTY).

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Accessible Design:

U.S. Department of Justice:

ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The ADA gives the DOJ authority to issue regulations for title II and III of the ADA and to provide technical assistance and enforcement. DOJ also has authority to certify that a State or local accessibility code is equivalent to the ADA's requirements for new construction and alterations:

Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal:

This Department of Justice checklist helps identify accessibility problems and solutions in existing facilities in order to meet the obligations under the ADA:

Wisconsin State Park Accessibility:

There are six cabins for people with disabilities in Wisconsin State Parks. There are rustic cabins at Copper Falls and Blue Mound state parks and cabins with more amenities at Mirror Lake, Buckhorn, and Potowatami state parks and Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit:

Wisconsin Independent Living Centers:

An independent living center (ILC) is a consumer-directed, non-profit organization that provides an array of services, including: peer support, information and referral, independent living skills training, advocacy, community education, personal care and service coordination. Independent living centers also provide information and access to assistive technology as part of the WisTech Program:

Center for Universal Design:

National research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in buildings and related products:

Adaptive Environments Center:

Provides information on the National Access for Public Schools Project, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to help public schools implement the ADA:

U.S. Access Board (Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board):

The only independent federal agency whose primary mission is accessibility for people with disabilities:

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Voting in Wisconsin: A Guide for Citizens with Disabilities:


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Web Design:

Web Access Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium:

The official HTML standards body has posted design guidelines and sample code:

Page Valet:

Page Valet combines formal validation with accessibility testing based on the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines:

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